Monday, September 23, 2013

Anne spelled with an "E"

"What a splendid day! ... I pity people who aren't born yet for missing it. They may have good days, of course, but they can never have this one."

We read the books over and over again - Mom read them aloud to us, then we read them silently to ourselves a dozen times. Needless to say - we loved them! :)

In fact, we loved them so much that we refused to watch the movies, for fear it would dash the image we had in our minds from reading the books - "After all," we said, "Anne is all about imagination!" and so we bore stares of disbelief from all our friends when they would talk about the movies, and we'd have to admit, that in our late teens, we still hadn't seen the movies.

Mrs. Linhart was one who insisted that we HAD to watch them. She tried to get us to do it for years actually, because she liked them that much. She loves the movies as much as we love the books! Which makes her a kindred spirit, because, either way, movie or book, it means that we both LOVE Anne to death. :)

A little over a year ago, another friend, Christie, gave Kathryn the DVD of the 1st Anne of Green Gables for her birthday, along with an invite up to her in-laws house where they have an in-house theater, to watch it for the first time.

And....we just couldn't resist any longer.

And guess what. We liked it. A lot. :)

I still hold on that the books are better, but the movie is pretty great too, especially in an age where it's next to impossible to find innocent, clean movies.

Actually, we liked it so well that we rented the second movie from the library the next week and watched that too - we figured we may as well go in all the way! :)

So that's my Anne of Green Gables confession. Now onto what this post is really about - Mrs. Linhart's Anne of Green Gables tea party, and my outfit. :)

As Mrs. Linhart's birthday was coming up, Emily, Kathryn, and I knew that the most meaningful party we could give her would be an Anne of Green Gables tea party, so we had planning sessions of what to make for it, Emily came over and we watched the movies to "get inspiration", and it was all around a fantastic party!! Time spent with kindred spirits is always good.

"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world."
We had to make Plum Puffs... and they were SO GOOD!!! :) 
My sister wrote out Anne quotes and put them around the table.

Yep, that's Raspberry Cordial (the non-alcohlic type)
To the right are little chicken salad cups, cucumber sandwiches and carrot cake. We decided on the chicken salad because of the quote: 
"I just wish I was a rich American and could spend my summer at a hotel and wear jewels and low-necked dresses and have ice-cream and chicken salad every blessed day." (said by Jane Andrews in the book)

We put doilies across the ceiling - it was just a whimsical flair to the day, and after the fact we remembered Diana talking about how many doilies she wanted to have when she got married, so it fit the theme too! :)

A green table cloth, with a lace one over it, swirled napkins to resemble the seaside shells, white flowers for "The White Way of Delight", homemade chalkboard place cards, and of course, the slate with the famous "Ann(e) Shirley has a very bad temper" written on it. :) We were going to crack the slate, but decided not to... there was no head to crack it over anyway. :)

One of my dearest friends, Emily! We look like Anne and Diana here!
"I believe I could be a model child if I were just invited out to tea every day."
And here's my outfit....

The skirt is made from Simplicity #9723, which is the same thing I used for the petticoat. I ditched the V insert on the skirt, and instead cut the pattern down the side back, to have 5 seams total on the skirt rather than the 3 it originally had. And then I did pleats instead of gathers, and buttons/buttonholes instead of the zipper. I had to make a placket for that, and finally I added the tucks.
  The blouse is a combination of Simplicity #9723, Butterick #3992 and rectangles, and tweaks and my imagination. Honestly, I don't totally remember what I did to get to this point, other than make mock-ups, stare at movie screen caps, and make lots of mistakes. :)
The front has 3 tiny pleats across the seam. It's made of white muslin and has a lace overlay.
"A flattering looking glass is a promoter of amiability."
The skirt is made of cotton sateen, and I will make you all jealous when you hear that I got it for a whopping $2.70 a yard..... :)

 Since the skirt is flared, putting tucks in the skirt would have been a nightmare, so I did strips of fabric and then hand stitched them on, so they look like tucks.
The back buttons...

.... and so does the skirt
The sleeve also has 4 tucks in it.
We did a dramatic reading of "The Lady of Shallot" for the party - reciting poetry is becoming such a lost art... but after reading poems, you can see why... they are terribly depressing. :)
A true statement....

