Sound of music dress

Yesterday, in 1965, The Sound of Music had its U.K. premiere (it premiered a few weeks earlier, on March 2, in the U.S.). In honor of the movie my family used to watch every Christmas, let’s look at the top costumes in The Sound of Music!

This is going to be a highly subjective list, and I welcome your debate in the comments!

Like I said, my family watched this yearly. I remember thinking it was fine and I liked the songs, until suddenly in my mid-teens I realized, “THIS IS THE MOST ROMANTIC MOVIE IN THE WORLD.” I don’t know if I’m a SoM nut, but I do know that I watched the Andrew Lloyd Webber British TV show to cast his new production (How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?), and that upon going to London the following year, I went to see the show in the West End (Team Connie, FTW!), and I’ve also seen it on Broadway, and whenever I make it to Austria I WILL be doing the SoM tour. So, yeah. Slightly nutty? I don’t have Captain von Trapp sheets, if that makes you feel any better!

I should mention that the costumes were designed by Dorothy Jeakins, who also designed Samson and Delilah, Niagara, South Pacific, The Unforgiven, The Children’s Hour, The Music Man, True Grit, The Way We Were, Young Frankenstein, and a whole lot more.

So here, from 15 all the way up to Number 1, my list of Top Iconic Costumes in The Sound of Music — filmed in the 1960s, set in the 1930s:

15. Maria’s Novice Dress

I have to include it, because it’s the iconic first scene, cover-of-the-DVD-box dress. There’s nothing exciting about it, but it’s THE Sound of Music dress.

14. Maria’s Wet T-Shirt Dress

When Maria and the kids accidentally flip their boat, they all come out dripping wet. The Captain is Pissed Off, but you could cut the sexual tension with a knife. Maria is covered in about 30 pounds of wool, but you know the Captain is just picturing her in a wet, white T-Shirt.

“I’ll hold your clothes if you’d like to further divest yourself, milady.”

The Captain is seriously hoping for some nip-slip action.

13. Leisl’s Kiss Dress

I remember being very confused by this dress when I was young. It seemed far too full and short to be a 1930s dress. And while I still think it has some 1960s overtones to it, I can now see something of what they were going for. It’s pretty, it’s girly, and it’s young.

Pssst: Hint to Leisl. Don’t fall in love with a Nazi. It never ends well.

12. All the Nuns’ Habits

Admit it. While you might want more bling, the costumer in you was/is strangely attracted to nuns’ habits, because it’s like The Lion in Winter!

Think of all the chins we could hide inside of those wimples!

11. Maria’s Make-Out Dress

Maria comes back to the von Trapps’ house, the Baroness gets out of the way, and the Captain and Maria get it ON. Okay, they sing about having been good as children, and they finally kiss. At night. Outside. In silhouette. It’s pretty damn cheesy, and it’s pretty damn romantic.

This is always the point in the movie when I wish Maria could quickly grow longer hair.

10. The Drapery Outfits

Is the man in your life a jerk who won’t pay child support or won’t kick down for playclothes for the kids? Do like Maria and Scarlett and get creative with the drapery!

Anything with Gretl is good.

9. Lederhosen & Dirndls FTW!

Got the man in your life on track with those child support payments? Get shopping at Ye Olde ClothesHaus, home of the lederhosen and the dirndls! You know they make the 14-year-old-at-RenFaire in you happy.

“And after we finish singing, we shall churn the butter!”

8. Maria’s Ländler Dress

It’s The Moment… when the Captain realizes that while he could have a hot, sophisticated, gorgeous, rich woman, he’d rather have the aspiring nun with the bad hair. It’s the most romantic thing EVER. They dance. They gaze into each others’ eyes. You could cut the sexual tension with a KNIFE. If the film were made today, they’d throw themselves onto the buffet table and get to sexytimes — but this is the 1960s, so, no sexytimes. Yet.

“I used my womanly wiles to steal your MAN? Oh I’m so ashamed!”

7. The Captain in White Tie

Captain von Trapp is a patriot. We all know this. He’s all about rocking the forest green lapels and the slightly traditional Austrian suit. But when he breaks out the white tie for the big party, he suddenly becomes Mr. Suave. Of COURSE all the local nuns are going to drop their bloomers! Wouldn’t you?

