|Lettie Lane's Bathing Suit|
|Detail of the Hat|
|Stockings and Bloomers|
When I began the first hat, I tried using the same pie wedge pattern I used for Lettie Lane's Patriotic Costume hat, only cutting four to stitch together. I used a buckram base shaped over the styrofoam ball I used in the pumpkin costume hat last fall. I cut the shape in half to a bowl and hand-stay-stitched the edges. Fitting the four pieced crown over the buckram wasn't a problem, but what to do for the turban roll was.
|Detail of the Bathing Slippers|
I ended up cutting a circle of cloth, gathering it along the bottom and sewing the edges to the buckram. I attached the turban roll, then took a hidden ladder stitch to the top and bottm, and edges of it. The bows were basic doll dress bows attached to the sides. Naturally, the hat is fully lined. And, there you have it. The Bathing Suit costume is done!
This truly was one of the most difficult costumes I've made for Lettie Lane. Why do they keep getting harder, instead of simpler? I can only guess that my tastes run to details and the challenges to create them. I'll be finishing up the slip set next, and also working on a new outfit for Little Lettie, the Bleuette sized doll. I just began hosting a Challenge on the Bleuette Sewing Club, and naturally, it is a Lettie Lane Challenge, encouraging seamstresses to try what I've been doing. Should be fun!
We're in the midst of summer and the days can get pretty hot. I recommend ice cream!
Miss E. Mouse
|Quite the Bathing Beauty|