Simplicity 2591 goes for Afternoon Tea

Cake with your dress?

What’s the point in making a lovely new dress if you can’t take it out for afternoon tea? With my family in town and Mum celebrating her birthday, it felt only right and proper that we escape the tropical London heat for the air conditioning of the Langham Hotel’s Palm Court. Mum deserved a treat and so did my dress!

Here’s the hotel doorman helping Mum out of the taxi as we pulled in,  past the British Broadcasting Corporation, just off London’s Regent Street. I love this photo and the shared glance between the two of them.

First, we went to the hotel bar for a cocktail – yum. I had a pear martini, other choices were Manhattans and a fierce Old Fashioned. I’d love to show you a glimpse of the purple leather  seats and the butterfly appliques on the walls of the bar, but sadly people were too busy taking the mickey out of me to take photos befitting the occasion:

Moustache with your cocktail?

Finally, we retired to the Palm Court where we were surrounded by ladies who lunch. Waitresses in oyster satin outfits plied us with tea, finger sandwiches, more finger sandwiches, cakes, cupcakes, panacotta puddings, scones… Wow. Anyone who tells you that afternoon tea is a light meal is fibbing.

Our crockery was Wedgewood:

And I managed to find a mirror to record Simplicity 2591’s outing:

Finally, we made our way back home through the heat and I was able to gift a recent self-drafted top to my sister. My first attempt at self-drafting and it was too small across the chest. No matter! More can – and will! – be made. I love that fabric:

Thanks, Karen!

Here’s a close up of the fabric, bought for £2 a metre from Saeed Fabrics:

So that was Simplicity 2591’s day out. She’s a great companion for these excursions. Cool, comfortable, flattering. Everything a girl could ask for. Oh, and there’s a bit of stretch in that sateen. After scones galore, I definitely needed a bit of stretch…

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6 Responses to Simplicity 2591 goes for Afternoon Tea

  1. rachel says:

    It sounds like you had the perfect day out. And your dress is perfect for a ladies’ outing – you look gorgeous. Love the fabric of the shirt for your sister – it would look fabulous as a skirt too.

  2. Suzanne says:

    What a nice way to celebrate with your Mom. I like the dress too. What is panacotta pudding?

  3. Panacotta is a set milk pudding. Posh blancmange, if anyone knows that!

  4. Louise says:

    I’ve passed the Langham many times when I’ve had meetings at that end of London, and longingly wished I could go in for afternoon tea. It sounds delightful, and your dress looks fabulous.

    I’m currently working on my first dress, also a simplicity pattern, but a different one to this. I’m hoping it looks as good as yours when it’s done.

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  6. Jeanette says:

    What is the name and number of the pattern for the top you gave your sister (S 2591 goes to tea – July 10, 2010)? I just found your blog and I’m reading it from the beginning.

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