“I can’t put my gloves on, because then you would all faint. Seriously.”

6. The Baroness’s Red Evening Number

Just about everything the Baroness wears KICKS SERIOUS BUTT. This one is hard to find shots of, but I think it’s a long slinky evening gown with a matching, beaded bolero. Rowr.

“I’m giving you up, but I’m wearing this number so you’ll never forget me. Admit it. I have better hair.”

5. Maria’s Mummy’s-All-Growed-Up-Now Suit

Maria marries the Captain, they go off on their honeymoon, hymens are broken, and suddenly Mummy Is All Growed Up. She can advise Leisel on how to deal with petty man problems, because she’s ALL WOMAN now. Suddenly she goes from ill-fitting sackcloth and sweet but demure dresses, to fitted, sophisticated suits. Hot-cha-cha!

So smart!

4. The Baroness’s Casual Ensemble

I just want to wear this while lounging poolside in Hawaii with a martini in hand. It’s SO effortlessly chic and sophisticated while being casual. And I don’t even DRINK martinis! But I would, if I had this outfit.

3. The Baroness’s Suit

Dude, The Baroness. Can anyone beat her? She is so fucking fabulous. I love this suit, not just because it’s sexxxxxay, but because that blouse coming down around the hips with the big bow says, “Yeah, this is my ass, and it is FINE.”

“If you’re naughty, I shan’t twerk.”

“Yeah yeah she’s wet, whatever. I’M OVER HERE MISTER.”

2. Maria’s Wedding Dress

While it reads more 1950s than 1930s to me, this dress is the EPITOME of sophistication. Beautiful fit. High neck and long sleeves. Simple with no trimming. Massive train. Massive veil. I wish I had remembered this dress when I went to make my own wedding gown, it would have been great inspiration.

To quote reader Todd, who said on Facebook, “…the fact it’s supposed to made for her by the Nuns is EVEN BETTER.” SERIOUSLY, AMIRITE?

Perfect, unadorned silk.

Miles of train.

“You’re right, I DO look fabulous!”

That neckline is PERFECT.

I always loved that the nuns had to stay behind the grill. THE MYSTERIES OF THE WEDDING NIGHT REMAIN VERBOTEN.

1. The Baroness’s Evening Gown

Sorry, kids. Nobody beats the Baroness when it comes to evening glamor. Fight me all you want in the comments, I’ll never budge on this.

She’s a tall, cool, column of ice with a dash of cream for spice. LOVE the gold lame. LOVE the shoulder poufy thing. And while her hair always rocks, it rocks EXTRA HARDCORE when paired with these colors. How the Captain can look at Maria, I have no idea.

Alright, let’s do this. Did I miss any costumes you love? Wanna debate my rankings? Let me know in the comments! I can take it!

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Dorothy Jeakins designed the wonderful Sound of Music Costumes for the 1965 movie and since then many people have re-created them for parties, events and Sound of Music sing a long’s at the theatre!

Here are a few suggestions and idea’s for your perfect ‘Sound of Music’ costume adding to your ‘Sound of Music’ experience! You can buy these or make them yourself at home, I tend to make my own because it gives it that personal touch.

Nun
Why not represent the Abbey and dress up as a nun all the while singing ‘How Do you Solve a Problem Like Maria’?

Children (male)
Why not wear the traditional Austrian Lederhosen as worn by Friedrich and Kurt in the movie?

German Soldier
One of the many that invaded Austria and was searching for the Von Trapp family as they hid in the grave yard!

Baroness
Wear a beautiful long dress! Be sure to check out charity shops for old clothes that can be altered!

Bride
As Maria gets married, why not come in a wedding dress? Great excuse to re-use yours, or dress up like a princess!

My Favorite Things
There are lots of idea’s from this song that can be made at home or bought…
Brown Paper Package Tied up with Strings
Cream Colored Pony
Goose (‘wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings…’)
Girl in a white dress with a blue satin sash
Snowflake (‘…that stay on my nose and eyelashes’)

Do – Re – Mi
More idea’s from this song…
Do – a female deer
Ray – a drop of golden sun
(If you really don’t like Fancy Dress)Me – a name I call myself
Sew – A needle and thread
Tea – a drink with…
Jam and Bread!

