Friday, December 7, 2012

handmade dresses. x






Shhhhhhhh can you here them, those cheeky girls of mine?

They're sitting around, many years into the future and they're laughing at me. With love of course. Well I hope so anyway.

'Do you remember those hand made dresses Mum used to make us out of her little scraps of fabric', they'll ask one another. 'Remember how sometimes she got so into her sewing that she forgot to make us dinner til late? Or how her clothes were always covered in over locker threads? Remember when we used to come into the sewing room to ask her a question and she'd warn us not to get burnt on the iron or step on her pins? And how she claimed to be allergic to t'shirts with words on them? Remember how there were always dresses in various stages of completion hanging from coat hangers on hooks all around the house?  And how she was always kntting at school assemblies? Do you remember how she used to snip at the long threads hanging from our hems in public? Or how she never threw any clothes out but chopped them up and made them into new clothes instead? Do you remember the look on her face when we chose to wear her dresses above all the others in our cupboards? Do you remember the photo shoots for her blog!'

I wonder if they'll dress their own little girls in their old mama made dresses I've put away for them, or if they'll only want new.

I wonder if they'll make and sew things themselves.

I wonder what crazy tricks a sewing machine will be able to do by then.

I wonder what they'll do and where they'll be and who they'll be.

I wonder how long this little chicklet will be happy to wear these mixy-matchy-patchy dresses I create.

I certainly love making them for her.


Do you think your kids will giggle about your ways one day?
What do you think they'll say?

I hope you have the most gorgeous weekend.
Have you got anything exciting planned?
I'm hoping to be very productive and get a big chunk crossed off my list.
Fingers crossed.

Ciao. x

39 comments:

  1. Just lovely I am sure they will remember your efforts fondly. Sarah x

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  2. So lovely! I'm sure my babies will laugh at much the same things. And how Mumma kept the chicken carcases in the freezer with all the bits of peelings for stock...and how she often said "waste not, want not" ....and how she often declared that something was so much better than something bought from the shop. I'm sure they'll laugh, they'll remember and they'l feel the enormous love. Hoping to cross a big chunk off my list too this weekend. Hope you days are bright and lovely :) x

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  3. Indeed I do... I felt like I was reading about myself then! xx

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  4. I think one day they will realize how very lucky they were to have such clothes. It is only now that I fully appreciate the little bluebird puffed sleeve dress, the corduroy skirt with ric rac and the dropped waste gingham dress with flower rose, just a few things my mum sewed for me when I was little. I am sure they will remember them just as clearly. But do be sure to keep some (sadly my mum never kept any!).

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  5. My children giggle about my ways now!
    I think your girls will have a love and appreciation of handmade and become crafters themselves. And they will also laugh about your ways with love and affection too :-)

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  6. I love the way you write. Loved this post
    xx

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  7. Those dresses are great! And I bet they'll be treasured. xK

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  8. Love your words Kate, you are very clever! Love your creations too. I am sure our children will laugh at our crazy ways...but then again they might be a little crazy themselves which will be good too. Have a great weekend x

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  9. i'm taking my crochet to school assembly today, so you are really not so odd. I think people look because they are interested and dont know how.. love our blog as always. You have a delightful family and you are right to chrish the time you have with them.. A Blessed Christmas to you!

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  10. I overheard my girl announcing to a woman at a market the other day, "My mummy knits!" Proud, I was.

    Your handmade dress is so beautiful. I'm inspired. x

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  11. Isn't it marvelous to think that while we are living our day to day lives, we are making memories.

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  12. What an absolutely ADORABLE post! I want to be your daughter and have such cute dresses to wear! Bless you!!! Hugs, Annette

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  13. Luckiest girls in all the world!

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  14. It is a mystery, I imagine any chiding later will be done with love.
    Those little people of ours becoming bigger people all the time. My girl, 7 and desperately sprinting towards 8, she says she wants a blue dress for her birthday. I skip a little happy that she still expects a mama made dress as always. She has begun rolling her eyes just a little, and is already practicing the "arms akimbo angst and defiance" dance move made famous by pre-teens everywhere. "no ribbons ok? and twirly so I can rock out!" Ok I say.

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  15. My boys used to ask me when they were little why they couldn't have real (that is shop bought) jumpers, and real( as in shop bought) bickies and cake and whatever when they were kids. They also wondered how come I grew veges and fruit and why their mum had silly old chooks in our backyard in suburbia. Oh and why did I boil and bubble jam when it came already done from the shops? Now they look back with love and pride at their suburban farmer Mum, and say I was a trend setter before my time! The girls will look back with lots of love Kate, I know it...

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  16. I know I didn't appreciate my mother's sewing as much as I should have. However, I can't see Miss Pepper looking back on these photos with any feeling but profound love, at how much her mother loved her children. It shows in everything you do! I just wish I had a daughter, I would dress her in a million of these dresses in a heartbeat.

