Little Orphan Annie

Remember how I bought some shoes, and became an indentured Etsy alchemy servant? Well, last night I finished alchemy order number two: Little Orphan Annie.
I think she turned out well, don’t you? Forget that I had to google “orphan annie red dress” multiple times, and still the only original photo I could find was this one. I sort of had to use my imagination and design skills. What little orphan annie dress would I want my three-year-old to step out in on Halloween?
One with puffed sleeves? One with a sweet peter pan collar? One with an easy on/off zipper in the back covered by a bow? Yes, please.
And then my dear neighbor came to the rescue with an old broken locket. Though Annie’s locket was supposedly broken, I thought that may confuse a paying customer. Thanks to some dinking around with jewelry making in my day, I was able to easily get it into working order. I also was able to swipe a chain from a no longer used necklace, to shorten and fix with an appropriate closure. Perfect.
The lining of the dress was originally red. That was before it was too small and I had to use the skirt material from the lining to rebuild the bodice on the new dress. And then replace the lining with old curtains white muslin. It’s always an adventure!
So, another one down. I’m left with a wedding dress alteration (for a friend, not Etsy), a little bird costume, custom initial pillows (for a friend, not Etsy), an adult pinafore, a vampire bride dress, and a punk rock royal gown. Not a boring minute around here during nap time!


  1. yours truly
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Hey! That looks awesome! Exactly how I remember it from the movie. So… want just ONE more project on your hands? I was going to email you, but since you're talking about how much free time you have I'll just ask you now:) IF you think you'd have time, and of course I will be more than understanding if you don't, Tate needs a red 'Olivia the pig' dress (and some felt pig ears on a headband) made for Halloween? It's pretty similar to the Annie dress, actually. Anyway… email and let me know what you think. If not, I'll just try out the Alchemy thing and see if I can get someone else. Just wanted to ask you first.

  2. Our Pratt Pack
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    LOVE IT!!

  3. buddens
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

    Is there a boring minute that's NOT during nap time either? My guess is no. Love your musings, your talents, and your guts.

  4. Rebecca Grace
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    It's beautiful! This looks like an expensive boutique party dress, not a Halloween costume — we saw a community theatre production of Annie a couple of weeks ago, and the dress the actress wore on stage wasn't half as good as yours.

  5. amy langley
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 1:56 am | Permalink

    Ok that turned out so cute. That little girl is going to be super excited to wear it.

  6. Chelsea
    Posted September 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    That is really, really cute. As someone who performed in Annie twice, I can say with certainty that your dress is cuter than anything I ever wore 😉

  7. Sheryl
    Posted September 30, 2010 at 8:56 am | Permalink

    and a quick hem for little lea. 🙂 could i come by and get that tomorrow so she can wear it before it turns to cold?

  8. Shirley
    Posted November 24, 2014 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    How much is this?

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