There was one year I remember my new outfit particularly well because my mother made it....by hand! We had no sewing machine, but every now and then Mom would make me a dress. She would buy a pattern, cut it out, pin it, and then sit in her chair every evening hand-sewing something for me to wear. The Easter dress I remember my mom making was when I was around 11 or 12. I was stick thin and short and there was no question that I was still a child (unlike some 11-12 years old now who look at least 15!) Anyway, the dress she made had a dropped waist, short sleeves, a kind of rolled collar, buttoned down the back, and had a full skirt. It also had a long-sleeved light-weight (unlined) spring coat...which she also made by hand!! The material that mom and I picked out was lavender flowers on a white background for the dress, and a solid lavender for the rolled collar and as trim at the dropped waist. She made the coat out of the same lavender material.
There was a white hat, new white gloves, and white patent leather shoes. I loved it! I felt like I was definitely ready for the "Easter Parade." That outfit was one of the last things mom made for me, except for some costume things for school and Halloween. I was turning into a teenager and home-made dresses were not what teenage girls were willing to wear in a small town in FL in 1959.
Still I'll never forget the sight of my mom sitting each night for days and days with her needle and thread hand-sewing my brand new Easter outfit for the Easter Parade!
Whether or not you get a new outfit, I hope you have a lovely Easter that adds up to wonderful memories of what Easter is like in your house!
|M-t-G's 2nd Easter|
(Her 1st was when she was 1 week old!)