How old does something have to be to be considered "vintage"?
Back in High School I was at my Grandma's house and my sister and I were trying on my Mom's wedding dress. Turns out she is kind 4 inches shorter than I am so the waist hit at an empire level and my Mom was tiny, and I didn't want to rip the dress. But, in the spirit of trying things on my Grandma brings out one of her Mom's outfits. I often hear how she was always so well dressed and in every picture I've seen it sure appears so.
But for some reason I didn't try it on. I think I was too afraid it was too small. So, I went home and put it in my closet. I was always sure it was just too small and wouldn't fit me. So I never tried it on.
I have been looking for a nice skirt that hits at the waist and goes down past my knee's. I can't seem to find one. But then I remembered this whole suit set I have had in my closet for the last 7 years. A whole tailored set: suit pants, vest, jacket and skirt. I pulled it out and finally looked at the faded tag. Size 6. What?! Why didn't I look at it sooner??
So I put on the skirt and I'm in love.
The sad part? I took it to wear to church over Christmas at my parents house and had just finished changing Naomi's diaper and went to get off the bed and did a bit of the splits and "rrrrrriip". Gasp. Tears. Run around like a crazy person trying to find needle and thread. So, I sewed it as best I could in the 3 minutes before we were supposed to walk out the door. But I still need to go seam rip it again and do it right on my sewing machine.
I still feel awful, but I'll fix it and if I can't do a good enough job I'll find someone who will.
Isn't it beautiful? Well, I think it is and mostly probably because it belonged to my Great Grandmother. She passed away in 2006 and I don't remember a lot of her. She had Alzheimers and by the time she couldn't remember who I was I was around 10 - 12 years old. But I do enjoy the stories my Grandma tells me about her in the nursing home :) And anything I learn about her past.
Wasn't she beautiful? I love this picture. And Grandma... I'm sorry I ripped your skirt because I'm stupid sometimes and don't think that some fabrics don't stretch. I hope it wasn't your favorite. Don't worry.... I'll fix it.