Friday, May 19, 2017

What I Wore

While looking for photos to go with yesterday's Think Write Thursday post, I was struck by how few photos I had of myself growing up. My sister may have the stash of family pictures, but then I started to look through all the family slides I scanned a few years ago. Bingo! Some of these are awful, some adorable, but all of them are a tribute to my grandmother and her sewing skills.

She sewed corduroy overalls for me,


Clown pajamas,


and a Chinese jacket.


She always made nightgowns for my sister and me,


and matching jumpers and blouses. (I'm not sure why my poor sister is headless or why we couldn't stand together.)



This Easter outfit was one of my absolute favorites,


And I accessorized it beautifully with a white rabbit hat and muff.


I wanted to wear the Halloween outfit my grandmother lovingly made for me every single day. I had asked for a Glinda the Good Witch costume and was thrilled with the results.


This dress matches the mouth full of licorice from my grandmother's wonderful candy jar.


A closeup of the capes she sewed for Easter would show them off much better, but I can still remember the gold and white trim around the neck and the special gold buttons we picked out together. 


I wish I still had some of these outfits, especially the yellow pinafore dress and Glinda costume, but I wish I had expressed my thanks, love, and appreciation for all of these even more. Here's to what I wore and the special and wonderful woman who made them for me.


15 comments:

  1. Those pictures are awesome, Bonny! Your grandmother was a skilled seamstress and you and your sister were stylin'!

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  2. I have to confess, my mom sewed our clothes! I had a muff in the winter and I had easter capes too!! Ah those were the days. Sadly I was the kind of kid who was always crying because the clothes were too picky (itchy). If I could go back I wish I was more appreciative.

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  3. Thank you for sharing your mothers beautiful talent! My mother sewed as much of our clothing as she possibly could. She had 4 girls to outfit and it was a full time job. I had many of the same pieces you did...corduroy pants, overalls, and jumpers (corduroy is still one of my favorite fabrics), flannel nightgowns, halloween costumes and so much more. Your grandmother added chicness and style! Love the trip down memory lane!

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  4. This is wonderful!! I think Grandma knew how much you loved & appreciated her! I love that she included you in the process -- choosing trims & buttons, etc.

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  5. Amazing! What wonderful memories and I'm sure she knew you loved them all by the look on your face! I had a muff too...oh my did I love that thing!

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  6. Love these photos! Your grandmother was a really great seamstress, and even if you don't have any of the pieces, at least you have the images to help you remember. How nice that you can remember this way.

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  7. This brought tears to my eyes, Bonny. What a lovely tribute. And, I am pretty sure your grandma was filled with joy each time she saw you in the things she made!

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  8. What a talented grandmother you had and what wonderful memories to have.

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    1. Thank you, Helen! I am indeed very lucky to have had such a wonderful grandmother and loving memories of her!

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  9. Thanks, Bonny, for sharing this. It makes me remember how lovingly my mother made all my clothes, took me with her to the fabric store, and let me pick out what I wanted with just a little guidance. It must have taken restraint not to tell me to pick something else! I had a quilt top of scraps of all the clothes she had made for me over the years, but somehow it got lost in a move. I was sad about that, but I still remember all those clothes without the quilt top. When I look at black and white pictures of me as a child, I know exactly what color that dress was and what it looked like!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories! Your quilt top sounds wonderful, and I am sad that it got lost, but like you say, our memories of those clothes lovingly sewn can bring them all back quite clearly!

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  10. Great pictures Bonny and wonderful outfits. What fun! Thanks for sharing. Saw in your comment to Bridget that you started watching Endeavor. I loved that show/series.

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  11. Wow - LOVE LOVE LOVE! My grandmother sewed for me and my (little) sister, but not nearly as extensively as yours. I suspect my younger (girl) cousins got most of the handmade clothes because I inherited all her patterns and I think there were lots more patterns than I remember dresses! I'm sure your grandmother knew exactly how much you loved every single piece she sewed for you - the photos prove it!

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  12. Those are such wonderful photos. I especially love the capes. Your mother is one talented woman! I wish I could sew like she can.

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    1. Thank you! I had a lot of fun looking through old photos and I was so lucky to be the recipient of all that wonderful sewing!

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