A Clown
From the song ‘How do you solve a problem like Maria’?

The Lonely Goatherd
Goat
A Prince (…’on the bridge of a castle mote heard..’)
Little girl in a pale pink coat

Party Guest
At the party Captain Von Trapp throws for the Baroness why not be a party guest at Gretl’s first party! (‘It’ll be my first party father’)

Maria
Carry a guitar (perhaps inflatable for extra fun) a hat and a dress to create a perfect ‘Maria’ costume!

Plumber
– As in.. Christopher Plummer… quite an original idea!

Liesl
Why not check out ‘Edelweiss Patterns’ for a dress exactly like the one Liesl wore in the gazebo scene?

Children (curtain clothes)
The ‘play clothes’ Maria creates from the curtains that used to hang in her room are a great costume idea! Check out ‘The Sew Weekly’ – This lady made all the play clothes for her little girl’s 3rd birthday party!

Traditional Austrian outfit

Sound of Music costumes bring this beloved musical to life. Whether a theatre group needs costumes for its production or fans or individuals just want to dress in the costume for an event, there are a variety of retailers that sell or rent the German-inspired ensembles from The Sound of Music.

About The Sound of Music

Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse’s novel The Hills are Alive with Sound of Music enjoyed tremendous success as the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical and the infamous 1965 film.

Numerous productions have also been performed over the years, and the story is still a favorite. The timeless appeal of the love story between the main characters, Maria and George Ritter von Trapp, has captured many hearts.

The story takes place in Salzburg, Austria, just prior to World War II; there are elements of danger, drama, and conflict that engage viewers of all ages. Add in the carefully crafted musical numbers, talented cast with Julie Andrews as Maria, excellent costumes – The Sound of Music was a recipe for success, surpassing Gone with the Wind as the top box office hit. The film costumes were designed by Dorothy Jeakins, a three time Academy Award winner for costume design.

About the Costumes

The Sound of Music costumes are German-style clothing. There are a variety of ensemble changes for theater productions. Due to the number of costume changes for some characters, preparation is essential for productions. Having dressers or dressing assistants may be necessary, and costume run-throughs should be performed to ensure dressers and cast members are comfortable with the limited time frames for changes.

  • Maria requires seven costume changes, including her novice habit, two traveling costumes, both simple and pretty dresses, nightdress, and a wedding dress.
  • Von Trapp requires three costumes – suit, tail uniform and crested flying suit.
  • Uncle Max requires two multi-piece suits, a double breasted suit, and crested flying suit.
  • The Baroness requires her distinguished dress.
  • Nuns require full habit costumes.
  • Frau Schmidt needs a black housekeeping costume.
  • Rolfe – uniform.
  • Nazi soldiers – uniforms.
  • The Von Trapp children also have several clothing changes, including typical childrenswear of the time, curtain dresses, night clothing, dressed up party apparel, sailor suit costumes and jackets.

Where to Purchase and Rent The Sound of Music Costumes

Many theatrical costume shops have these costumes available for rent or purchase. For a full production, check several retailers to make sure the full costume selection is available; some shops may only have Maria’s or primary cast member costumes for sale or rent.

Some costume retailers specialize in authentic-style German clothing and may have the styles of necessary clothing available, even if they are not costumes designated for Sound of Music productions.

Retailers and costume rental shops include:

  • Drindl Dress: This retailer of authentic German clothing has costumes and accessories available for The Sound of Music.
  • ECCT Rentals: Rent costumes for The Sound of Music from Eau Clair’s Children’s Community Theater. Easy downloadable rental request form is available.

Costumes for Sound of Music Events

Fans of The Sound of Music may attend sing-a-longs, film festivals, theme parties, and other events wearing costumes replicated from the film. There are often costume contests prior to or during these events. Fans of the story may also want to wear the costumes for unique Halloween idea. Individuals may find costumes from theatrical sale or resale shops, eBay, or a costume service like Miller and Campbell. Select Halloween costume retailers may also carry Sound of Music items or themed items which can be used to create the desired costume.

Despite ostensibly having nothing to do with Christmas (aside from the snow, and well, nuns), The Sound of Music has solidified its place in popular culture as a holiday movie. It’s most poignant song, “Edelweiss,” is featured in seasonal compilations, and every year at the end of December, the family friendly film returns to television.

