We recieved our storage shipment two weeks ago. It was a hodge podge of things that we hadn’t seen in years, some items were precious gifts that we’d longed for. Other items made us wonder what we were thinking storing them as we did. So there we were, unpacking box after box, getting reaquainted with sentimental favorites like my grandmother’s secretrary and my mother’s desk.

And then my husband found it buried in a box. We slowly, reverently, pulled out my grandfather’s leather and canvas garment bag he’d used in World War II. As we talked about how to display the vintage bag, my husband unzipped it and we found nestled in a compartment, a crochet dress in a color that was somewhere between ripe peach and pale pink rose. It had tiny glass beads and a note attached, explaining that it was made by my great grandmother in 1936.

I remember this dress. To me, it was pure magic. When I was six-years old, my mother dressed me in it. My older sisters decorated my eyes and face with their covetted eyeshadow and my dad fashioned fairy wings out of coat hangers and colored paper. It was the first and only Halloween outfit I recall from childhood, and as I walked down the darkened streets of my neighborhood hand-in-hand with my siblings, I truly did feel beautiful, special, for the first time.

My mother gave me the dress years ago, but I thought it had been lost amongst our many moves, and I mourned for the memory. I’d wanted to pass it along to Sofia, and some day, her daughter, as well.

So here we are. Sofie put it on for the first time tonight. She danced, twirled, wandered like a little fairy.

It was a perfect fit.

These were taken with my  Sweet 35.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 20, 2013
Sarah, These are such beautiful pictures! And i love the dress! It makes the wonderful colour palette of your gorgeous pictures complete.
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Emma Wood
August 20, 2013
Oh Sarah, you also have 'a dress'. I have one that I wore aged 5 that all my girls have worn, including Poppy and Lucy. I love that you have this tradition too and the images you've captured of Sofie wearing it are so special. I adore the texture in the black and whites too - I hope you photograph it a lot. <3
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August 20, 2013
This is just sweet perfection! i am just moved beyond words!
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August 20, 2013
Oh my gosh, your words and images are so beautiful they made me teary--I am so sentimental, and this brings me such joy! Lovely dress, lovely girl, lovely memories...
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August 30, 2013
these are all so lovely Sarah!! what a wonderful treasure to find. the dress fits her perfectly!
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