Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Hand-me-downs

I've always been a fan of hand-me-downs ... the ultimate in re-use! And so, since Parker had outgrown her 6-month clothes, I co-opted an outfit for her doll ...


While I've never been successful at dressmaking, as the mother of tall, slender, once-upon-a-time prom-goers, I have had lots of experience in alterations ...


And even though it's a bit of a gray day for photography, the end result of my stitching was well-worth documenting ...


Sadly, the 100% cotton resisted my needle every step of the way, so I decided on no stitch embellishing this time around.  

But I'm thinking there could be more hand-me-downs to come ...



11 comments:

susan hemann said...

wonderful, could be your needle

Liz A said...

Susan - Thanks, I like this outfit much better than the first one. As for the needle, I was using a John James 11, so pretty fine. More to the point (ha), I've been spoiled by stitching mostly well-washed linen harvested from thrift store clothing.

Patty said...

Such a beautiful girl! These are hand made treasures. I have several
dolls and animals my grandmother made. So wonderful you're doing this.

Liz A said...

Patty - Welcome and thank you ... somehow my mom and my grandmothers didn't do anything like this. So, a new tradition for our family ...

Kristin said...

What a wonderful new family tradition you have begun. The doll is wonderful and her new dress such a lovely treasured memory save and re-created.
(hand-stitching on some cloths is truly a negative experience...I, too use very fine needles but opt to omit the stitches when the fabric seems like metal.)

Liz A said...

Kristin - Thank you ... I’m afraid my first granddaughter (now 14) missed out as I was still in the work-a-day world. But better late than never.

Barry said...

LA - ultimate recycling. B

Mo Crow said...

cool sleeves!

Liz A said...

Barry - a fond memory from my childhood: going to the (garbage) dump while staying at my grandparents’ cottage and foraging for games left by departing vacationers. Reuse is deep in me ...

Mo - those sleeves were a total surprise ... they made themselves known

Judy Martin said...

How wonderful xo
all of it

Liz A said...

Judy - thank you ... yes ‘tis