This weekend’s airing on ABC came with a few digital extras, including a video of Julie Andrews recreating her character Maria’s iconic walk down the aisle to marry Captain Georg von Trapp, played by Christopher Plummer.

In conversation with 2020’s Diane Sawyer, Andrews says the church, St. Michael’s in Mondsee in Austria, looks the same as it did more than 50 years ago.

“I do. Oh, my god, do I ever,” Andrews says.

Then we see Andrews stroll up the aisle to “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” just as her character did in the film.

Watch the clip here:

Watch @JulieAndrews recreate the iconic @SoundofMusic wedding scene! #SoundOfMusic https://t.co/wimGhqDMhB

— The Sound of Music (@SoundofMusic) December 17, 2018

If you’re one to compare, here’s the original scene from the film:

Unfortunately, if you’re looking to watch The Sound of Music this holiday season, you missed the prime time airing on ABC, but it’s still on the network’s website for a limited time. Or, if you’d prefer to watch it ad-free, it’s also available to rent on Amazon for $2.99:

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 Liesl’s Curtain Dress – Sound of Music Playclothes Costumes

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on October 14, 2011

Liesl’s Curtain Dress – The Sound of Music Playclothes Costumes

“I made them, from the drapes that used to hang in my bedroom!” Maria told Captain von Trapp about those green and white damask playclothes that his children had been roaming about Salzburg wearing. No one would probably think of making a reproduction of Liesl’s curtain dress unless they were a die-hard Sound of Music fan such as myself, but since I do hope to eventually recreate and sew all the Sound of Music film costumes, I decided that Liesl’s dress from the “Do-Re-Mi” scene was the next one on my list!

I had never thought much of sewing Liesl’s curtain dress until I spotted this wonderful sparkly damask from Michael Miller Fabrics. I instantly knew that this would be the perfect Sound of Music curtain fabric, and proceeded to snatch up a couple of yards of the material.

“Do you mean to tell me that my children have been roaming about Salzburg dressed up in nothing but some old drapes?!”

The Sound of Music Film Costume ~ In the film version, Liesl von Trapp’s dress is probably one of the cutest of all the children’s drapery playclothes.

All Sound of Music stills are copyright by Twentieth Century Fox, 1965.

It has a modest round neckline, fitted bodice, puffy white sleeves, and a below-knee skirt that is straight in the front and gathered in the back.

Liesl’s curtain dress has a nipped-in waist, thanks to self-fabric ties sewn into the dart seams at the bodice front.

These ties end in a bow in the back, though you rarely get a good shot of the back of the dress due to the moving nature of the scenes it occurs in.

With the flattering bodice and cute puffy sleeves, I love wearing this new Sound of Music costume!

I realized after the photo shoot that these two pictures have very similar poses!

“Liesl’s Curtain Dress” is somewhere between a dirndl style and a sundress, and I think the sparkles in the fabric I used make the dress much cuter, and not so “drapery” looking. The only thing I would probably change with this dress is adding more width to the skirt.

The original Sound of Music film costume is on display at the Planet Hollywood Restaurant, and is one of only four known Sound of Music costumes that can actually be viewed by the public. In this photo you will also see Gretl’s party dress and Marta’s party dress, both of which are darling little girls’ dresses. All three of these film costumes have softened up over the years, and don’t have the same cripsness that they did in 1964. They are still in excellent condition though, and I am so grateful that we can get a glimpse of them behind glass! To view the other Sound of Music film costume which is currently on display, click here.

So while I may not release the pattern for this Sound of Music dress in the immediate future, I will certainly keep it on my list of patterns to make, as I have had requests for Sound of Music curtain costume patterns. Neverminding what the Captain thought of Maria’s fashion design abilities, I think this is a darling style with lots of vintage flair, and I would wear it even if it was sewn from “drapes that used to hang in my bedroom”.

Auf weidersehen!

Katrina

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I found the material in the clearance outdoor fabric section of Joann’s in early March and thanks to the lovely ladies who work at Joann’s they found more for me at other stores and had it shipped to South Burlington!

They found me enough so we could make the actual curtains, 7 costumes and have extra if other theater companies want to make or fix what we have.

The fabric had pineapples on it which I tried to put in the middle of all the girls costumes.

