I had a rummage around in my parents’ loft last week. Well, to be more accurate, I sent Andy up there and he came down with a couple of boxes. I don’t go in lofts, that’s where the spiders live. I’d sent him up there to retrieve my Cricket doll because I thought the squishes would like her, but one of the boxes he came down with had some of the dresses my Grandma had made for me.
It was a bit emotional sort of being ambushed with them, but also a nice reminder of happy memories and of my Grandma herself. I thought I’d share some of them with you in a few blog instalments.
(Something I’ve learnt today is that trying to photograph an ivory dress on a magnolia wall is never going to work too well, oops)
This was my Christening dress, and it was made from my Aunt’s wedding dress. I checked with my Mom and she said it was the dress I had for the party afterwards, not my actual Christening gown. (Check me out with my outfit changes!). It’s a bit tricky to see properly, but it’s gathered under the yoke and has a beautiful scalloped hem.
This is the back view:
As you can see, it’s a really simple design but it’s so beautiful. Obviously I have no memories of wearing this (it’s around a 9-12 month kind of size), but I do have this photograph of me with my Grandma, which I love:
I’m so pleased that my parents have kept these things for me. I’m amazed how great the condition is on this considering it’s 30 years old and I definitely used it to dress up my dolls in when I was younger. It just shows you how handmade clothing can be such good quality when made properly. I certainly don’t have any of my shop-bought clothes from that long ago!
It’s a shame this won’t fit Eleanor or Phoebe, but it does fit my Cricket doll, so it’ll live on and I can tell my girls all about how their clever Great-Grandma made it 🙂
Have you got any handmade clothes from when you were younger? Please share!