Thursday, August 14, 2008

Friday Show and Tell - and Twin Update

Today is #6 in my series called "I Used To . . . " It has been such a fun journey for me, and I hope you're enjoying it as well. This episode is about the matching outfits I enjoyed making for my family over the years. When Kristen was born, I began having fun making her outfits from the same fabric as mine. This was the first one when she was 4 months old.


The next one was for Mother's Day, when she was 5 months old. I can't get over how dark my hair got during each pregnancy.

This was our first Christmas with her - I'll never forget the excitement when I went shopping for this fabric and lace with my little monthly allowance - yes, I had an allowance. Sorry if you're young and think that sounds terribly uncool! That's the way it was.
When Kev came along, I didn't sew as much for him, but on occasion, I just couldn't resist matching the two of them. Kristen was 4 and Kev 2 in this first one.
We made this snapshot into a t-shirt for Daddy. Don't you just love the decorative garden hose??

I made these when Kristen was 5 and Kev almost 3.
I love this one of them standing in front of that Austrian Pine that's at least 30 feet tall now.

I should have shot this picture before they became a bit disheveled - they're trying on Uncle R's shoes - he's the tallest one in my sibling's shot that I showed in my last post - he wears about a size 13 shoe.


Then there was the Christmas when they were 5 and 3 - Daddy got into the picture this time. Doesn't Kev looked thrilled about his new plaid flannel shirt??

I don't have the year marked on this one, but I think they're about 7 and 5 in this picture - the outfits aren't totally matching, and I wish you could see them in their entirety - I think these are two of my favorite outfits I ever made - the patterns were extremely detailed (I am blanking on the name, but I know someone out there can refresh my memory - does Laura Ashley sound right?), and I was very proud when I finished them. That's our little dog, Fritzie, who was such a huge part of our family.
Last but not least, here is Kristen with two of her cousins and her Cabbage Patch doll, who is wearing an outfit matching hers. I hope to do a post on some more of the clothes I made to match her outfits for a different doll. She was 10 at this time.
The twins had their 7 month check-ups and they are doing just great - they are developmentally right on target - they aren't even talking about "adjusted age." The girlies are "talking" and blowing bubbles and rolling around, and Katie is really close to sitting up. They are about 10.5 and 11.5 pounds - are just about to grow out of 0-3 month clothes, and are in size 1 diapers. I love these two shots - holding hands . . .
. . . and playing footsie . . .
For more Friday Show and Tell stories, stop by Kelli's blog, There Is No Place Like Home.


Anonymous said...

some how the Christmas photos look like mine did when I was young. Jut poped if for a sec. I'm taking a break from my continuing education to play catch up.
Hugs and God's Love and Blessing to you and your Family.Mike g. said that(It's an A.A.thing of mine)

Barb said...

Adorable outfits, Dawn. Now that you're retired, you should start sewing for the grandbabies! I made all my girls' clothes when they were toddlers, and of course I made them matching outfits. Somehow, I never made an outfit for myself to match theirs.

The twins are just getting cuter and cuter. I'm so glad that they're doing so well. They had a rough start, but look at them now!

DeNiece Barnes said...

I love all of the pictures of you and your family, you have such a wonderful talent. I am glad to see that the twins are doing well, the are so preious, I know they are the light of your life along with all of your granchildren. stop by and visit me at

Kathy said...

Oh my goodness, I wish I could sew like that! All of the outfits are so cute and love the pics. Now twin grandbabies to sew for! Lucky you!

MugwumpMom said...

Loved the trip down memory lane. I had as much fun looking at the background furnishings and nicknacks as I did the cloths! The twins are gorgeous ...playing footsies...too cute.
You'll have fun sewing for them, I'm sure.

Wanita said...

What fun pictures of you and your family. Do you still sew?

The twins just get cuter all the time. I know you enjoy them very much.

Have a lovely weekend!

Tammy said...

Oh wow...wonderful pictures, Dawn...and wonderful outfits!!! You did an amazing job!
I love that last family portrait, too!

nancygrayce said...

Wow, you really are talented. My mother didn't sew, but her sister made us lots of clothes. She made all our Easter outfits! I never learned to sew either.

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Love the walk down memory lane and checking out the styles over the years.

