Will you have a new outfit for Easter this year? Was a new outfit an exciting part of your childhood Easters?
While visiting my parents last year, I found a treasure trove of
patterns (now vintage!) that my mother had saved after sewing clothes
for me throughout my childhood. One of my all-time favorites was this
dress with coordinating coat, which I wore for Easter when I was 12 or
13. Mama made the coat in a pink and white floral, and the dress and
coat collar in solid pink, both from linen-like fabric. The coat had
covered buttons with fabric loops, which must have required a lot of
extra time! I wore it with pink slingback flats (and possibly white
gloves -- were we still wearing gloves in the mid-1960s?) and felt very
special and elegant.
To go WAY back, here I am in my Easter finery at age three and a half. Mama didn't make this dress -- my baby sister was 11 days old that Easter, so she was a little busy! I have to wonder how much attention I paid in Sunday School, wearing that stiff petticoat, hat, gloves, and no-doubt-new shoes.
I continued the tradition, sewing for my children, especially their
Sunday and special occasion outfits. I was into smocking back then, and
here are their Easter outfits in the late 1980s. Our son looked adorable in smocked
outfits until he was four, when he insisted he wanted to wear a suit for
And now there's another generation to sew for! Here's an Easter dress I made for my oldest grandchild a few years ago. I have sewed a few things for her and my grandson, but I haven't yet sewn anything for my youngest grandchild. I HAVE knitted her a few things, but she's two now, so I need to get back to my sewing machine!