I love the fleur-de-lis. There is just something about it that I find beautiful and appealing. It might have to do with watching Musketeer movies as a kid and the whole romanticism of the debonair swash-buckler. Then again, I have a thing for Robin Hood, King Arthur, Ivanhoe, Mr. Darcy, Zorro... need I go on.
Back to my little man and his new threads. I went with the fleur-de-lis design and used the traditional purple, green, and gold. (As a side note, I looked this up. According to wikipedia, Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia chose the colors during a visit to New Orleans in 1872. Then in 1892 the colors were given official meanings... Justice (purple), Power (gold), and Faith (green). Yes, I am the nerd that looks up the history of holidays and symbols.)
I made the fleur-de-lis as a stand-alone emblem and lightly stitched it to the onesie. After Tuesday, I'll cut it off and save it to be sewn on a new shirt next year. My daughter liked looking at her brother's onesie so much that I made her a pin to wear on a cardigan. She has a cute purple plaid shirt that she can wear with it, and of course we'll add some bead necklaces to complete her ensemble. (Sorry... couldn't resist)
I also made her a set of purple and green barrettes (same way as the valentine barrettes). I considered making them fleur-de-lis as well but ended up opting for flowers.
If you are interested in making your own onesie, here's how:
MARDI GRAS ONESIE
- Felt (Green, Purple, Gold)
- Embroidery Floss (Green, Purple, Gold)
- Template - I used the one in wikipedia's "fleur-de-lis" entry. For the onesie, I printed it at 2-1/2 inches high. For the pin, I made it 3 inches high.
- Choose your main focus color (green for the onesie) and cut out the template shape from the felt.
- Pin the felt fleur-de-lis to your next color (yellow) and cut around it, leaving about a 1/4-inch allowance. You should now have a green fleur-de-lis and a slightly larger yellow shape.