Mustique has its share of graduates missing the big day, just like so many other countries around the world.
We wanted to make a fun event and a memorable day so we planned to make mortar boards with the graduates, and never mind about the gown! After all, in this heat they'd be too hot to wear anyway!
We decided against the traditional black, and keeping to an "island style" theme we delved into my huge box of Lotty B silks and pulled out the pieces that looked big enough to cover the mortar board. We then whittled down the choice to eight printed silks as we had six girls and two boys to make for.
A big cardboard box that had just arrived from Ecua Andino full of hats I'd bought for the Pink House was just the thing to cut the mortar board tops from. Measuring 9 1/2 " square, which is apparently the most traditional size, these made the perfect template to then cover with the silk.
Silk is always tricker to deal with than one hopes, and we ended up backing each piece with iron-on interfacing and this worked a treat and made the folds nice and crisp.
I luckily had some silk tassels left over from my kaftans in navy blue and bright pink which looked perfect.
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The Mustique Mule is a well recognised sight and sound on the island. These little beach buggies, which are known on the island as "mules", are the only form of motorised transport here. We think of them as workhorses as they are used for everything you can think of!