My Grandmother’s Dress …

My grandmother died 20 years ago this month. She was a talented seamstress and her sewing room, filled with beautiful wedding dresses and colourful bridesmaids dresses, was a magical place when I was a little girl. Her creative skill was passed down to my mother and her three daughters.

My sisters had saved lots of her sewing stuff and they both recently donated it all to me for my own sewing room. I inherited hundreds of vintage sewing patterns, a complete collection of 1970s Golden Hands Magazine and some bits of very old fabric. In amongst the treasures was an unfinished dress in a beautiful shimmery fabric. The dress had been cut out and tacked together but needed stitching, hemming, facings and a zip. It appealed to my sense of history, family and craft to finish the dress my grandmother had started so many decades ago. Without any spare fabric to play with I bound off the sleeves and crochet a 1950’s style Peter Pan collar. I also added a blue enamel pin from that period. I probably need a brown elastic belt to finish off the look but I still love this very special dress made by my grandmother and me. What do you think?