Isn’t wasn’t till we got home from a long, relaxing afternoon at my in-laws Easter Sunday…
(and Jesse exclaimed “Me like being home – home is such a sweet place!“)
…that I realized where the inspiration for Claire’s Easter dress came from.
Purple. Puffed sleeves. Full skirt. Darker trim. These are the dresses my grandmother made for my cousins and my sister and I for our aunt’s wedding back in 1990. That’s me, age 8 and my younger sister, Anja, in the middle (she was two, and that’s how she smiled at that stage in her life.☺). I loved my dress (which also had a wide sash of dark purple tied in a bow in back) and wore it as much as I could until I outgrew it.
Getting Claire to pose for a photo is a real challenge right now. Mostly ’cause she wants so badly to be on the other side of the camera to see the photo in review (“Iwannaseeeee, Mamma! Iwannaseeee!”)
Aunt Elise helped me wrangle her in place while my Bro-in-law shot these photos for us.
She may be in the picture, but she refused to pose for the camera here.
And here.☺ Oh well! You can see the dress – it is a vintage 19-oh, 50’s? pattern a friend loaned me. Very much like what my grandma would have made for my own mother for Easter, I imagine. It was simply lovely putting together (love those old patterns) and even sweeter watching Claire run around (and around, and around) in it on Sunday.
P.S. – your hat is lovely, too, Laura!
Diane, yes, they are sketchers. Love them. granted, not authentic to the rest of the outfit (like your new ones would have been!!!) but it's what I had! church, shopping, everywhere – they are the best shoes.
Laura – thanks so much for commenting! I am relishing your use of the word 'posh'. I'm so glad your back and becoming part of our little community here!
Sarah – thank you for your compliment! Yes, the hat is amazing – it get's its own post coming up soon! 🙂
Kristina – the dress is thrifted, but I found a pattern that is nearly identical! I'll share the link when I post more photos!
Thank you all for your compliments. It certainly is fun to share these photos with you – you who appreciate good, old fashioned style as I do!
I agree with Rah Rah… you should have that last photos done up in black and white! It'd surely pass for an actual vintage photo.
And guess what? I have your exact shoes I think! Are they brown Skechers? I wear those things alllll the time☺
Hi Trina — Claire's dress is adorable and you look quite posh, too! I've been meaning to leave a comment for a while but you know how it is being a busy mom… 🙂 I recently “rediscovered” your blog and this time added it to my feed reader. We are in similar seasons of life and I especially appreciate your posts on health and nutrition. That is an area I have neglected to learn about in the past but I am wanting to make positive changes in my family's diet for the sake of our health. I look forward to reading and learning more from you!
If you turned that last picture into Black&White or sepia you would BOTH look like you were living in the 50's!!
Claire's dress is sweet and so is yours, but THAT HAT is AMAZING!!!! I'm thinking it must be thrift-ed since I don't remember you mentioning hat making as a particular skill of yours. (Maybe the ONE thing you don't do?) 🙂 I spent all last summer hunting down things like that for my sister's vintage wedding. Soooo much fun.
I love Jesse's quote…there really isn't any place like home 🙂
Trina, I really love you dress. Did you make it? Claire's is so cute too. I would love to make one like that for Leah! Se would look so nice in the purple too. (Red hair and purple are very nice together!)
The dress is lovely. Claire is cute too, even if she refused to stand still!
I love her dress, and yours too. I really like the style and it seems like a perfect Easter style…I really like the 1950's dresses.