Thursday, September 04, 2008

Vintage finds in the ceder chest

Ahh... It's good to be unpacked and settled now. Clothes are hung up, things tucked away in a vintage dresser that my mom used as a little girl, the antique lamp that I just adored as a child (you see, you turn it on and off with a vintage looking key that clicks in a very special way). Grandma's home is definitely my home-away-from-home.
This morning we got on the topics of antiques, vintage items (you should see a gorgeous fur jacket that she has! It is "pinked" (did I spell that right?) so it would be of a expensive quality fur. A dear friend of hers gave it to her years ago, and it is in mint condition. Grandma said she wouldn't wear it since nobody wears furs anymore... ), and other fun topics.

She opened up her ceder chest that is at the foot of my bed that is packed full of table linens of embroidery, cross-stitch, crochet, lace. You S&S ladies would go NUTS. =D

We got on the subject of aprons (hmm, how would that happen...) from vintage patterns. And she went back to her closet and brought a bunch of her vintage patterns that she's had that she hasn't wanted to throw out. Of course I commended her for that. =)

She had a story to tell with several. The one below was one she used for my aunt's wedding in the 70's. I was intrigued by how slimming they looked, though the neckline could use a filler.

Grandma disappears again only to bring out the very dress she wore! The dress is made out of a beautiful mint green satin and the jacket out of a gorgeous lightweight dark green velvet. I asked if she used the size indicated on the pattern. And she did.

She let me slip it on, and I was amazed at how well it fit. She was (at the time) an inch or so shorter than me, and was a little bit bustier than I, but overall, it was a good fit. Grandma said that I could have it for recitals if I'd like! Of course I was elated! It may not be "really" vintage only having been made in the 70's, but to have something that my Grandma wore is special to me.

She even pulled out a half a dozen other patterns that she said that I can have! These two were my favorite out of the bunch. Love the dress with a collar that looks sorta 20's inspired, and that gingham smock/apron on the left!

I have a feeling you just may hear more about sewing that I had realized, as I was informed this morning that a lady who goes to Grandma's church is interested in having she or myself teach her daughter how to sew.


YayaOrchid said...

So glad to hear you're settled in and happy! I am also thrilled to hear there's a possibility of you getting back into sewing. I would love to see more of your 30's aprons! I do wish your shop was still open. I want one of your aprons! Maybe you can size one up a bit? Just kidding, I know you've got lots of things on your agenda, so there may not be time for sewing. Do keep us posted of what you're up to. :)

Anonymous said...

Irene said...
Oh, what a happy time for you! Cherished times to have forever. Love that nightgown hanging on the door. Did you make it?
Enjoy your stay. Yes, and do keep us posted, always looking forward to it/

Ruth Ann said...

how fun! Old things are always exciting, especially when they're linked to times of the past that people we know (especially grandparents & parents) were a part of. You will treasure wearing the dress that your grandma made and wore to the wedding, and be blessed that she kept it and could share it with you at this time of your life.

Keep having fun and making memories with your grandma, that has got to be a very special time!

~ Ruth Ann

Tom said...

Oh, how special!! Sounds like something from a storybook. I love that first picture--the decor in that room looks lovely. Just my kind of colors.

Sarah Jane said...

How perfectly "scrumptious", to borrow a phrase from Anne of Green Gables. :) What wonderful memories you are building with your grandma. I miss my own very much. Those patterns are spectacular! Enjoy yourself as much as you possibly can! I don't see how you CAN'T enjoy yourself with such beautiful surroundings and such good company!

Rachel said...

Oh, aarrghhh.... That Tom comment was me, in case you were wondering. I didn't realize that my brother's account was still signed in. :P

the Long ladies said...

Hello Cheri!! I am glad to hear that you've been having a great time at your grandmother's house! Please keep posting... even if it's not about sewing. And that dress... stunning! I am just smitten with fashion history.

Have a lovely evening~
the Long ladies
marie-madeline studio

Cheri said...

So much fun to hear from you ladies! =) And when I can, I'll try to post for you all.

Yaya, I should have thought to have brought some of my patterns to work on sizing them up while I'm here, but I didn't. That will have to wait until I'm back home...

Irene, yes, I did make the nightgown hanging up. Thankyou!

Tom, er, Rachel, I was quite relieved to know that I didn't have a new gentlman reading the blog when you told me who you were. =)

Neuropoet said...

It sounds like you're having a wonderful time with your grandma! Enjoy every minute - and do share with us whenever you have the chance!


Anonymous said...

Hello there! I just stumbled upon your blog and it's SO inspiring! I'm off to read some more...

God Bless,
love, Tina :)

Shannon said...

I'm so happy for you! What a blessing to have a kindred spirit for a grandmother -- I am now quite curious about your finds in the cedar chest!

I hope you enjoy your stay, and that you *may* have some sewing ventures to share with us ;-)

Yours in Christ,