    I do spend hours studying my boys, feeling little thrills run up my spine when I catch glimpses of the fine men that they are growing into. Parenting is 90% perspiration and 10% faith that things will turn out, that all our love and hard work will not go to waste. It's a daunting task.

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  17. My boys already say I'm a weird mum & that's ok. I'm sure they'll laugh & tell their own kids stories of the so called weird things I done. Then they'll smile & realise I'm not that weird.....one can only hope....

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  18. Ha ha!!! Mine already say oh my goodness Mum. You can't come out with us looking like a tramp. Take your welly boots off at least!!

    Sadly if I thought of presenting either of my two with something hand made their eyes roll ( I won't repeat what my 17 year old son says)

    Your dresses are fab. I would quite like a grown up version x

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  19. So lovely, of course they will look back on them fondly and adore them. You are such an artist, words, sewing and photography alike. As always a pleasure to read.

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  20. I love everything about this post, the dress, the cheeky girl with the very long plaits, the words and the pictures of course. I'm sure they will giggle about it all then they will not much later start doing the very same things themselves. When they unpack those little dresses in a few years, all the love sewn into them will come rushing out. I can remember in vivid detail the velveteen rabbit my mum sewed me and I still have the Jemima doll to this day. mel x

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  21. I kept all my girls smocked dresses they wore as babies and toddlers. They have since been worn by various foster kids and my fourth child, I adopted when they had grown up. I am hoping they will be worn by grandchildren. So far I have just two grandsons. But one did wear the same cardigan home from hospital that his mother wore. I kept that too.
    I love that dress on your blog today.
    Jeanette

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  22. Kate, your blog is so much fun to read. I've been following your scrappy dresses for some time now and have to ask: do you use patterns or do you pull these patterns out of your own creative mind? I would love to use up my fabric scraps like this too, but I would appreciate just a little guidance. Maybe, pretty please, you could do a quick tutorial on the next Miss Pepper dress you make--or just let us know which pattern you use (if you do use one). Many thanks and keep up the lovely work!

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  23. I so enjoy visiting your blog. I was one of three girls with a mother who would sew for us. I remember going to the fabric clearance center and picking out fabric for our dresses. As a young girl in the 1970s, some of the prints were wild! At the time, I only thought of her as thrifty. Now, I look back and she that she was one creative woman.

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  24. I have some memories of my mum like that sewing for us three gilrs...I am sure they will laugh and cry one day when they think on your love for them. xxx

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  25. Love the dresses - just gorgeous. Happy, happy memories for your girls.

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  26. Our bigger kids already giggle and tease us about our ways..it makes me laugh to hear their perspective on things.
    I think your girls will look back with fond memories Kate and share those stories with their children just as my siblings and I do when we get together.
    x

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  27. my sons have always considered me a bit different :o)...but I just smile and go about my day. The dresses are just darling. m.b.

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  28. I'm sure they will remember how much they were loved :^)
    Your dog reminds me of one we had when we lived in Papua New Guinea, she was called Pepi and was supposed to be a guard dog but just loved playing with our boys.

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  29. I got the love of handmade from my mumma, and I believe my girls has already gotten it from me. She loves nothing more than staying up late than her little brother, helping me with my craft and sewing projects. And she's so particular about her clothes, I'm the only one who can make her the things she likes! Yay for handmade!

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  30. I'm sure your girls will have nothing but magical memories and laughter to look back on when they're grown up.

    My Ma didn't make me clothes very often, because she wasn't as confident as she was skilled. But when she did, I wore those thing to threadbare, I loved them so much.

    That dress is so lovely! She looks like a little patchwork doll. Too cute.

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  32. Hello! New here! This post is so sweet, I have two little girls and I think about these things so often....though not the handmade dresses part, because truth be told I'm useless with a machine, but somehow I have managed to inspire two crafty little kiddos. I hope they look back on our early adentures with love (and grace). Thanks for sharing x

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  33. i love this post so much!
    i wonder if Busy will say... she was always surrounded by envelopes and cushions. x

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  34. this post makes me laugh, Kate! I love it! I really hope that my curly haired girl will keep loving craft in the way she does now (seriously, she woke up the other day saying, this is going to be a craft-acular day!), but I wonder if she will laugh at me a bit too
    xo

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  35. You write so thoughtfully Kate, often echoing my own thoughts exactly. I often wonder what memories my children will retain and cherish from their childhoods, and how they will remember "home" and the way we live. I often wonder if I embarrass them with my creative, slightly off-centre ways. I often wonder if we should be giving them wider horizons and bigger experiences. I often question whether I am doing a good enough job.

    For what it's worth I adore the patchy dress, I would LOVE one myself! You sewing always leaves me inspired.
    Lots of lovexxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  36. These dresses refreshed my childhood memories. Even I had such memories where my mom used to spend days on my dresses with her designing.
    Thank you Kate.

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