Friday, February 18, 2011
Let the Good Times Roll!
Or as my mother would have said it, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" It is Mardi Gras season. FYI: Mardi Gras season officially started January 6th with Epiphany or King's Day. In Mobile parades started the first weekend in February. In New Orleans, parades start tomorrow. So get your party hats on, get your Hurricane mixes ready, have your moon pies ready to toss, it is time to party!
Our baby may have a tooth but she is not quite ready for moon pies. She does need a new frock for her first Mardi Gras.
Won't she be cute? The fabrics are apple green lined pique from Farmhouse Fabrics and grape pima cotton gingham from Bessie Mary.
The pattern is Lucy by Children's Corner. I used a size 12 months but I did shorten it about an inch and a half to add the ruffle. Mom wanted it to hit above her knees. The bloomers are also a Children's Corner pattern. Frannie Baby. They are nice and full with a wide enough crotch to accomodate a cloth diaper.
The applique came from Planet Applique. It was a challenge to find a design that was Mardi Gras and youthful enough at the same time.
I am all for having something for Mardi Gras, but I am a practical Mimi as well.
So to extend the wear, it is reversible. The second side is the grape gingham with a precious baby girl hippo.
The hippo is a from the Babycakes collection by Sew Many Designs. She is stylin' with her hairbow!
One of the challenges was the straps when making it reversible. I could have just had the straps button in the opposite directions when using the reverse side. That wasn't working for me.
So instead there are buttons on both sides of the strap. That can be kind of tricky. It is a little fiddly to stitch them both on and still form a thread shank for each button. But they look cute.
Are you ready for Mardi Gras? Here is a link for a couple of songs to get you in the mood!