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!