When I get to Mum's it usually always ends up with a 'trip to the shop' ie: her fabric and trim stash cupboard.
Last time it was brightly coloured ric rac braids that I thought I could use to trim Wild Bunch outfits. She didn't really care, as long as I could use it.
I pulled them out of the cupboard numerous times this week and put them away again. Will I, won't I. Well….why the hell not!
In fact, why not go the brightest one you can find?!
So my Oklahoma inspired outfit of skirt, corselet and top has finally been completed. I bought the fabric early last year but that's beside the point.
Not only does it feature the acquired gaudy coloured braid of the perfect matching colours but the outfit has state symbols from Oklahoma.
Here comes your history lesson. Stay with me, it's short this time. 🙂
Now originally Mistletoe was the State flower, chosen in 1893 is the oldest Oklahoma emblem however was later changed to the Oklahoma Rose.
Well that would have been too much of a mix so I have chosen the State Wild Flower for my top which is the Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) for botanists and flower nerds out there. Just quietly, Grams would have wanted to know the botanical name. Bless her.
I did not forget the mistletoe and as I was searching for the State Bird – Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Muscivora forficate) – might as well keep going with correctness! Lol! So the original 1893 emblem and the bird are featured on my skirt.
To top it off, the fabric is the closest matching colour blue I could find to the flag and I have embroidered the symbol from the flag on the corselet and the alternating panels on my skirt.
In case you didn't know and I hear you wanting to know more, you know you want to – The Oklahoma State flag features an Osage (pronounced ) warrior's shield on a blue background. Across it lay an olive branch and calumet or peace pipe with 7 eagle feathers decorating the shield – both or all 3 symbols of peace. The design was officially adopted as Oklahomas flag in 1925 however the word 'Oklahoma' was added beneath the shield in 1941. (Have seen the original hanging in the State Capitol building!)
That's it! Lesson over! Hee hee hee, will post a pic after I wear it next week.
Have a good one, be kind to your mother……she might have extra trim!
P.S. Finally got my Aussie fabric made up to so it will be featured next week also!