Which brings me back to the dress; I felt a little embroidery couldn't hurt and would certainly serve to embellish. Plus I wanted to surprise my M-I-L and make the dress as nice as possible.
This is a 'before the embroidery' picture; "Mona" is a wee bit smaller than the dress, so the dress may look off-balance here:
Now, with a simple peacock design in matching colors
An overall shot of the dress on my dressform "Mona". BTW, Mona is a gift from a dear, sweet friend who bought her at the flea market. Thank you, Norma!
Now all I need is to add a pretty vintage clasp which I've ordered online. It should help keep the jacket front in place should she want to close it. A little bit of ironing should take care of any wrinkles. I can hardly wait to present the dress to my M-I-L! I hope she likes it.
No baking today, but sewing is almost as nice!