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Friday, April 19, 2013


Last Friday I posted about my granny and the dress that my aunt made for my mother. Some of you wanted to know what it looked like in colour.
Here it is, it's made from a shiny satin.
It was my mother's grad dress.

Speaking of grad dresses,here is my high school graduation dress.
It was 1976 and the empire waist was all the rage.
I loved that dress then and I still do.
It was the first thing I had ever lined.
I made it myself, there was little to no money to spend on such trivialities.
Unfortunately, education was not valued back then like it is now.

I see the lace on the bottom of it is hanging off. 
I need to fix it.
And speaking of sewing, I am seriously considering going into business in a small way.
I am going to sew clothes and do mending as well as modifications on clothes for friends and family.
I'm not a seamstress, but I can sew well enough to get by.
I think. It will be a big step for me.
You have seen some of the clothes that I have sewn, do you have any advise for me?
I am going to start by making a dress for my younger sister.
It's for her daughter's wedding and it will have a lace bodice and peplum, with a satin skirt attached. Or the whole dress may possibly be made from lace.
It depends on the price of the lace.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.

Hugs, Cindy


Sharon de Jager said...

Hi Cindy I think you should definitely go into business, it's what you love doing and it's like anything, the more you do it, the better you become! Have a great time looking for fabric for the dress. Happy weekend! Sharon x

Shelia said...

Hi Cindy! Oh, I say 'go for it' sewing for others. Everything I've seen you've made is very nice. I used to do alterations for the public. I had really rather sew a complete outfit than alter something! ;) Now your little graduation dress is darling. I'm six years older than you - graduated in 1970 - but I wore these little country long dresses too. My mother sewed also and made me a few. I did love the empire style. I wish you the best on your venture and thanks for popping in to see Edra.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

podso said...

Oh yes I love your peasant or country style dress, It almost looks like dotted swiss which was so popular back then. I think you will do fine making the special dress--you seem to have the determination and skill to go after all kinds of projects. My only advice would be to baste some of it to be sure it is fitting right before you go with the final seams. That way it can be easily pulled out, though I doubt you will have to! Have a nice weekend and hope you see signs of spring!

Rhonda said...

Hi Cindy, we graduated the same year- bicentennial grads at that!

Yes, go for the sewing business. I do it a little and could do it a lot more if my grands did not need me so much. My advice is charge enough. The professional ones charge lots and people that use them don't even bat an eye at it.

It's me said...

You did a great job Cindy !!! that dress !! from

Joyful said...

I really like the soft pink of your graduation dress.

Congratulations on the small business idea. I have no advice but I think you will do just fine. I can see you have sewing skills. I find it amazing that so many people don't know how to even hem a skirt of pair of pants these days. Even if they do, I know that time is at a premium so it is good if you can provide them a service.

Pen Pen said...

Both dresses are beautiful! I have noticed that more people are sewing from vintage patterns these days. I wish those comfy dresses, like your pretty graduation dress, would come back around again! (I found a sleeveless black wrap dress at Goodwill recently and now I'm keeping my eyes open for a pattern!)

camp and cottage living said...

I have seen your sewing and I know you can make a business with your seamstress abilities!
I hope you don't get so busy you don't have time to blog.
BTW, both dresses are precious.
I did note they are both pink-a favorite color?

Pamela Gordon said...

Cindy, from what I've seen you make I think you could start a sewing business indeed. You have made some beautiful clothes and other things for your home so I say go for it! I wish you all the best! Your dress was indeed a popular style in the 70's and even the 60's. I had several empire waist dresses in those years. Have a great weekend. Hugs, Pamela

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I have absolutely NO advice when it comes to sewing. I think you do well with your sewing. I've had some say to me, (that do sew) 'that alterations are a bit more difficult'
But I bet you do well enough to get it done!

I like your dress. I remember seeing those...I'm terrible with trends of the times sort of thing.

I think it is neat that you have your mom's grad dress and your own too! Sweet treasures.

GLOANN said...

What I really noticed about your mom's dress is that deep hem. That used to be the standard for fine garments. I have sewn all my life (graduated high school in 1958) and would make more of my clothing today, but it is so difficult to find nice pretty fabric at a price that makes sewing competitive with purchasing ready made clothing. My last really big project was making my daughter-in-law's wedding dress in 2000. That one was done prayerfully, I assure you!! LOL

Gail said...

Oh Cindy, what a wonderful opportunity for you to do something that you love doing and make money doing it! And I love your dress!! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, Gail

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Your pink grad dress is so pretty! I am regretting getting rid of my grad dress...that would be a nice keepsake to have now. I think you should absolutely start yourself a little business. I think you will be wonderful at it! Congrats! Angie xo

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Love your dress Cindy! Congrats on your sewing'll do great!!!

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

You have a wonderful talent for sewing. I am always amazed by your creations. Seriously, it is a wonderful gift of yours.
BTW, I was on Pinterest just now and saw something you would LOVE.

Chandra said...

I wish I could sit next to you and learn your sewing ways. You truly are awesome! Thank you for sharing your grandmother's dress (again); I'm glad we got to see the color version!

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Ana said...

Oh my goodness, my six grade graduation dress looked just like yours Cindy. But mine was all white and it was my sister's hand-me-down from her six grade graduation....But I thought it was the prettiest thing ever :-) How sweet that you kept yours.