|Daisy's Thanksgiving Greeting|
After completing Polly's Halloween costume, I was on a roll. I love the story of our American Thanksgiving, and did so even as a child. When I was five, and in Kindergarten, our teacher had us make craft paper hats and collars, and we had a Thanksgiving parade around the Kindergarten green. I wore those pieces day in and day out until they fell apart. Now, many years later, I've created costumes for my own girls.
|Inspiration for Daisy and the Plum Pudding|
Let's be clear. I've not tired of creating clothing from Sheila Young's illustrations of paper dolls, but "now that I think I know what I'm doing", I want to try many more styles. The Lawn Mowing outfit was just the beginning.
|Cashmere and Melton Wools, Ribboned aprons.|
|Inspiration for heaving wools and ribboned aprons.|
|Lighter wool gowns with capelets|
The aprons are different on both sets as well. Swiss lace was used to decorate the aprons of the lighter wool dresses, and double faced silk ribbons, in three rows, decorated the heavier wool gown. To neaten the look, I sewed the aprons into the bodice at the skirts' centers. With the lighter wools this was not an issue. But, with the first heavier wool, I could not gather it together, and had to put the gathering stitches in by hand. Another trial for me, was the constant changing of thread colors as I stitched the pieces together. I think I can thread my machine in less than 30 seconds now! Finally, silk velvet ribbons in two rows, matching each dress, were sewn to the hemlines in the heavier wool gowns to detail the look of the dresses in the illustration.
|Inspiration for capes and Swiss lace|
|Inspiration for Patty's Turkey|
This is my second post today, so please read on for Katy Curls' Thanksgiving Party apron below. I've run out of steam, but have some lovely images to share with you inclusive with this post. Sometime this week I'll begin designing for Christmas.
Wishing you a perfect month filled with the beauty of autumn, and the warmth of family and friends.
Miss E. Mouse
|Portrait of a Pilgrim|
|Pretty Pilgrim Polly|
|Daisy's cape in progress|