Time for a little more inspiration for your Premeditated Myrtle sewing project! Today we're going to be looking at some of the elements of the story to see how we might pull them out to inspire a project.
The most obvious symbol/image to adapt from this story is the Lily. You could be literal by using a lily print, or a pattern named Lily, or go more abstract with a floral theme (and bring in the whole flower show). Here are some ideas:
This Lily Dress by CocoWawa Crafts seems like a perfect match - that little middy collar on the dress feels like something a young girl like Myrtle might wear out and about visiting the Victorian seaside. You could even wear the top view with some bloomers to go for a dip ;)
Or if you want a whole Lily themed wardrobe, this Lily set by Fabrics-Store.com comes with a dress, skirt, tunic and blouse. They're famous for their linen so this would be a super relaxed capsule summer wardrobe.
Another lovely linen Lily Dress would be this one by Tessuti. It's a loose and comfy design with lots of room for showing off great fabrics.
If you want to go in a different direction and make a topper instead of a dress, try this Lily Jacket by Decades of Style. It also has a vintage flair that might work for you -- don't you think the lines of it rather resemble a lily stem?
If you're looking for something a bit more relaxed, try the Lily Cardigan by The Tailoress. Easy knit comfort.
Or you could go out on a limb -- or out on the water? -- and make the Nénuphar Jacket by Deer & Doe. Nénuphar means water lily, and while Minerva Wodehouse's lilies are definitely garden varieties, we can branch out in our projects!
You might be interested in the fancy key that Myrtle finds in the vase of lilies she's given by Priscilla Wodehouse. If you're a knitter, this (free!) Skeleton Key fair isle sweater by AndreSue Knits is the perfect fit for a murder mystery.
Maybe Cook's useful and all-purpose apron will be the inspiration you need. I love this Grace CrossBack Apron from TotoShopUA on Etsy -- she has a variety of apron patterns, and even some for kids if you want to make one for someone more Myrtle-sized.
You might be inspired by the practical outfit that Miss Judson dons while bicycling with Myrtle early in the book. Practical riding skirts and bloomers abound! Check out the classic Big Sky Riding skirt by Folkwear - whether horses or bicycles, this should do the trick.
Or investigate these Sporting or Bicycle Bloomers by Laughing Moon Mercantile for something historically inspired.
You may also be intrigued by this set of free Victorian Convertible Cycle Wear patterns, part of an academic project based at Goldsmiths, London. While the 6 patterns are only in UK size 12, there is a ton of cool Victorian cycling info there, and maybe you can grade a pattern or two.
You could, of course, just go with fabric as your theme. There are endless options for floral prints, or you can stick with lilies. Like this White Lilies & Lavender print by Southwind on Spoonflower.
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