4th of July Flashback


A week before the Fourth, my kids were all looking for their Stars and Stripes outfits.  Our neighborhood hosts a kids’ parade–complete with bike/wagon decorating competition and bake-off–and they wanted to be appropriately dressed.  This year, I didn’t need to do any sewing, because everything we needed was already in the closet.


For my 8yo, she knew exactly what she wanted to wear: a dress that my mother made for my younger sister almost 20 years ago.  My oldest wore it a dozen years ago, when she was 8, and now the next girl in line was excited to match her wagon with stars and stripes.


I’m pretty sure this is a Robert Kaufman print from way back.  The collar is a woven gingham.  The bodice is lined and the skirt is extra long, which she loves.


There’s something really special about handing down a dress year after year after year.  This one is a reminder that if you use cheap fabric, all you end up with is a cheap dress–but if you work with the best materials you can, a dress can be worn and worn and worn again, then saved and worn some more and still look like new.  We were in too much of a rush to even run an iron over this dress, but outside of a few wrinkles, it looks fresh as a daisy.


When I talk to women who sew for their children, this is the story I hear behind their words each and every time.  Many of them wore dresses their own mothers had sewn for them in their childhood, and now they want to offer those memories to their own kids.  I treasure that I have the opportunity to do the same–by passing along things my mother has made, and by making more memories every time I sit down at my sewing machine.

A perfect way to celebrate Independence Day!  Hope you all had a happy Fourth!

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  • Linda Gillian
    July 6, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    Sweet! Love the story, the dress, and the little girl! What a blessing that you are sewing for your children!

    Linda in OK

    • Deborah
      July 6, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      They make me a better person by letting me do it–and they challenge my creativity as I work to dream up things they’ll love to wear! Everyone wins. 🙂

  • Ruth
    July 6, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Cute dress!

    I was hoping to see a photo of the wagon, etc. though. I’m Jamaican, so I have never seen a 4th of July parade… I know you have fireworks at night, but that’s about where my knowledge of your Independence celebrations end. :-/

    • Deborah
      July 6, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      Funny enough, our parade was postponed due to rain! So we’ll dress up all over again next weekend and see if the weather holds out. I’ll be sure to share photos when it finally happens! 🙂

      • Ruth
        July 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

        Oh dear… sorry to hear that it got washed out. I hope you will favourable weather on the weekend, so I can wait for those photos with bated breath. 😀

        • Ruth
          July 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

          will have**