Just a quick thanks for all the nice comments that Lydia and I received on our handiwork. Here’s an old picture of the Easter dresses from back when we only had 5 girls, 6 and under. This was only the third time I had ever completed a sewing project, and these babies had lined bodices, petticoats, princess seaming. The works! Note the matching headbands.
That was a lot of fun, and a lot of late nights.
All of the dresses are still in circulation, but they have moved down the line a couple of notches.
As a side note, when I made these dresses I had a neighbor who grew up sewing all her own clothes. She would cook up an idea at my table: “hmmm…the girls need coats. I think I’ll make them some.” Then she would hit WalMart on her way home (not an easy task, since we were next door neighbors and WalMart was hardly on the way).
The next morning, her 2 girls would be sporting brand new custom made windbreakers with hoods, zippers, and appliqued butterflies and ladybugs, all of which cost Matti $3.75 to make.
You say patterns cost more than that? Matti never used patterns.
She also made 5 of our girls personalized quilts (they still have them, Matti!) and the cutest animal head pillows.
She said she was impressed with my 5 dresses, but I had to impress this upon Matti: for her, sewing was like vacuuming the living room. A quick job you do when you have the time, inclination, and a working vacuum cleaner.
For me, it was like giving birth. Really: I’ve given birth just as many times as I have finished a garment, and the sewing probably took longer.
Matti, if you’re reading this, could you sew me a quilt for my bed? It’s a queen size; I could send $3 or $4 to cover materials (you always find the deals!) and could you have it here this week, since the weather is cold?