April 29, 2013

Family Fabrics

As a child I was always being sewn clothes by my Mum and Grandmother. My sister and I are only 14 months apart so we often had matching outfits; looking back we almost looked like very non span>-identical twins! Some of my earliest memories are interwoven with the fabrics that our clothes were made of and looking at them now still brings so much back. We have little scraps of these fabrics still and I decided it would be a good idea to make them into something that my sister and I would wear now. A little bit of continuity from past to present!

For the first mini-project I used fabric from the matching dresses that we wore to our Dad’s graduation (hence the hat) 22 years ago. I still remember the day; my sister and I ate scones and probably managed to make a horrible sticky mess all over our lovely dresses!

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These bow hair slides were really simple to make. You just sew up a bow then stitch it onto a plain barrette hair slide, I got ours from eBay for less than a pound.

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For the next mini-project I decided to make a couple of badges like the fabric badges that I posted about previously. For these I used two Liberty Tana Lawn prints which were once made into shirts by our Grandmother. I absolutely love the print of my shirt and I’m hoping to use some more of it in a patchwork project I have planned. We wore these shirts for our first school photo together which you can see below, we both look so funny in it.

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I feel very lucky to have had people sew me things and think I have them to thank for my own love of sewing!  The fabrics not only remind me of the times I had wearing them but also of the people who made them and of the love they made them with. That’s pretty special.

Do you have any fabrics that make you think of certain memories or people? I’d love to hear your fabric stories!

R.

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sewexhausted

What a great idea- the bows and badges are very cute. I have 3 daughters and I made them all matching dresses as they were growing up… I still have all those dresses and my girls are 16, 18, and 21… I wonder if they will ever decide to do anything with them?? Or start sewing themselves! ~Laurie

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thenewcraftsociety

Thank you! I am actually one of three daughters myself, one day i’ll do a post with all three of us. I’m sure your daughters will cherish the dressers you made them and I definitely wouldn’t be surprised if they started sewing too!

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