Foulard de la semaine

Moreton Bay Fig Morris
Happy May Day! Back in my Morris Dancing days I would have been lacing up my bells about now to dance the sun up per Morris tradition. But today I’m celebrating this dawn more sedately, with a double espresso and a glance at my favorite blogs.

On to this week’s foulard: yes, it’s the truly gorgeous “Billets-Doux” scarf by Ashley Ashoff, which I first admired a couple weeks ago. Despite my protestations about being over budget for clothing purchases this month, I succumbed to the lure of its pure blue color and words of love. It arrived late last week, but we were having quite the heat wave, and yesterday was the first day it was cool enough to wear it.

I first tried it on tied loosely like a man’s tie.
But the fabric is so fluid and drapes so nicely, and the pattern so pretty, I decided to show it off to better advantage: This is another variation on the “bib” with that the ends left hanging loose in front. You can also secure by running both ends through a scarf ring in the back if you don’t want to have to continually readjust.

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  1. Toby Wollin
    May 1, 2008 / 12:33 pm

    ooo, Morris Dancing!! We used to have a mens AND a women’s morris dancing group here in Binghamton, NY when I first got her in the late 70s. How I miss them in the spring.

  2. May 1, 2008 / 1:08 pm

    Men with Bells! The ones I’ve known here are unrepentant merrymakers.

    Your new scarf is a study in offhand elegance, enjoy!

  3. May 1, 2008 / 1:42 pm

    toby – Morris has been much more prevalent in the Eastern US than out here. Most folks in CA have never heard of Morris or seen a performance.

    duchesse – yes, “unrepentant merrymaking” is pretty accurate. There’s little in life more fun than hanging out in a pub with Morris folk. They sing, they dance, they laugh.

  4. May 1, 2008 / 4:11 pm

    It styles so beautifully both ways! I think it’ll be well worth the extra splurge this month.

  5. May 1, 2008 / 4:29 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! 🙂

  6. May 1, 2008 / 5:24 pm

    That is LOVELY. No wonder you were willign to go over budget.

  7. May 1, 2008 / 6:58 pm

    Gorgeous! Have you seen the scarves at Zappos (Missoni) and Bluefly? Gadzooks. There are some equestrian prints by Gucci at Bluefly that have Pseu all over them.

  8. Sue
    May 1, 2008 / 1:53 pm

    So you caved on the scarf. Good choice! That blue is indeed gorgeous. The bib fold shows it off beautifully.

    Love these scarf posts!

  9. May 2, 2008 / 2:09 am

    sue, materfamilias, ashe, kelly, miss janey – thank you!

    dana – Away evil temptress! Leadeth me not down the road to Bluefly for that way lies ruin. I need to have some money left to spend in Paris…

  10. May 3, 2008 / 3:47 am

    Morris Dancing….I have no idea what it is. But if it is anything like Polka..I want to learn how to do it!

  11. May 3, 2008 / 1:38 pm

    Belle – it’s different than Polka in that you dance in groups of six (usually) instead of in pairs. But you get to wear bells and hit big sticks together and perhaps sing a bawdy song or three. I’ve often said that the big weekend gatherings of Morris dancers known as “Ales” are more fun than adults should be allowed to have. Wherever you have Morris dancers, you will have music and singing and cameraderie and beer and fun.

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