*Sundrops*

for Riley Kish


 

 
















 

 

Grandma has been getting so many compliments on the beautiful yellow flowers that have just begun to bloom in her garden. Riley is a bit confused, though, because everyone seems to have a different name for these bright blossoms. Mom calls them lemon drops, Dad calls them buttercups, and the postman calls them Missouri primroses. Uncle Dan calls them their "proper" name, which is Oenothera missouriensis. Grandma calls him a smart aleck! Riley thinks that Grandma has the best title for these flowers - "sundrops." What a sweet name for these cheery little bits of sunshine!

Riley is looking perfectly sunny in her "Sundrops" outfit. Her overdress is made of a fine lightweight georgette with a print of tiny yellow flowers on a yummy mango background. It has a mock placket in the front with small light yellow buttons. The bodice of the overdress is lined, and it fastens in the back with snaps. For extra flounce, the hem is rolled and blind-stitched by hand. Riley’s petticoat is made of a very soft cotton batiste. The peter-pan collar and dainty cuffs are trimmed with a delicate cotton lace. The bodice is embroidered with white stitches and knots, and the hem is edged with a lacy ruffle. Her straw hat, which keeps the bright sun out of her eyes, is embellished with a cluster of yellow blossoms. It has a hatband and bow made of the georgette. She carries a matching basket of flowers. Riley’s tights are handmade of cotton rib knit. Her buttercream colored shoes have a satin bow in front.