Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Summer Wedding - The Lollipop Brigade

Beware: extreme cuteness ahead!

Betty Keira and I found some lovely fabric in just the right shade of Chinese red, then I sent some to Betty Sherri so she could make a skirt for Lauren. Betty Keira took some with her for Lauren and Spencer.  Evidently it was a bear somewhat difficult to sew with.  I'm pretty sure some beastly Dutch oaths went into the making of these skirts and the bow tie. 
Betty Sherri's daughter looking lovely.  She was especially thrilled to borrow a pair of her mother's high heels (see previous picture).

How cute is Betty Keira's middle son? 
Bow ties are cool.
I'd like to point out that not only did Betty Keira make the skirt, but she also made the blouse.  Well done, young padawan.


  1. The blog is overloaded with cuteness today! I love that fabric.

    >bowing to the Bettys who sew< I can *barely* sew on a button.

    Betty AnoninTX

  2. GREAT skirts -- I love the wide waistbands and the pleats, a look that very few adults can pull off. And the fabric is gorgeous. And the pleated shirt! Betty Keira, how many years did you spend in home ec classes?

    Have I told this anecdote before? I'm in the fabric store, with a big bolt of cotton/poly blend, and one of the women in line with me asks what I'm making. "Curtains," I answer, but she wants to know what kind of curtains. "Just cut and hem and run a channel for the rod," is my answer.

    "Oh," she says, puzzled dismay eloquent in her face. "But you do know how to make real curtains, don't you?"

    I guess I don't.

    By the way, while the two younger ones are definitely adorable, I would describe Betty Sherri's daughter as beautiful rather than cute. She's really striking.

  3. What a family....you can sew, build backyards, cook, bake, produce gorgeous pledges of affection, and still find time to blog! I wish I could do half that!

  4. Only one pitiful wind-sock made in 8th grade constitutes any formal sewing lessons. But my path to that pleated blouse is an interesting one. As evidenced by this blog, we Hanna women can be gripped by sudden enthusiasms:
    I bought a 5 dollar sewing machine about 10 years ago from Goodwill and took a trip up to Betty Debbie's house where she told me how to use it. (I might even still have the painstaking hand-written instructions and drawings.) For 8 or 9 years I only used it for valances or shams or pillows--basic, basic sewing where I didn't have to do anything pattern related.
    And then, last year, Betty Debbie came down to Portland and made me do a dress for my daughter (the one in the blouse) from an actual pattern. Great Scott! So many mistakes! But she was there for tech support and I've been sewing my heart out all this busy year on a plethora of projects that all manage to be gigantic leaps forward in my sewing skills--teaching me about button-holes, pin-tucks, darts, Franken-patterning (making something out of parts of different patterns), pockets...
    And now I can manage all sorts of things without help and I've learned a ton about what you can and can't do with certain fabrics and so on.

    1. You would inspire me if the sewing machine weren't up in the attic and so very, very heavy.

  5. And them moral of the story is a very Betty Neels one: You're never too old to begin something new.

  6. Awwww! The kids are lovely. Gorgeous fabric.