Sunday, March 18, 2012


"Promenade" is a fabulous orchid suit accented with navy and white gingham.  It was designed by Tim Kennedy exclusively for Ashton Drake's 1997 Gene Marshall Collection, Circa 1945.   Gene is out for a stroll with her delightful pair of terriers, "Dottie" and "Dashiell" in the original look.  I decided to kick it up a notch and give this Spring ensemble a chic and sassy alternative.

What a difference an 1/8th of a yard of gingham makes.  By changing the style of the hat and replacing the original white gloves with gingham ones, this ensemble takes on a totally different attitude.  My model/muse is "Symphony in G" Gene Marshall, the purse on the table is from "Sunday Afternoon" ensemble, and the chair and table are from Gene's Patio Set.  All by Ashton Drake.  The actual color of the suit is more of a periwinkle blue than the orchid color pictured in the promotional shot.

I removed the veil from the original hat and added a scarf tied as a turban with the ends pulled through the opening in the crown.  The dragonfly "pins" are actually buttons I found at a craft store a few years back.  The miniature navy and white gingham cotton fabric was found at my local Hancock Fabrics.


  1. WOW! Melissa, I love how your changes have taken this ensemble from cute to chic! Fantastic!!!

  2. Love how you restyled this outfit, fabulous!!!