Sunday, November 14, 2010
Kind of awesome, really.
We know a lot about Sybil Ludington in this house right now.
Coming up with colonial costumes, two weeks after Halloween, was, as we say in the South, a total PITA OMG WTF? Like, by the time anyone could focus her attention on this, Party City and similar retail costume clothiers had turned their businesses into Christmas emporia with not a Betsy Ross lace cap to be found.
That's what I was tense about: the headwear. Laura had this old dress-up dress that we used as a base, though Laura complained that "the crushed velvet makes me look too rich and I'm supposed to be middle class." Yes dear, you are entirely too rich.
Then we added the long faux-leather vest, which was actually a "child's pirate vest" we found left over at Party City. Our concept for Sybil was that she was wearing her ordinary day dress and then, when it became clear that she had to go muster the militia, she threw on some of her father's riding gear and set out that minute.
We added the gloves because it took the look away from the sort of pirate moment we were starting to have.
But I knew the way to clinch "colonial" would be to add a bonnet or one of those Mother Goose lace caps. I could not find one, and nobody had one to lend. I tried to improvise something with a tea towel, and we started to venture into Mary and Joseph territory.
So somehow Laura and I came up with the idea that if I curled her hair, it would seem costumey and appropriately eighteenth century. I mean, all girls in early America had these ringlets, right? I'm sure there is an American Girl movie that says so. And anyway, I think it's more authentic than a bonnet because only grown, married ladies covered their heads all the time. Or so sayeth the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and that's authority enough for me. I got up at 6:45 and went to work with the curling iron and the hairspray, and she was SO IN LOVE with herself when I was finished.
Anyway, the whole event was super cute, even if those fourth-graders are Olympic-level mumblers.
And there was a very not-African Phyllis Wheatley there. Also, Laura's friend Patrick Henry was so cute I wanted to pin him to my jacket.
And in other Laura hair news, the cutest barrette arrived in the mail from Beth.
Beth has a cute Etsy shop where she sells these handmade felt barrettes. Thank you, Beth! Check her shop out if you need something for a little girl. Laura loves this barrette and it is totally in line with her sartorial commitment to peace.
That is what's going on with Laura's hair. She was so eager to keep these curls that she hasn't bathed all weekend. Delightful!
I hope y'all had a great Saturday and Sunday. More soon. xo-B