Some girls who had moms who sewed for them probably have more memories like this. I sewed my own clothes as I learned in about 8th grade. i am curious about your pink dress and what youmeant by layers, you mean slips and layers of fabric?
Marian, I too, began sewing around 8th grade, and I still like to make things, but mostly for my girls or grandkids. I love to make their Halloween costumes, pinafores, and doll clothes.
And as for the dotted swiss curtains?? Well, I made pastel blue dotted swiss curtains for the bathroom, and then when my girls were 2 and 5, I was short on money, so I used the old curtains to make "Blue Fairy" costumes for both girls! Wands out of aluminum foil. Such a thrifty Mama!!
Yes, my mom always had my sister and me in pastel dresses for Easter, and she always got out that white shoe polish (that had the slanted top that looked like the old LePage's glue top) to spruce up our shoes. We did have little purses and gloves, hats, and bows in our hair (mine was in braids). My favorite year was when my Aunt Shirley in New York sent me the softest white skull hat with rhinestones, that tied under the chin, AND a matching muffler. It was maybe white rabbit's fur. My dad was out of work at the time, and I felt like a princess, even though I had on my cousin's hand-me-down dress...
THANK YOU Beverly for sharing your memories and how much the gestures of your parents and Aunt meant to you! I received some dresses too and I enjoyed wearing them so much!
Your Blue Fairy Costume story is wonderful!