We had a TV stand/knick knick shelf just like the one in your picture, and I noticed the record player and LP's stacked on the shelf too. That's something you don't see much these days!

You're a good seamstress, Dawn. I am too, but I have to be in the mood to sew, and I haven't been in a long time. Honestly, by the time you buy the pattern, material and notions, most of the time you can buy ready made clothes cheaper than you can make them!

The little girlies are growing like weeds. Won't be long now before you can't walk off and leave them and expect them to be in the same place when you come back to check on them! ;o)

Love and hugs,


Lala's world said...

my mom and grandma used to sew my sister and I matching outfits all the time and our hair was exactly like Kristen's!!! can we say 1970's!!

Linds said...

I think you would have a ball making little things for the girls, Dawn! You sew beautifully!
The twins are growing so fast - how is it possible they are 7 months already!

JanMary said...

Love all those photos, took me back to my childhood and some of the outfits I used to wear. I can't imagine the looks on my daughters faces if I suggested to them we wear matching outfits now!

Mica said...

I just love how they all match... what a talented seamstress you are !!! I enjoyed all the fun pictures too !! Thanks for sharing.

Mica from The Child's Paper and Bri from Elephant Dreams

Hootin' Anni said...

Dawn....this is just all so precious. All the photos are super, but I do love the 1st Christmas. There's something about '1st' that always makes me stop and remember what it was back then...and miss those days...

Great Show n Tell as always.
Hope you can stop by. And enjoy the weekend!!

A Hint of Home said...

You did a wonderful job on all the outfits. They're all cute.
Does Jessica McClintock dresses sound familiar?

Maine Mom said...

All these pictures and outfits are great! I love the first picture of Kristen and Kevin. The twins look so sweet in their matching outfits and holding hands.

Amanda said...

Awesome pictures! I wish I knew how to make clothes!

Love Bears All Things said...

I loved seeing these pictures. I sewed a lot for myself and my babies way back when. I think I have some photos somewhere. The pink outfit looks like polyester double knit. I remember what a miracle fabric we thought it was at the time and how it almost decimated the cotton industry in the south. I'm happy that cotton made a come back. Some of those polyester plants went out of business.
I remember trying to stretch my grocery money to have a little left over. Yes I had a household allowance. I need to start being that frugal again.
Thanks for sharing this, made me remember so much.
Mama Bear

Melissa Wertz said...

Dawn, I still get an allowance. Now,because it does not seem to cover gas and groceries, I have having to go into mad money-stash (fitnees money checks get cashed and stashed into a drawer for something special like expensive fitness shoes, music, certifications and nice dress for me... I digress sorry) But I used allowance to buy winter twill just the other day. I do know that I am one of the few who does that.

Needled Mom said...

It looks like you had so much fun sewing for the kids - and yourself. You should do it again as they have so many darling patterns for the little ones these days. It is even more fun to sew for the grandchildren.

I always enjoy your "Show and Tell" Fridays, Dawn. You always share so much.

Have a great weekend.

Nanna said...

cute post Dawn, my grandaughters get a kick out of our old photos, we justrecently had twin grandaughters too!

Karen said...

Those pictures are SO MUCH FUN! I love all the matching outfits.

I think I have that overall/jumper pattern with the appliques on them. LOL!

I think you're thinking of "Gunne Sax", not Laura Ashley.

Mary said...


Just taking a break and thought I'd drop by for a visit. I'm so glad I did. These photos are precious. I always enjoy viewing old photographs and these hold treasured memories, for sure.

Wow! You are a talented lady. Mom sewed clothes for the entire family as well. When my daughter was young, I made her a few things, but never had the patience for sewing.

The girlies are really growing. What an awesome post. Thank you for sharing.


MyJourneyBack said...

Such a sweet post. I wish I had taken more photos way back then. I didn't have an allowance guess I should have would have been able to afford the photo printing! I loved your sewing projects.
Are you going to be sewing for the twins! Have a Blessed weekend and don't forget to come by for my show and tell too.

Sherry said...

cute pictures-you should get back into sewing in your spare:) time.

Michelle said...

I LOVE your 'Show and Tells'! You have quite a bit of talent in the sewing department. Those outfits are great!

