Christmas Outfits from the Past

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Hand embroidered Sarah Howard Stone collar and velveteen dress for my daughter, 1983. It was worn a few years ago by my older granddaughter, Laurel.

 

They say time flies when you are having fun and, let me tell you, I have had a good bit of fun making holiday outfits for my children and grandchildren.  Like many of you, Christmas and Easter clothes are my favorite and most memorable projects.

 

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This collar reminds me just how hard I  tried to get the stitches just right as we drove to my brother’s house for Thanksgiving.   It was a two hour drive along bumpy back roads and I poked my fingers more than once.  But I couldn’t waste the time. As the family sat and visited after the pumpkin pie, I continued to embroider.

Who knew that 15 years later it could be done on an embroidery machine?  Who knew there would be home embroidery machines? Certainly not me.

 

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Robert and Laurel all ready for the Stetson Christmas concert. She is wearing recycled heirloom from her Aunt Rebecca’s closet.

 

A few years after the shadow work collar was made, my daughter wore a burgundy velveteen dress (just like this one) with this very puffing collar.  Then Laurel wore the collar on a new burgundy velveteen dress.

 

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The puffing collar is another hand-me-down.

 

Not all Laurel’s Christmas dresses were hand-me-downs.  Two of my favorites were brother-sister outfits.

One set was red baby cord embroidered with Santas and worn over white shirts.

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This was their candy cane Christmas. I love those candy hoops with Santa.  Buttons were pending.

 

The hoops rolled all around the little suit.

 

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That center back seam didn’t match up as I had hoped. But at Robert’s standard break-neck speed, no one else noticed.

 

Laurel loved the twirl factor of her jumper.

 

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Don’t you just love all the holiday activities and festivities?  This stroll down Christmas Memory Lane is probably long enough for one post.  I’ll continue next time.

Do you have a favorite Christmas outfit to share with us?  Just shoot me an e-mail at NCcabin@aol.com with a photo and some information.

Meanwhile, sew on!  There are still  4  days to Christmas!

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