Hot! The “Queen de Menthe” Ensemble

The Facts:

Fabric: Mint lightweight cotton broadcloth $9, Ivory lace remnant bin $3.50 – both from Joann’s

Pattern: Butterick 2577 – inherited

Year: 1960’s

Notions: 2 – 4 pack buttons $3, 9 in zipper $1.39

Time to Complete: Total of 4 hours

First Worn: June 2012

Wear Again: Yeah, it fit’s well

For this weeks challenge I chose HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Since we both share the same birth name, it is only appropriate to do an ode to the Queen Bee, herself. My pictorial example I found while “googling” images of HRH. I fell instantly in love with this dress. I knew I had to make it.HRH Queen Elizabeth II inspirationSadly, I could not afford to make an all lace dress, so I went with a blouse and skirt set in a mint color. It’s a fabulous color trend this season, and I know the Queen is always on trend. I could however afford to do the the blouse in a cheap polyester lace, and have the mint broadcloth be the lining. I changed the neckline from the pattern, to a similar neckline in the picture above, I also added sleeves, and slimmed the A-line skirt to a pencil. This pattern was really easy to follow. To stay in tune with HRH’s dress, I took the scalloped edging off the lace fabric and tacked it on to the bottom of my blouse. I even wore my costume pearls and a belt at my natural waist. The buttons down the back give this ensemble a nice vintage feel. 8 buttons is the exact count.

 I really like my new handmade outfit. I can change it up with jeans or another blouse, which is nice. I do need to do better at configuring outfits together. I am more excited that I have a mint and lace mixture. I have been drooling over the latest fashions of mint and lace. The colors and the style of my set reminds me of having tea with my grandmother. I know tea is a popular British thing to consume. I would have a cup of mint tea with honey and cream. Therefore the “Queen de Menthe” was born



Bethany is a forever student in Fashion Design. She took a hiatus from her studies due to the fear of using a sewing machine and a long term illness. It wasn't until her daughter was born, she felt inspired to create again and dive headfirst into sewing by machine.


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  1. This is really lovely! The lace and mint go so so well together. And what a coincidence! I saw this morning that HRH just wore a mint outfit to the Thanksgiving service.

  2. So very pretty! I love that you didn’t do the entire thing in lace and accessorized it with the belt. I am really loving mint green this season and now that I know you got that at Joanns I am adding it to my shopping list. Very nice choice and beautiful design!

  3. Wow Bethany, so beautiful – you look breathtaking! Love the combination of the lace and fabric, the buttons are such a great detail.

  4. Very pretty! That color looks great on you.

  5. Oh that’s gorgeous. Well done for making something so stunning on a shoestring!

  6. Queen de Menthe – love that name! And what a stunning outfit on you! Wow – the pencil skirt gives your curves – ideal for your figure and the colour is so delicate and pretty. Love how you funked it up with the chunky pearl accessories too. – 10 out of 10 Bethany! Yay!

  7. Beautiful dress, this color looks great on you! I love it! So classy!

  8. this is beautiful.I love the lace overlay on the top part.. Looks great on you.. Happy sewing.

  9. This is lovely on you. An all-over lace dress was my first plan, but the lace I have is an antique color and I didn’t want to look like I just fell out of an attic. Yours is beautiful and fresh looking.

  10. You look gorgeous Bethany. Wow that colour on you? Beautiful.

  11. Very nice! I love those buttons down the back of the blouse. Pretty, feminine – looks fabulous on you. :-)

  12. Oh, this color is positively stunning on you! I love the added lace – it’s perfect and reflects your inspiration photo so well! The buttons down the back are a fabulous touch :) So very well done!

  13. You look amazing. I love everything about it!

  14. That is a gorgeous dress! I love the lacey overlay top and it emulates the Queen perfectly.

  15. Love your interpretation of HRH’s dress! Suits you beautifully.

  16. Very sweet! And you look so lovely in mint.

  17. Its such a beautiful set. I like it better then many of the all over lace dresses out there.

  18. Thank you all my lovely Sew Weekly ladies! You all have such beautiful compliments. You are all equally amazing!

  19. Love the lace blouse over such a yummy shade of green. It’s very majestic looking and fit for a queen. You look adorable!

  20. So pretty Bethany. That’s a very inspired interpretation. Love the colour on you. You are perfectly dressed for tea.