"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"


  1. I was rather excited to see this post. :) This has to be one of the best outfits you've made - I really like this era. Thank you for posting this!

    P.S. What pattern(s) did you use?

  2. Yaaaay.... it's SO beautiful! I want it. Like, a lot. ;-) You're amazing! That is all.

  3. Moriah - Thanks so much! I was rather pleased with it myself. :) I totally forgot to add what patterns I used into the post... I just updated it with all that information!! :)

    Kathryn - :D ;)

  4. What a fun party! I've never read any of the Anne books, but my mom, sisters, and I watched all the movies for the first time this year, which we really enjoyed.

    Your outfit is perfect! I really love the lace on the blouse. So pretty!

  5. Oh, you did such a beautiful job! I absolutely love your outfit. And the party seems like it must have been such fun! Oh, and your hair is spot on too. ;)

    The Middle Sister and Singer

  6. Beautiful! Love Lucy Maud Montgomery books and the Edwardian era. :)

  7. Oh my word!!! This is the most perfect post ever shared in the blogosphere. :Everything: is absolutely perfection!! I've loved Anne and her world for as long as I can remember, and every picture here is completely blowing me away. Your outfit! Hair! The tea and quotes and that gorgeous copy of The Lady of Shallot and Kathryn's exquisite photography.

    Thanks you so much for sharing this... it completely made my day. May I please come next time? If I confess - then may I? :smile:

    Accordion to Kellie

  8. Love it!! The party looks so amazing, I love how much thought and detail was put into everything. :-)

  9. Tell your sister that I want that last photo in a big print. -Mom

  10. Absolutely lovely, Tara! I love this time period. =)

  11. Such a gorgeous ensemble! Would you consider making a tutorial for this hair style? :) It's perfectly exquisite!

  12. Beautiful costume! Also, I love your hair! I can never figure out how to do my hair like that. Can you do a tutorial?

  13. Sereina - Thanks!! You should definitely try the books... they are classic!! :)

    Brigid - Thank you! It WAS such fun!!

    Anna Olivia - Me too!! :)

    Kellie - Your comment made me smile so big - thanks for the enthusiasm!! :) Sure, come on out anytime! :) Anne fans are always welcome! :)

    Lily - Thanks!! We had so much fun trying to think up how to tie everything together to make it very "Anne". :)

    Mom - ok. :)

    Samantha - I love the 1900's too! So much to love about it! Thanks for the comment!

    Cheri - I can try to put up a hairstyle tutorial for you... I'll work on that in the near future! :)

    Riza - Thanks! We actually had to have a practice session with the hair before we went to the party.... it just includes really tight curls and tons of teasing. :) I'll try to get a tutorial up for you!

  14. What a great theme for a party, and you went all out for it! Your outfit looks amazing too. I think you win a "kindred spirit" award for this latest endeavor!

  15. Beautiful! All of it! You did a great job on that skirt & blouse too! How lovely! Thanks for posting such beauty - it made my day!

  16. Oh my! You look so lovely and perfectly period. A recent discovery of the stage version of Newsies (laugh as much as you'd like) has made me rediscover the loveliness of the late Victorian/early Edwardian and this is exactly what I'd like to make if I had the time to sew it! And what a party! :D

  17. Susan - Thanks!! I'm honored to receive the kindred spirit award. ;)

    Heidi - Glad to brighten your day!!

    Lisa - Newsies!!! I just recently saw that for the first time and thought it was adorable! :) Thanks for the comment!! :)

  18. Very nicely done! :-) I must agree about the differences between books and movies... I'm reading North and South now, since I like the movie so much, though generally it's best to read first, then watch. You should have broken the slate though.... but if you didn't have a head to break it over, I understand.. :-)

    Oh, and did you reenact 'The Lady of Shalott"? You could float in the pond... Though you would get your new dress wet, and there isn't a bridge pillar to grab on to.... :-)

  19. basically... this is FANTASTIC.

    I love that movie to death. :D Loved the book too, but I ought to reread it, since it's been a decade at least.

