I was inspired by a dress that Tissot painted a number of times. Sometimes it has blue ribbons, sometimes yellow. I chose pink! Anyway, I saw this 1878 Harper's Bazar fashion plate and knew I'd found my Summer Victorian dress:
Beth was kind enough to share 12 yards of a sheer gauzy cotton with tone on tone stripes, and I began the dress. I lined it in pink cotton. Hat is from Truly Victorian, trimmed by me. She doesn't sell these hats anymore, sadly.