The actual curtains!

I started with Gretel’s costume, a jumper. Here it is before I scrunched up the bottoms to make them look more like bloomers.

Gretel’s Curtain Costume

This is the pattern I used for Gretel’s Curtain Costume

Next is Marta

We ended up having her wear her white uniform shirt underneath due to the quick change into uniforms after this scene

This is the pattern I used for Marta

Brigitta is next in line

Kurt’s costume I used a pattern for shorts and made the “lederhosen” myself

Louisa’s had cute tabs with buttons on side!

Friedrich’s ended up really looking like a shirt one would wear to a Jimmy Buffet concert!! I tried to center the pineapples on the front, not the best job??

Then there is Leisel

Then there is Leisl’s dress

So fun to make and I love how it came it out

Liesl Curtain Costume

Pattern I used for Liesl costume

We did an outdoor photo shoot. Kurt, Friedrich and Liesl playing in their play clothes! Louisa, Brigitta, Kurt, Friedrich, Liesl with Maria looking on while they play.

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Last night, the cast of “The Sound of Music” reunited on “Oprah” for the episode billed as the first time in 45 years that all the actors — including Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, and the seven actors who played the Von Trapp children — appear together.

But as we reminisced about our favorite scenes, songs, and moments from the film, a few unexpected lessons about eco-friendly living stood out. The Von Trapp family was actually pretty green, and we can learn a thing or two from their example.

1. Use What You Have

Screenshot via YouTube

Has anyone done more for the idea of repurposed materials than Maria and her curtains?

Her request for new fabric to make play clothes for the children is denied — but when she realizes the window dressings in her room are about to be replaced, she cuts, binds, and hems them into seven coordinating outfits. It’s nothing short of a sewing miracle — and an inspiration for the rest of us to take a second look at items headed for the trash. (You don’t have to stick to fabric, either: Try repurposing bottles, jars, and even board games.)

2. Get Pedaling

Video via YouTube

We talk a lot about the benefits of bike riding: It’s good for your health, it’s good for the environment, and, when you compare effort in to results out, it’s the most energy-efficient transportation around.

Maria and the Von Trapp kids took full advantage of their cycles in this iconic scene of them riding in Salzburg, Austria. (Bonus points if you can sing a song you’ve only heard once before in perfect harmony with seven other people while riding.)

3. Go Outside

Screenshot via YouTube

Before Maria arrives, the Von Trapp children “don’t play — they march.” Combine their strict routine with a father who travels most of the time and you come up with an unruly group that loves to torment governesses.

But after Maria gets them out of the house — climbing trees, picnicking on mountains, singing in the town square, capsizing boats — they’re a cheerier bunch. Of course, she brings the Captain around in the end, too, but we think the fresh Austrian air and free time enjoying nature played just as big of a role in turning the Von Trapps into one big happy family.

4. Respect Nature

Edelweiss – Sound of Music – Christopher Plummer’s own voice from Mark on Vimeo.

Video via Vimeo

One of the film’s most iconic songs, “Edelweiss,” pays tribute to the small, white flower — a rare bloom that grows in hard-to-reach Alpine climates between 1700 meters and 2700 meters above sea level.

According to EdelweissGrowers.com, the flower was so popular in medicines and with would-be suitors that it earned protected status in 1878 because so much of it had disappeared on hiking trails in the Alps. But when Captain Von Trapp gets a little choked up as he sings about the “clean and bright” symbol of his homeland, you’ll be reminded of how important flora and fauna are to cultures all over the world.

5. Walk

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The memorable end of the film — the entire family escaping the country by walking over the Alps, carrying almost nothing — isn’t entirely accurate: The real Von Trapps have said they didn’t hide their move to America, and that “we did not climb over mountains with all our heavy suitcases and instruments. We left by train, pretending nothing.”

Taking the train may not be as inspiring as hiking across the border, but both stories are a reminder that — even on long trips — your car isn’t always the best option.

6. Travel Light

Screenshot via YouTube

Sure, Maria comes from an abbey, so she doesn’t have that many worldly possessions to begin with, but she shows up at the Von Trapp mansion with just one small suitcase and a guitar — and when the family flees Austria, they take even less.

