Now and Then.
When I took Hallie shopping to buy fabric for her birthday dress(es), I found myself in that common gift buying predicament of wanting to keep one of the fabrics I'd chosen for her. So, I did the only reasonable thing there was to do; I bought extra yardage. LOL.
I warned Hallie that we would have matching dresses, which made us both laugh a little, because as far back as I can remember, my sister (and sometimes brother) and I have been wearing matching, makes stitched together for us by our mom and grandma, who were both incredibly skilled, as you can see.
Getting dressed to take these pictures was a very 'full-circle' moment for me. Despite being around sewing my whole life, I didn't take a serious interest in garment making until I was an adult. I know I didn't fully appreciate the amount of time and effort that went into the making of all those matching clothes; in fact, I'm sure I resented having to wear them at times.
Of course, I have a completely different perspective on things now. It's funny how that happens.
Look at us! Just like the good old days; except Hallie's a bit taller than she used to be ;-D.
My dress is a Rachel Wrap dress. Hallie's dress is McCall's 6886_ and we bought this marvelous Damask sweater knit at Joann Fabrics. The fabric is double layered and has a nice amount of strech and recovery. Joann is really upping their game in the knits fabric department. I've been finding some really fabulous options every time I stop in!
12/16/2015 06:34:19 pm
Totally, totally adorable! your mom and grandma did a great job, but I love your stylish reinterpretation!
12/16/2015 10:10:38 pm
I noticed the fabric selection at JoAnn's is....I don't want to say "larger" because it's not taking up any more space than it used to.....but more things I find myself drawn to, which is even weirder than normal because I don't sew. Of course, that didn't stop me from buying fleece to make a tie blanket for myself (Doctor Who because DOCTOR WHO! and because both boys have Doctor Who blankets of their own).
This is awesome!! I love that you guys have matching dresses. I have a blast sewing matching shirts for my stepsons at Christmas. It's a tradition I only just started last year, but I see it continuing for a long time. Or at least I hope it does. For some reason, my sister and I never really wore matching outfits. Maybe we need to start.
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