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American Girl The Sound of Music T-Shirt Outfit


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Well, it’s the weekend again so I’ve got another American Girl outfit made!  This one as you can see in the pictures includes: a Chevron pattern bracelet, a Sound of Music Broadway logo t-shirt, a turquoise circle skirt, and turquoise duct tape Toms style shoes.

The Chevron friendship bracelet is made of 3 strings, each a different color, folded in half.  I have made a lot of friendship bracelets in my time, for myself and for others, so I sized the lengths of the strings down.  I’ve made so many of these bracelets, I didn’t need to measure the strings or anything, I could just tell if they were long enough from experience.  Here’s a tutorial on how to make a Chevron bracelet: Instructables.

The t-shirt pattern is from SimplySweetByb.com here.  I also used it in the Purple and Black Skirt outfit.  It’s the easiest one to make that I’ve seen so far.  I bought Avery Iron-On Transfer paper at Wal Mart.  I found a photograph that I could use to put on the shirt.  I looked around on Google Images and decided on the Broadway The Sound of Music logo for this shirt.  I really like the way it turned out.

Using the iron on transfers was very simple and easy.  All you need is an iron, tissue paper, a regular printer (preferably a color printer), and iron on transfer paper.  Iron on transfer paper is about $7-$10 for five sheets.  Since the pictures I print for the t-shirts are small enough to fit onto the shirt, I can probably do three pictures separately onto one sheet, or more if I printed them all at once.

I will be making more t-shirts with other designs on them soon!  I’ve got some ideas such as Frozen, Tangled, some other Disney themes, and Broadway musical logos.

I mostly followed the directions here for the circle skirt.  Next time I make one I will make it a little longer then this turquoise one, so I can hem the bottom!  Instead of using a cloth waistband, like the tutorial I used said to do, I used elastic and pinned it.  I didn’t do it quite right, but when experimenting, one rarely gets it right the first time.  Luckily, what isn’t quite right is underneath the shirt so you can’t even see it when she’s wearing it!

The shoes are duct tape Tom style shoes from this YouTube video.  The shoes in the photo are the third pair of shoes I’ve made this way, the first pair was a trial run with Minnie Mouse duct tape (maybe they’ll be in a future outfit), and the second a patterned pair that will be in a future outfit.  After I made my first pair I went to the store and bought two roles of duct tape.  I think I need to make a couple more pairs to alter the tutorial to perfection, but they are super easy and quick to make.  The way I see it these shoes are nice and way better then no shoes at all (which is what my doll had before).  Since I never buy anything for my American Girl Doll, she only has the shoes which she came in and a pair of ice skates I got for my birthday once.




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American Girl Doll Sound of Music Inspired Floral Dress

front floral dressThis is inspired by the play clothes Maria makes for the children out of old curtains in The Sound of Music.  I actually made the dress from floral pattern curtain.
For the top of the dress I used the  Free Doll Trendy T-Shirt Pattern on LibertyJanePatterns.com, except I omitted the sleeves.  The skirt I simply made a rectangle of cloth, gathered it, and sewed it to the top.  The back attaches with Velcro, as well as a snap.

angle floral dressNext I’m going to post some jean shorts!




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Leavenworth Summer Theater 2014 Season

Leavenworth is Washington state’s Bavarian village.  Leavenworth provides shopping and fun for all ages.  It is also the home of Leavenworth Summer Theater.  LST began in 1994, and was started by John and Susan Wagner and Bill Weis.

This summer Leavenworth Summer Theater will be producing three fantastic shows.  Fiddler on the Roof at the Leavenworth Fish Hatchery Park Stage, The Drowsy Chaperone at The Festhalle Theater, and their 20th annual production of The Sound of Music at the Ski Hill Amphitheater.