These are both extreme circumstances, but they’re worth keeping in mind the next time you’re packing for a trip or purchasing one more item that you just have to have. Packing light means you’ll use less fuel — both on road trips and on flights — and avoiding excessive consumerism helps you trim your carbon footprint, contribute less to the waste stream, and be more conscious of your buying decisions.

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 Did Maria Really Make Play Clothes from Curtains?

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on May 17, 2011

If you are familiar with the von Trapp family story, you have probably wondered before, “Did Maria really make the children playclothes from her bedroom drapes?” The answer is, hilariously – yes!

I made them, from the drapes that used to hang in my bedroom…

Several years ago I heard Rosmarie von Trapp speak in concert, and she divulged that after their story became famous, she had asked her mother Maria if this humorous incident had actually occurred. Maria von Trapp admitted that is was indeed true. The fact that her own biological daughter hadn’t heard this story until after the Broadway musical opened leads me to wonder if she finally revealed the story to the directors in order to add to the humor of the production. Maria was known for having a great sense of humor, and admitted to fooling several ignorant individuals into believing some rather tall tales that she was fond of inventing. Some of these myths claimed that maple sugar candy grew on trees, Vermont cows ate cereal for breakfast, and Austrian turtles fed on human toes… And being the saintly Catholic that she was, Maria eventually went to confession to repent for the false statements she had made. : )

If you’ve never read her books before, I highly recommend that you get one! My favorite of her compositions is “The Story of the Trapp Family Singers”, a moving autobiography which chronicles her life as a nun, teacher to the von Trapp children, wife and mother of a large family, as well as her family’s new life in America.

But back to the playclothes made from drapes – Profiles in History recently sold an original “Louisa” dress made by the famous Western Costume company on their auctioning website. They do have another auction coming up soon with more “von Trapp” collector’s items, so you may want to take a look at what they’re selling.

And finally, if you’d like to make a “curtain dress” yourself, I recommend that wonderful new green and white toilefrom Michael Miller fabrics! It is a fabulous cotton print with a glittery finish that would be perfect for a “Sound of Music” stage performance. It looks remarkably similar to the original material, and should hold up well for years of musical productions.

Auf weidersehen!

Katrina

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    When we first meet Maria, she is running around in the Alps outside Salzburg, Austria, singing her heart out to no in particular, clad in a striped dirndl apron over a black smock, her hair cut almost as short as Jean Seberg’s in Breathless. But instead of selling the New York Herald Tribune in the streets of Paris, Maria, a naughty novitiate, will shortly be dispatched to another employ—governess to a brood of monsters in sailor suits. Will Carrie Underwood, reprising the role Julie Andrew made famous in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, be similarly garbed, trading her tank tops and cut-offs for eyelet and sprig-prints? We will find out tonight, when The Sound of Music Live! airs on NBC.

    The nuns who have concocted this job for Maria are themselves weirdly chic in voluminous dark habits that could have come off the Viktor & Rolf couture runway. Arriving at the von Trapp manse, however, Maria wears a sober gray dress with pleated skirt under a linen jacket with a high collar, a funny boater hat, black stockings, and neat little black boots. If the entire costume has a certain charm, it is apparently lost on Captain von Trapp, who insists that she cannot meet the children in this horrible ensemble. “But I don’t have another one,” she says, explaining that when she entered the convent she gave all her clothes to the poor, but “the poor didn’t want this one.” After hearing that she makes her clothes, the captain orders her to set about doing so—“Today, if possible.”

    Well she can certainly sew—von Trapp (so mean before he turns so nice!) refuses to give her fabric to make the children something to wear besides those infernal nautical getups, so Maria fashions them outfits out of hideous green-and-white bedroom drapes, resulting in nutty lederhosen worthy of Hamish Bowles. Thus clad, like bizarre life-size Hummel figures, they take to the streets of Salzburg.

    Then again, it’s not all whiskers on kittens and warm woolen mittens: There are two Salzburgian wet-T-shirt moments—the first, when Maria emerges, dirndl clinging, from a capsized canoe, and even more seductive, when eldest charge Liesl gets caught in a rainstorm, having sneaked off to see her special guy (turn out he’s a Nazi—you meet someone, and it’s always something). Her filmy chiffon dress—far prettier than Maria’s duds—is as gossamer as snowflakes on your nose and eyelashes.