And They’re Off…..
I finished my Kentucky Derby Party Dress just in time to hop in the car and head to Portland.
To make the dress, I used this Vintage Vera Tablecloth I found at my thrift store last year. The poppies and tulips were perfect.
Vera Neumann was an American artist who built an empire in the fifties, sixties and seventies putting her colorful graphic designs on linens and scarves. Her work was even loved by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and John Lennon. There are many sites out there dedicated to this talented woman but here is a good link if you’d like to learn more about her work.
It was the first time I made a muslin. But thank goodness I did. I made the adjustments on the muslin, then took it apart and used the muslin for my pattern. There are a few more adjustments to do if I make it again, but it was pretty close to fitting perfectly.
We stayed with Linda’s beautiful sister, Susan. Here she is in her backyard all ready to go to the Derby in her ten dollar Goodwill dress. She is a girl after my own heart!
We arrived at the Rialto and were surrounded by beautiful women and their incredible hats.
Love this Fascinator with the artificial turf and the horse. So clever!
The horseshoe on Carrie’s hat is from Portland Meadows Racetrack.
Here’s our new friend Alicia in her amazing hat!
And here’s my friend, Linda, the winner of some money!
Even though I didn’t bet on the right horse and didn’t win any money, I still feel like a big winner. It was an incredibly fun day and I can’t wait til next year’s derby!
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