|Katy's Colonial Gown|
It appears that this adorable and very handy little pamphlet may have been produced by the Calumet Baking Powder Company as a promotional-advertising tool. For in it reads a foreward and aft, by Helen Harrington Downing, describing not only how to put on the very best party for children, but providing recipes for yummy refreshments using Calumet Baking Powder. And, if you think about it, Katy could be wearing a "powdered wig" having used Calumet as well!
|Our Washington's Birthday Party|
The book begins with a Father Time Party for New Years, followed by a Valentine's Day party, the next being a party for George Washington's birthday. As I'd just finished two Valentine outfits, I had little time to get Katy ready for the birthday party. While I don't think children go to parties for George Washington any longer, this book was written at a time, after WWI, when patriotism was again at a height.
|See who showed up at the party! Puff, Katy's cat!|
Katy's colonial costume was once again, one of those I was bound to learn so much from. With Polly's French Witch costume, I'd worked with paniers (bread loaves), the poufy half-skirts that cascade from the bodices. Yet, I'd not inserted lace into them, much less "poufed" them. I do recall once watching as Melanie, of Melanie's Alterations in town, was fitting a bride-to-be with her gown. The bride wished to have this panier look to her gown, and Melanie had to insert pulls to gather, and hooks to hook it up to the under dress.
|Shall We Dance?|
|Colonial Knots and Bows|
Before I finished the lining, by sewing it to the skirt waist, I made little black bows for the stomacher. I cut a small length of cardboard and wrapped 4mm black ribbon loops around it for each bow. I used a tiny bit of hat glue to secure each ribbon loop. Then I placed the loop on the stomacher, and sewed a piece of ribbon up through the back of the fabric, over and down to the inside, to pinch the loop into a bow, and tied the ends off in the back. Nice, neat little bows.
|Crossing the Delaware|
|The Cherry Race|
According the party manual, a good hostess will keep children busy, with no breaks in between, so the party moves along swiftly, and the guests will go home happy. We begin with proper invitations to the event. This one begins, "Come ye, Mistress (or Master), Be ye merry, Tho 'tis blustery February, Help us celebrate, With fun, the birthday of George Washington! Four o'clock the twenty-second."
|Hardtack for Hardships|
|Painting describing Pastor Weems' Fable|
|Baby Peggy - 1921 Silent Film Child Star|
|Chopping Down the Cherry Tree|
Katy also enjoys Chopping Down the Cherry Tree, which is played like Pin the Tail on the Donkey, only the children carry a paper hatchet to the cherry tree on the wall and pin it. The child whose hatchet is closest to the "chop" wins. One game she didn't enjoy was Hardships. The children are asked to choke down a hard tack biscuit like the kind the Continental Army had to exist on.
While enjoying my research on Frances Tipton Hunter, I discovered a lovely paper doll page about Baby Peggy. Baby Peggy was one of three famous child stars during the days of the silent films. You'll notice that child actress, Peggy-Jean Montgomery (aka Baby Peggy) is wearing a costume very like Katy's own.
If only I could create these costumes a little bit faster!
Let us take a moment on the 22nd of February and remember this remarkable man, George Washington, who for without his accomplishments, this country would not be what it is today. And, maybe bake a birthday cake using Calumet Baking Powder.
Miss E. Mouse
(answer: It always has a knocker.)
|Frances Tipton Hunter's Paper Doll, Baby Peggy|
|Frances Tipton Hunter - A Brilliant Woman!|
|Katy Wins For Best Costume|