|Lettie Lane's Violin Concert Dress|
|The Illustration by Sheila Young|
|A Side View|
|A Detail with Forget-Me-Knots|
Ha-ha! And, there was also the stitching of the silk ribbons to the edges of the silk that would be gathered into ruffles. It was quite tedious work to stitch the first edge of ribbon to the turned under edge of the ruffle band. The second row of stitching was much easier since the first edge was sewn down already. The ribbon along the waist band is hand sewn on. It is not a belt that ties in a bow, but a part of the dress itself. I was somewhat disappointed that this thin and lovely lemon silk ribbon stiffened the edges of the ruffles when stitched on, but it could not be helped. I'll repeat that there is so much more an illustrator can do than a seamstress.
The fun of this dress is that it is lovely to hold. It almost has a life of its own, like a flouncy puppet! I adore it, and I'd really love to have one for myself, but this is how I make my money. sigh Naturally we needed a violin to finish the look, so I purchased a small, 7" Stradivarius for the ensemble!
Lettie Lane's Slip Set is definitely one-of-a-kind. Its hard to describe what I did to make the chemise, so I will let the photos tell the story. I will tell you that tiny buttons holes were not meant to be machined onto heirloom batiste! The fabric is so thin that the buttons and holes would simple tear through in time. Line the waistband? This is a for a doll. The lighter and softer the feel and look, the more authentic it is. I was asked to do this not as something to be worn under a dress, but as an outfit to be displayed on the doll by itself. Of course it would then need accessories, so I procured a porcelain wash bowl and pitcher, and monogrammed a wee towelette.
September is but a month away, and the call for plaid clothing is ringing in the school bells. I love the seasons. We mark our time by rituals and the changes of the season throughout the year. Fall is always my favorite, but I have to admit that I have thoroughly enjoyed our spring and summer this year through this little girl I'm dressing, Lettie Lane.
P.s. Good news! Polly Pratt is on her way here!!!
Miss E. Mouse