As you know, the Washi Dress and I are quite fond of each other and I have been looking forward to making cold weather versions for quite some time. I was puttering along making these dresses when it struck me how alike they are to Betsy, Tacy, and Tib; all rather different on the outside but fundamentally the same on the inside.
The Betsy Dress
Betsy is someone who has always intrigued me. I don't have her natural outgoingness but sometimes wished that I did. She was a natural adventuress and blue was her favourite colour.
This blue linen reminded me of Betsy. The blue matched her eyes and given her penchant for climbing trees and The Big Hill, an easy care, slightly utilitarian dress was perfect for her. Not to mention pockets for storing her writing things should inspiration strike.
The Tacy Dress
As I said above, I identified with Tacy the most, despite being an only child from a very small family. I was quite shy as a child and am still quiet around people I don't know very well. Like Tacy, I grew up on hand-me-downs and took steps to personalize them from a young age.
Thrifty Mrs. Kelly also relied heavily on hand-me-downs for all 10 of her children. This navy linen/rayon dress must have come to Tacy from her older sister Katie and clever Mrs. Kelly would have added the tartan accents to give it a fresh, new-to-Tacy feel.
The Tib Dress
Oh, how I wanted to be like Tib! I am petite like her but cannot dance nor sing to save my life! I am far too shy to be a performer and am much happier unseen backstage or in the costume department.
This gorgeous fabric brought Tib strongly to mind, as it is so very different than the other two dresses. If you know the books, you'll remember that Tib always had the prettiest and most colourful wardrobe of the three. Being from an affluent family gave Tib an opportunity for spectacular clothes, in addition to living in the wonderful chocolate coloured house.
Have your read Betsy-Tacy and Tib?
Who is your favourite character?
Have you been inspired to sew from books?