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Baby Bee's Party Dress

What to wear for that first important meeting with extended family and friends?  Baby Bee (or Little H, Lady H, etc. - nick names are still evolving) was recently faced with this dilemma when she and her "staff" flew off to the prairies for various birthday celebrations, wedding showers, dinners, picnics, etc.. But no worries! Lucky for her, Bee's got a Gram, who is always itchin' for stitchin'.

First stop, the stash. The beautiful mint green bug print from Birch Fabrics (bottom of the photo), was already there and provided the theme for the party ensemble. Three coordinating Birch prints found their way into the stash after a quick visit to a favourite local quilt shop. A length of white linen, also from the stash, was the perfect canvas against which to set these playful prints. 

Along with a great choice of fabrics, there also needed to be a choice of styles and patterns. Of the 4 patterns and the one book that I used, all but one of the patterns made it into the outfit in one shape or other. 

When all the bits and pieces were assembled, coordinated and constructed, the finished ensemble included this little dress, bloomers, a hat and a bag. Whenever I use linens for any of my work, I machine wash the fabric hot, dry it hot and iron with steam. Shrinkage in the finished product has not been a problem. The hat, lined with the polka dot print, is completely reversible.

The same bug print as is in the yoke, was used for the bloomers. Little bows were added for detail.

Oh yes, and there had to be a bag of course (below). Where else is a young lady to keep all of her private necessities? The hat, unfortunately met with greater interest off the head....

... then on. 

Well, back at home, the parties are over, but we'll be ready to go the next time an invitation arrives.

And if it's for a garden party with the queen, we're all set with hat and bag!


  1. That little dress is adorable! And your grandbaby is just such a cutie - even without seeing her sweet little face!!!

    1. Thanks so much. I miss seeing your creative "kiddy ideas" as well as your little cuties on your blog. Hope everyone is well.

    2. I just posted a response on your last post... But I'll elaborate a little here. :) there hasn't been much seeing going on around these parts. My time and energy is filled with something so very beautiful: a newly found love for and devotion to my Catholic faith. It's squeezed out a few things, like blogging. I've contemplated changing my blog focus but just haven't felt any drive to do so yet. Maybe someday, I guess. xoxo

  2. LOL, you are having way too much fun there! I love the matching hat and bag, and the bees on the fabric are really nice too.

    Is there a Halloween costume in the works?

    1. Don't encourage me. After all, where would she go "trick or treating"? My house? Is it worth a costume? Maybe.?. (Hmmm..., methinks I may be in trouble.)

    2. The photos will last a lifetime...

  3. Too cute for words! The fabrics are darling and the baby is adorable.

    1. Thanks Cynthia. Although this little dress is nothing like the beautiful heirloom sewing you have shared on your blog, your stitching has inspired me.

  4. Oh this outfit is adorable! And what fun to make it. When my grandchildren were little I made lots of things like this. I actually just got rid of all my patterns a couple of years ago. I think I had this one! Beautiful work as always. Love the nicknames...Baby Bee is cute, but I really like Lady H too!

    1. Thanks so much. I had a lot of fun making it, and it's all so fast to make (compared to boutis for instance), that it's easy to have fun with it. But alas, Baby Bee would likely prefer to be wearing her favourite onesie! Too bad for her she's got a gram who is having way too much fun at her sewing machine:)

  5. That little dress is adorable!Thank you so much.And Thanks for shearing....
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