The signature performance of The Sound of Music at the Ski Hill Amphitheater is a wonderful outdoor experience.  Directly behind the stage is a beautiful view of the mountains in the background, creating a wonderful setting for the show.  Sitting under the stars, enjoying the story of the Von Trapp family, and hearing the crickets accompany the show creates an experience like no other.   It is an ideal way to end a fabulous day in Leavenworth.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is based on the true story of the Von Trapp family.  It tells the story of a young postulant, Maria, who is sent by the Reverend Mother of the Nonnberg Abbey to be a governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven children.  She discovers the children don’t know how to sing, and accidentally falls in love with the Captain.

Word has gotten around about this excellent summer evening fun in Leavenworth, and the tickets sell quickly!  To learn more about the theater, the experience, and how to get tickets visit the Leavenworth Summer Theater website.

The Sound of MusicJuly 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 19, 22, 24, 25, 31 and August 1, 5, 8, 14, 16, 19, 22, 27, 30, 31 at 8:00pm

Fiddler on the RoofJuly 16, 18, 23, 26, 30 and August 2, 7, 9, 12, 15, 20, 23, 26, 29 at 8:00pm

The Drowsy ChaperoneJuly 29, August 6, 13, 21, 28 at 8:00 p.m. and August 2, 9, 16, 23 at 2 p.m.


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“The Sound of Music” and What Actually Happened to the Family




The movie and musical The Sound of Music is loosely based upon the story of a real life family that lived in Austria before touring in concert around America and Europe.

The Real Story of the von Trapp family … 1926 To 1987

Agathe Whitehead von Trapp, Captain Georg von Trapp’s first wife, died of scarlet fever in 1922.  The family moved from Pola, to outside of Salzburg.

Maria Augusta Kutschera was a young teacher at the Nonnberg Abbey (Nonnberg Nunnery) near Salzburg, Austria.  She was, though not as readily in the film, a playful person and did slide down banisters.

It was unusual to be called to the Reverend Mother’s office, so when Maria was called one day she went over everything she had done.  In the room with the Reverend Mother, all her fears vanished.  The Reverend Mother told of a family who needed a teacher for a young daughter whose health was fragile.

Maria had no choice but to go, as the Reverend Mother confirmed to her that it was God’s will for her to go.  The children wanted Maria to marry their father, the Captain, so they might have her with them forever.  Maria frightened, returned to the abbey and asked the Reverend Mother if this was the will of God.  She reluctantly returned and married Georg von Trapp.  To see the ages of the children when Maria married the Captain, scroll down to the comparison table.

The family lived happily in Austria together for almost 12 years before they left Austria.  They did not establish their name of The Trapp Family Choir or sing in public until 1936.  By this time the seven children of the family were 25, 23, 22, 21, 19, 17 and 15.  Rosemarie was born in 1929 and Eleonore “Lorli” in 1931.  In 1936, they were 7 and 5 years old.

In 1938, the family went on concert tours through Europe and then a three month tour in America.  They returned to a year Europe later, because their visitor visa in America had expired and they had been denied a renewal.  They toured, and paid a short visit to Austria while in Europe.  About a year later, they returned to America in 1939.  The family now had 10 children.  Johannes was born in 1939 in America.

After touring for a while and living in Pennsylvania, they bought a large farm near Stowe, Vermont.  Eventually, in 1944, they began a camp of “Sing Weeks” during the summer.  The camp was a remodeled C.C.C. camp.  Four times a summer, for ten days each, at least a hundred guests would come to the camp and dedicate the next ten days to enjoying the outdoors, singing, and gathering in the chapel.

Captain Georg Von Trapp died of a lung tumor in 1947.  He had been a heavy smoker until he quit when he married Maria at the age of 47.

The family became United States citizens in 1948 after waiting five years.

Martina von Trapp (Gretel in the movie is based on this real life person), died during childbirth in 1951, at the age of 30.

Hedwig von Trapp died in 1975 at the age of 58.

A fire in 1980 destroyed much of the original camp, and reconstruction began soon after.  The Trapp Family Lodge was completed in 1983, and still operates with many activities throughout the year.

