I have still been thinking about Jude's post with photos of a little red dress, a family heirloom. I commented there that our family had a "red dress" too. My sister and I both wore it as little girls. I was recently at her house, where it resides, so I snapped a few pictures of it to share here. When I looked at the tag, the familiarity of the brand name came back in a rush and I could hear my mom's voice telling me that this was a brand she bought frequently as it was good quality, but inexpensive. Important factors for a single mother of two.
|Isn't it cute?!|
My sister wore it first, then it was my turn. I used to joke that I was the "Hand-Me-Down Queen" as most of my clothes belonged to my sister or a family friend before I wore them. But, they were well taken care of and this dress lasted not only for this second girl, but for our 4 daughters who followed. I am not sure if it can be attributed to my mother's generation or some other factor I am not aware of, but my mom took great care of everything! Clothing, furniture, family heirlooms...you name it...they lasted her lifetime and she kept it all! I am so glad she did, so we could share in the tradition of the little red dress!
|Here we all are! We couldn't find the white petticoat the day I snapped the pictures.|
There was another dress, by the same maker, that she saved that was equally special to me.
Maybe even a pinch more so, because the story was this dress was bought for me!
At least that is the story as I remember it!
I believe all the girls wore this one too. This is it...
You can tell it's been stored for a while! Did mom's actually iron their daughter's dresses back then?!!! I don't remember that task! Ha!
I guess now these little treasures will wait patiently for granddaughters to carry on the tradition!
Here are a few more detail shots...
|The trim at the neck|
|The brand: "Youngland"|
|I love the positive-negative effect|
All of this reminded me of an excellent play my sister and I went to see last year. It was based on this book and it was excellent! The book is simple, charming and thoughtful. The play added another dimension, another layer. It broadened the experience with laughter and tear invoked memories. It brought the audience together, especially the women, through shared experiences with those we didn't even know. I thought about it for many, many days afterward. If it ever comes around to where you are, or if you happen upon the book...I highly recommend both!
Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2011