...and all I can say that if it wasn't for Christmas and birthday family get-togethers I would have almost no photos of my children in the clothes I have made them... these photos are all from the albums of our extended family, since we took very few ourselves!, and please be aware that the photos I have here on my blog represent about ten percent of the clothes I actually made for my children! Of course I am disappointed that my photo taking was pretty slack in those days. Photography wasn't really on my radar back then. Too busy taking care of my little ones and the household, no doubt. Oh, and er, fitting in a bit of sewing too, I guess!
In the Christmas gathering pictured here, Tim is wearing a little ensemble comprising a white collarless button up shirt and tartan trousers. The tartan pants have contrasting white piping in a curved insert in the side of the legs, and along each front pocket; and the shirt has tartan piping in the buttonband, plus a few tartan patches for good measure to really tie the whole outfit together.
The children's cousin Michelle is wearing a little pink dress I had made her for a previous birthday; it had a button-up front, dropped waist, an attached white petticoat, and white sleeve cuffs and collar. In the middle picture I am wearing white shorts and a big oversized (in the best 90's tradition) blouse, both made by me.
Cassie is wearing a little dress and a big floppy gingham hat, both made by me. The dress has smocking and embroidered grub roses on the front, and is one of the very few pieces of children's clothing I have kept so I can include a close-up. I was pretty proud of the smocking, and I can still recall obsessing over mastering the perfect grub rose in between chatting-while-supervising, fruit-cutting and nappy-changing sessions at playgroup. The partially finished dress lived in the nappy bag so that I could be sure it accompanied us wherever we went and I could snatch a few more minutes working on it if the opportunity presented itself...
All the children's patterns are TopKids patterns, except for Cassie's smocked dress which was some sort of heirloom pattern, the exact details of which I have no memory.