Anonymous said...

How beautiful. You are a great sewer.

Reynie said...

My Mom used to make us the same type of matching outfits! I love it! That just took me back to being a kid again! thanks for sharing!!

Sioux said...

Oh, Dawn, the photos are so sweet. I love all the outfits you made for the kids growing up. Our daughter did one for her daughter with a matching dress for her doll, too.

So glad to see the twins progressing so well. They're beautiful!

Jess said...

Very cute pictures...enjoyed the post and when will you be sewing for the twins? lol

Have a great weekend.

Barbara H. said...

I always wanted to sew for daughters -- I had even saved up patterns from when I used to work at a fabric store -- but I had all boys. I did make my first son one outfit. There were a lot of cute baby outfits for boys that I could have made -- I just didn't get back into sewing much over the years.

I love matching dresses on sisters or mothers and daughters.

PEA said...

Such darling outfits you made for you and Kristen...I remember my mom making a few matching outfits for her and I but I don't think she ever took pictures because I've never seen them! lol I so enjoyed looking at all the pictures...such wonderful memories:-)

I can't get over how big the twins are getting and what great news to learn that they are developing right on target!! The picture of them playing footsies is just adorable! lol xoxo

Mam said...

Great post, Dawn. I love seeing those old photos. You made beautiful outfits.

Coe said...
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Coe said...

When I was a stay at home Mom I made the girls matching outfits. It was a lot of fun. One Christmas I made all 3 of us matching dresses.

Midlife Mom said...

I always LOVE your Show and Tell! Those matching outfits are soooooo cute! I think the dress you are talking about is Gunnie Sax, don't know if that's the right spelling or not. Very detailed indeed! I can quilt but I can't sew, does that make sense?! ha! I do a bit of sewing for the grandkids but it's mostly pj's out of fleece that they love. Can't go wrong on those. I used to make my own clothes when double knit was popular, so forgiving! You do such a beautiful job, you and Needled Mom should get together, she sews beautifully too.
The pics of the twinies are so cute, I love the one of their toes touching!
Yes, I am glad we blog and have connected too!!!

Penless Thoughts said...

Fantastic!!!! I never made matching outfits for me and them but I dressed my two daughters (only 1 year and 9 days apart in age) in matching clothing for years. Only the color of the dress would be different. Loved it that the twins were also dressed alike!!!

Anonymous said...

Again, I so enjoy your "I used to" posts. v from Idaho

Carla said...

Growing up my mom sewed my clothes and my brother and I often matched, and my babydolls matched me too! Thank you for bringing back the memories! (your children are precious! Such blonde hair and BLUE eyes!)

La Tea Dah said...

Darling! I love all the matching outfits and the twins are adorable!


MyJourneyBack said...

Hi Dawn,
Thanks for coming by. I already commented on your wonderful sewing but I had to comment on your comment. LOL.
I think we need to do a show and tell of laundry rooms. LOL I got a bunch of comments on that.
Thanks for coming by.

Susie said...

Hi Dawn,
I'm so slow getting around to visit..
Loved seeing all your beautiful home sewn creations..
I think that may have been Laura Ashley as I made a similar one for C and that sounds quite familiar.
The twins are adorable. Can't get over how much they've grown.

Anonymous said...

I can't imagine how talented you are and how you have managed to keep up making similar outfits for all of you. Thats sooo neat. Wonderful too that you enjoyed taking pictures and had photos of them all.
Thank you for sharing and keep up the sewing..

Mimi said...

I just love your "remember when's"...
you made beautiful clothes for your kiddies...
you can start over again with your grand kids..I'm sure they will love things made by their grandma...

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

My mom used to sew clothes for me when I was a little girl - your photos of Kristen reminded me of some of the outfits she made for me. :)

Look at how big the twins are getting - so cute! :)

groovyoldlady said...

I'm amazed by your handiwork. I've made a few outfits here and there, but overall, I just don't like sewing. It makes me cranky!

Kathleen Marie said...

My goodness, so I have a lot to catch up on...Love the photos and my have the twins grown! And those outfits are just adorable, seriously cute.

Sewing...Something I wish I had learned to do well... (big sigh)...

Hugs to you!