Grandma + Granddaughter Summer Dresses

I am happy to say that today I am going to share with you something I’ve done recently. My wonderful, dear Mom had her birthday not long ago, and I was more than happy to oblige her with a wish she had for a dress.

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Once -some longer time ago- we were together at a fabric store in Vienna. I was looking for some fabric for I don’t know what any more, and she bought this lovely denim blue thin cotton fabric with white dots, saying she would like me to make a dress for her out of it. So I took it home with me, where it sat for a while, put away with other fabrics in my fabric closet, waiting for its turn.

In the meantime it was winter, not time for wearing thin dresses anyway, lots of other things to do… Until this June, when her birthday was coming near, I finally got it out again, remembering it was something I’ve promised her long ago.

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Originally we took fabric enough to make a simple long dress for mom. She has a dress, similar to the one I made, which she likes and she gave it to me to draft my pattern from it, with just some minor adjustments. But then she said, she wants the dress to be knee-length-short. Since it’s a thin fabric anyway, and is good for a summer dress anyway therefore, it doesn’t need to be long.

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So suddenly there was some extra fabric left. So we started talking about matching dresses for her and Liv. Though, I am not exactly sure whose idea it was, I am almost sure it was her.

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And here they are. Beautiful matching grandmother and granddaughter in their summer dresses.

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The yellow flower is getting water to drink (right into its mouth) 

I made Liv’s dress a bit differently on purpose. The fabric makes it so clear they are matching, I didn’t want the pattern to be the same, so they would look like… big version, small version. I like matching outfits. But I like them to be a little bit different. Most of the time. Though, sometimes it works even if they are same-same. Let’s not get into that any deeper right now anymore.

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Detail of closure on the side with buttons on Grandma’s version
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Detail of Liv’s front closure with buttons

The original dress I drafted for my mother’s dress also had a lovely lace at the bottom hem. I kinda liked it, it added a bit of refreshment to the simple pattern. So I looked through what I had at home and found some lovely embroidered madeira laces which I liked. Unfortunately none of the two I liked most I had enough for both dresses. So they each got a different one. But I wonder if anyone would even really notice, if I didn’t point it out.

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I think they’re so cute together. :-)

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