La Chilindrina Look-A-Like

"La Chilindrina" (L) Button-Up red sweater (R)

Maria Antonieta de las Nieves as "La Chilindrina"

A dress sporting idol in Mexican television is Maria Antonieta de las Nieves in her most famous character role of “La Chilindrina” in the long praised Mexican sitcom “El Chavo del Ocho.”

Maria Antonieta plays the pigtail sporting-green baby doll dress wearing-freckled and precocious-seven year old “Chilindrina” who is friends with the children that live in her apartment building or “vecindad.” The show is about the children that live in “la vecindad”and their hilarious shenanigans that involve the, often times oblivious, adults.

Aside from the slapstick comedy (very much like The Three Stooges) the show also has a very 1950’s wardrobe; the wardrobe alone has gained as much of a cult status as the show itself, in most Spanish speaking countries. The character that stood out the most to me was of course “La Chilindrina.” Her entire ensemble looked like it could fit a doll, and I absolutely still love it.

Very recently I was able to find a red sweater similar to the one she is seen wearing over her green and yellow collared dress. I found a size small red wool sweater at the Goodwill Bargain “Bin” Outlet in Santa Cruz, C.A. for under $5. [side note: every paper bag you fill at the Bargain Bin will cost $5, so this is the best place to visit if you are doing any type of art project or are looking for some fabric]

My sweet find has convinced me to dress up as “La Chilindrina” for Halloween (something I haven’t done in years). More pictures soon to come!

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