This animated short film is available in 5 parts on YouTube and it's well worth a watch (I've posted the first part at the bottom of this post). In it, a group of little mice prove to be quite competent little sewers when a tailor falls ill and can't complete the mayor's wedding day ensemble on time. I'm sure we sewists can all relate to the poor tailor's feverish dreams of embroidery and buttonholes to be completed! And of our cats sabotaging our sewing, but that's another story altogether.
I also learned a couple fun facts while researching The Tailor of Gloucester. First, it was written in 1903 but it's based in the mid 1700s. Hence, the clothing was period dress even for the author. Beatrix Potter researched the tailored men's clothing of the period at the non other than the V&A museum! She wrote this to her publisher:
'I have been delighted to find I may draw some most beautiful 18th-century clothes at the South Kensington Museum. I had been looking at them for a long time in an inconvenient dark corner of the Goldsmith's Court, but had no idea they could be taken out of the case. The clerk says I could have any article put on a table in one of the offices, which will be most convenient.' (source)The article points out that the clothing was so thoroughly researched that you can recognize the pieces Ms. Potter used as inspiration, like the embroidered waistcoat below, which remains in the museum's collection.
Apparently, Ms. Potter presented the book to her own tailor, who passed it along to the trade publication The Tailor & Cutter. The publication reviewed the book on Christmas Eve 1903 and said the following:
. . . we think it is by far the prettiest story connected with tailoring we have ever read, and as it is full of that spirit of Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men, we are not ashamed to confess that it brought the moisture to our eyes, as well as the smile to our face.Aw! Now you guys are gonna bring moisture to my eyes!
Anyway, without further ado, please enjoy the first part of The Tailor of Gloucester. If you're eager to get to the animation, skip to around 2:30. And then do go enjoy the other four parts; you won't regret it! (Unless, that is, you have some sort of vendetta against singing mice.)