After having my daughter I fell in love with custom made clothes for little girls. When I started to write a blog post about that I kept coming back to my mom and her love of sewing and fabric. I called my dad and asked him to go through his pictures and scan some in for me. It took him a week, but it was well worth it. Armed with a 'white' sewing machine she got from her mother, she made a lot of my clothes growing up. When we moved into our first house. My mom finally got a sewing room....she loved being able to leave her machine & ironing board up all the time. Every year at Christmas she would make my sister and I nightgowns and Christmas dresses. She would lay out our nightgowns Christmas eve on our beds and our dresses would be hanging on our portraits in the living room the next morning.
My mother would also make us Easter dresses.
One year she decided to make us smocked Easter Dresses. They turned out beautiful and I can't wait to put my daughter in my dress.
I love the curly hair. We slept in curlers....
In about 1984, my mom made us these dresses with the bonnets. I still remember wearing this with my clogs to school. Yes, I looked like Laura Ingles. That was one of my favorite shows as a kid and my hair was in 2 tight braids until I was 12 when I decided to chop it all off.
Over time my mom stopped making us clothes, but we always seem to bring her our mending. She has sewn lots of curtains for me over the years, made me a yoyo jacket and my families Christmas stockings. She still has and uses the same old sewing machine. She also does lots of other crafty things and LOVES to crochet. Now that I have a daughter I have asked my mom to make Lily clothes, blankets and crochet her beautiful sweaters. Yep, I went nuts at the fabric/yarn store. That's a story for another day.