Maria Augusta Trapp died in 1987.   Much of her life she suffered with kidney problems as well.

Johanna von Trapp died at the age of 75 in 1994.

Werner von Trapp passed away in 2007 at the age of 91.

Agathe von Trapp passed away in 2013 at the age of 97.

The von Trapps Now

vontrappchildrenFour great grandchildren (left) of Captain von Trapp and Agathe Whitehead Trapp have been touring the world singing as ‘The Von Trapp Children’.  They have made a number of CDs.

The surviving members of the original von Trapp family live in Stowe, Vermont.  Johannes von Trapp, the only son of Georg and Maria, assists in the operations of the Trapp Family Lodge (right).  The Lodge offers many activities for all ages.

Villa TrappThe home where the Von Trapps once lived in Austria (left) was sold by the family, when it was returned to them after the war, to “The Missionaries of the Precious Blood”.  In 2007, it was sold by the Missionaries.  It is now “Villa Trapp” where guests can discover the home, where most of the Von Trapp family’s time was spent during the years 1923 to 1938.

Recently at the Panorama Museum in Salzburg, Austria an exhibit took place on the Trapp family.  It was called “The Trapp Famliy.  Reality and “The Sound of Music”.  It featured hundreds of items including original objects and photographs.

Versions of the Trapp Family Story

broadway premiereThe musical version of the von Trapp family story premiered on Broadway (left), with music and lyrics by Rodgers and Hammerstein,  in tjulie andrews sound of musiche Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on November 16, 1959 as The Sound of Music.  Mary Martin played the role of Maria.  The show broke box office records and ran for 1,443 performances.

The Sound of Music movie (right) was released in 1965.  The film was extremely popular, as the musical before it, and grossed over 150 million dollars.  It starred Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp.

The musical had a revival on Broadway in 1998 at the Martin Beck Theatre and it ran for 533 performances.  Rebecca Luker played Maria Rainer.  It grossed over 17 million dollars.

the sound of music NBC

A version of The Sound of Music recently premiered on NBC, starring Carrie Underwood as Maria.  It was released on DVD on December 17, 2013.  The CD recording of the music was released on December 5.

Major changes from Maria Augusta Trapp’s book The Story of the Trapp Family Singers to The Sound of Music

— The children were different ages and names, see table below

— The names of the following characters were changed: Maria Kutschera to Maria Rainer and Princess Yvonne to Frau Schraeder

— Max Detweiler is an added character, but assumes the basic role of Father Wasner in the actions of promoting The Von Trapp Family Choir

— Georg von Trapp’s character is grim and unfeeling in the movie and musical unlike his nonfictional self

— Maria did not go to care for all the children, but only Maria (Louisa in the movie), who was 12 years old

— The children knew how to sing, but didn’t know all the traditional songs that Maria loved to sing

— Maria did not marry the Captain because she was in love with him

— It was many years after Maria and Georg were married that they left Austria

— The von Trapp family did not escape after singing in a concert

The Children

Although there are seven children in the movie, as there were in real life, the names and ages are changed.  Below is a table of the names and ages when Maria came to the Trapp home in 1926.

  Leisl   16   Agathe   13
  Friedrich   14   Rupert   15
  Louisa   13   Maria   12
  Kurt   11   Werner   11
  Brigitta   9   Hedwig   9
  Marta   7   Johanna   7
  Gretel   5   Martina   5

More About the Real Family

To learn more about the real von Trapp’s the movie and musical is loosely based on, I would recommend autobiographies by a few of the family members:  (Click for link to Amazon page)

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp (this was the inspiration for The Sound of Music)

Maria – My Own Story by Maria Kutschera von Trapp

Yesterday, Today and Forever by Maria von Trapp

Memories Before and After The Sound of Music by Agathe von Trapp

The Last Salute by Georg von Trapp

Other books:

The World of The Trapp Family by William Anderson

The Trapp Family Book by Hans Wilhelm

My Favorite Songs: Maria Von Trapp’s Childhood Folk Songs

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