Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Victorian Dress

For the Nutcracker my dance teacher is putting on this year, I'm playing the role of Clara's mother, Mrs. Stahlbaum. It's been a lot of extra practices and busyness, but it has been somewhat fun. Plus, I get to dress up! It was dress rehearsal last night, so I had to get all prettied up. It turns out that I'm going to have to add royal blue bows to tie in with the other Stahlbaums, but I couldn't resist sharing the pictures my dad took. It's fun to look Victorian!

View from the front. Miriam Lofgren brought the dress home from the mission barrel at her college for me to play dress-up in. Now it actually fits me, and I can put it to good use! I added the ruffle on the bottom so that it would touch the floor and I'm wearing a small hoop skirt. The lace collar was my Grandma Nordholm's, as were the earrings and pin.

Side view; Michele helped me with my hair - I twisted it up, then she curled all the hair hanging down. It was fun how it turned out, because my hair has never curled all that well. Now I know how to do my hair for special occasions!

And a view from the back; the train is really pretty.

It's nice to have a valid excuse to dress up!

20 comments:

Anna S said...

Anna, this looks so pretty and old-fashioned :)

Bekah said...

Oh Anna!! That is absolutely beautiful! I would love a dress like that! You look simply gorgeous in it and I love your hairstyle!
God Bless!
~Bekah

Lindsey said...

I agree about it being nice to have a valid excuse to dress up! It's so fun! What a pretty dress, and I love your hair! How, exactly, did you "twist it up?"

Anna Joy said...

How beautiful! I reeally like the dress! I used to have a lot like that but pink, until after lots of years of love and use it sorta fell apart! :-D Your hair looks really pretty, too!

Sheila said...

VERY, very pretty! I love the dress and hair!

God bless,
Sheila

Anna Naomi said...

Lindsey: I put it in a ponytail, lifted it up and put a big roundish clip in it. Then I let the hair hang down the back over the clip and Michele curled it. It's pretty simple to do, but it took a while because of my long hair.

Anna Joy, yes, my friends and I have worn this dress for quite a few dressing-up times, plus the other dresses Miriam brought home. I had to repair minor rips and tears, but it still is pretty.

Ella said...

Wow! I love the dress, but I absolutely love the hair!! I am thinking of doing something like that for my senior recital. I do wonder...how will you dance in that long gown? I would very tripping! (Maybe it is because I haven't done dancing in forever!)

Miriam Rebekah said...

Lovely, Anna! Your hair is gorgeous! Good job, Michele!

Mrs. Hart said...

Oh, lovely! Nice job on the hair, Michele! Did you use a curling iron and lots of hairspray?
Mrs. Hart

Laura H. said...

Awesome dress! You look well in it!

Laura H.

Beverly said...

Gasp! How beautiful! I wish I had an excuse to dress up like this!

Anna Naomi said...

Ella: I'm not doing ballet; all I do is walk around and do a short minuet. My ballet class is doing the Arabian portion of the Nutcracker, and I'm not dancing that part because of the immodest costumes. The dress is long, but I'm getting used to it!

Mrs. Hart: That's exactly what we used - a curling iron and lots of hair spray.

Robert said...

That's a nice looking dress.That would would be a great dress to wear to a ball or reenactment.

Lauren Christine said...

Lovely! And your hair is beautiful too! :) I'm hoping to see the Nutcracker this year...

Anna Naomi said...

Robert: I agree. I'd much rather wear this kind of dress to a ball or prom (if I ever went!) then the skimpy dresses most wear today.

Lauren Christine: I hope you enjoy it. I can't fully endorse the Nutcracker, as often there's a lot of skimpy costumes. It's hard to find modest ballet costumes, but well worth it when you do.

Ella said...

Wow, Anna! I am so happy that you are standing for your convictions and not dancing in the Arabian dance. I cannot remember what the outfits were, but I am so [roud of you!

Anna Naomi said...

Ella: I've had to do this before. I wasn't in last year's recital because of the immodest costumes. Ballet is a hard thing to be a part of because of that, but I've learned to stand strong in my convictions with my parents' help. The sheer pants and nude stomach inset of the Arabian was what made me not want to wear it, needless to say!

Bonnie said...

Wow, that is a beautiful dress!! I am rather envious! ;-) That would be so much fun dressing up like that! Your hair looks really pretty too!

thepatriot said...

I love the dress, and your hair is so pretty! How did it go???

Anna Naomi said...

The dress rehearsal went fine. The actual production is December 8th. It will be a long day, with a dress rehearsal at 8 a.m. and shows at 2 and 7 p.m.