The Joy of a Frilly Calico Dress

26 02 2012

Last week, Rainbow told me, “I want a frilly dress.”

“Oh. Okay,” I said. “I’ll see what I can do.”

I have since gone shopping for patterns, but didn’t find too much that seemed, well, frilly. We had had a dress once upon a time that would definitely have fallen into that category, but I was pretty sure it was too small.

Today, when I needed to find something in the corner of a closet, I found the aforementioned dress.

Yes, it was frilly.

Sadly, yes, it was also too small.

But next to it in the closet was an old gem. My mom made it for me and I wore it for my first grade picture, thus:


Rainbow happens to be the exact size for this frilly calico confection, so is wearing it the rest of the day, thus:

In other news, Eden is currently working on a school report using a book she just read–On the Banks of Plum Creek. Too bad the dress doesn’t fit her; she could have channeled some Laura Ingalls Wilder (and hopefully cut back on the drama of how hard her homework is).


P.S. My mom is an incredible seamstress. I don’t know how long it took her to sew on the rows of lace and ribbon trim, but it must have taken hours. They all look perfect, too.  Score one for patience and perfectionism!



4 responses

26 02 2012

sweet story – how nice that you have something from your mom that is still in style – my girls would raid my closet for 70’s clothes for Halloween costumes – once winning the prize for the most vintage costume 🙂

26 02 2012

So sweet! I love it. It’s still beautiful. 🙂 your mom is amazing!

28 02 2012

A couple of cute pictures–yours really reminds me of The Girl. If she were smiling with teeth in her first grade picture, you two would be pretty close to twinners. Nice post.


El Jefe

7 03 2012

Such a little mini-Wendy. My girls would DIE over that dress.

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