    Beautiful photography, Kathryn!! And Tara, you looked perfect. =)

  20. Emil - I have North and South on my reading list right now... I've heard it is even better than the movie, so I'm rather eager! :)
    I thought about going out in the boat for some photos actually, but that would have just been asking for a disaster......... ;)

    Laura - :D Anne is one of those books I go to when I just need an easy, funny read to pick-me-up. :) Wasn't Kathryn great?? I am so blessed to have such an amazing sister, that on top of being so amazing, also takes pictures for me!! :) Love you muchly!! :)

  21. Beautiful job Tara. And how clever to do strips instead of tucks, you can't see the difference. Gorgeous pictures Kathryn, all of it definitely a winner! Love, Oma

  22. Thanks, Oma!! Love you!!

  23. Oh how delightful your whole ensemble is! The colors and those sweet buttons on your skirt...You look as if you stepped out of "Anne of Green Gables"! How very fun to look at your lovely creation!


  24. this is utterly charming. I love all the details.

  25. What a perfectly lovely post to stumble upon today! Oh, I am going to have to have an Anne tea party with my daughters (I have seven) so we can dress up! Your outfit is beautiful. {{sigh}} Sometimes I wish we still dressed this way.

  26. What camera do you take your pictures with?

  27. Your outfit is breathtaking! I'm inspired to go sew!! I love the table setting; I've always wanted to have an Anne themed party!

    Rachel @

  28. Kristen - Thanks! We thought it was a rather charming party too! :)

    Chocolate on my Cranium - I agree - it would be so much fun if dressing like this was the norm, but I do have to admit, I enjoy getting into my modern clothes at the end of the day - they are way more comfortable in my opinion! :) I do you hope you end up doing a party with your daughters! I'm sure it would be a memory they'd never forget!

    Hanni Banani - My sister ( takes almost all the photos on my blog. She shoots with a Canon 60D. :)

    Rachel - Thanks so much for the comment! I'm glad you're inspired - that's one of the reasons I started my blog - to hopefully inspire others to sew! :)

  29. Kristen - Thank you! We really had fun with this tea party, as you can see! :)

    Chocolate on my Cranium - I agree - I often wish we always dressed like this... though I admit, I'm very happy to return to my more comfortable modern day clothes after a full day in historical garb! :)

    Hanni Banani - My sister takes most of my photos, and she shoots with a Canon 60D - you can visit her website here:

    Rachel - Yay! I'm glad you were inspired!

  30. I love the outfits you are wearing and especially this one. You are looking like a real lady!
    Greetings from Germany

  31. Thank you, Frank!

  32. Awww... You had an Anne themed tea party!! Sigh... Anne has been my favourite literary character since I was eight I think.. None of the new heriones can light a candle to her. Anyway.. Love, love,love your costume! ! So well done and so very pretty!! Great work. Keep it up!!

    1. I agree - you just can't beat Anne! :) Thanks for the comment!

  33. This is amazing...I'm definitely inspired to do a Anne tea party now!

    1. Good! Themed tea parties are the best!

  34. So I followed the link from your AoGG Hairstyle tutorial, and I really have to say I'm very impressed by you! You're a very creative girl. Im soo impressed!

    1. Thank you so much for the encouragement, Elina!

  35. This post is so amazing.... :) You did such a good job on the outfit! Can you do a tutorial on how to make the outfit? I have loved the Anne of Green Gables books and movies for a long time now... Its good to know that me and my mother aren't the only ones in the world who love the Victorian time era... I hope my mother will let me have a Victorian birthday party.....

    1. Thank you! I mainly just followed some patterns and draped on myself, so it would be a little hard to give a step by step tutorial... I'd say just get some cheap fabric and start learning through patterns and trial and error....

  36. Oh my goodness, I am positively swooning!

  37. As Anne said the first time she travelled along the White Way of Delight, "It's delightful when your imaginations come true, isn't it?" :)
    I loved that brown skirt with the tucks the first time I saw it in Anne of Avonlea, and I've wanted one like it ever since. I might have to buy the pattern, which I have found on eBay. How difficult was it to exchange the zip for buttons, though?
    Beautiful sewing, and it looks like you had a great time at the party! :)

    1. Thank you, Anna! It wasn't hard at all to exchange the zipper, but if you aren't used to doing plackets, I'd suggest doing a couple of practice rounds first! :)



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