The Ladies' Tea Guild

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A tea apron for a little girl.

my child's porcelain tea set from the 1980s.
O.k., tax day is over, and even though I may have to file an amended return, I'm moving on to other projects. One project is preparing for my niece's 3rd birthday, which is Friday. Now, this little girl is the typical 3-year-old, who loves pink, princesses, ponies, sparkly things, and Hello Kitty. She has so many things -- she gets hand-me-downs from at least 4 other little girls -- and I'd rather make her something if I can. Just this last weekend I introduced her (and my nephews, ages 4 and almost 6) to the real porcelain child's tea set that my sister (her mother) and I played with as girls.

Menu: Celestial Seasoning's Sugar Plum Spice herbal tea (it's pink, which is a plus!) and cinnamon toast. They loved it! They were fascinated with pouring their own tea from the teapot, since they only have plastic kitchen toys at home and they aren't allowed to put real water or food in them. We had several spills, however, and since my niece's birthday is in a few days, an apron is in order.

It must be pink. See pink polka-dots to the left. I think I have some pink rick-rack somewhere, so we'll just see if I can get this finished by her party on Saturday! The plan is to make a smock-style apron out of the pink polka dots, with a pocket made from a white floursack towel, edged with pink rick-rack, accompanied by a matching white floursack towel decorated with an applique (shape as yet undetermined) of the pink polka dots, edged with pink yarn blanket-stitching, with a pink yarn button-loop and button crocheted on to the top of the towel. Yes, let's see if I can get this done in time!
The pattern I'm going to use is loosely based on the child's apron pattern found in EllynAnne Geisel's The Apron Book: Making, Wearing, and Sharing a Bit of Cloth and Comfort, which my mom purchased for me for Christmas a few years ago, and which I think is a charming book.
I'll post pictures next week!


Anonymous said...

Cinnamon toast and sugar plum spiced tea? I want to be your niece.

South Bay Ladies' Tea Guild said...

Hi, thanks for visiting my blog! I wanted to keep it simple because my niece and nephews had just had breakfast, and toast and tea is a classic combination. I love it; especially cinnamon toast! You can also use colored decorator sugar instead of sugar and cinnamon (voila! Sugar Toast!) and if you cut off the crusts and cut the toast into shapes (even just squares or fingers) the kids think it's the greatest thing ever. My nephews liked it just as much as my niece did!

Marilyn Miller said...

Thanks for leaving comments on Delights of the Heart. I remember your meyer lemon, but oh you have so much more. Urban farming is a good thing.

Love aprons too. I will look forward to seeing the finished product.

Now stir the fire, and close the shutters fast,
Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round,
And, while the bubbling and loud-hissing urn
Throws up a steamy column, and the cups
That cheer but not inebriate, wait on each,
So let us welcome peaceful evening in.
-- William Cowper (1731-1800)
"The Winter Evening" (Book Four), _The Task_ (1784)