Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Sew In Love

20 years ago I took a smocking course at a local sewing store.  At the time I made a dress and bonnet and dreamed of the little girl – my little girl - my daughter – who would wear it one day. 

Sunday that dream came true.IMG_8145

I must admit to being a little teary eyed when I dressed Hannah for church on Sunday.  The little dress that had hung in my closet for years and then in Hannah’s closet for the past 5+ years was now being worn by her – and she loved it!  We’re currently reading ‘Little House on the Prairie’ so she was excited to be dressed like Mary and Laura.  When we had a little photo shoot at Nana and Papa’s she even wanted to wear the bonnet. IMG_8136

*sigh*  Wasn’t it just yesterday that I dressed her in adorable little bonnets all the time?  She’s growing up far too quickly!  I’m so thankful she was able to wear this dress before she outgrew it!

My little prairie girl.  Red heartIMG_8140


  1. what a cutie! She looks adorable in the dress and bonnet!!

  2. That is so sweet! She looks adorable :)

  3. Beautiful. The dress. The story behind the dress. And the little girl now wearing it.


  4. Beautiful dress and it looks even better on her!

  5. Oh, that's lovely. Lovely child, lovely dress, lovely story.

  6. So happy that you had that dream realized!

    Lovely dress and smiles.

    Keep smilin!

  7. Oh, I love it!!! So beautiful!!! And if you're taking orders...... :)

    1. LOL! I wouldn't have a clue how to smock any longer. At the time that I took the course I made 4 of these dresses and then never smocked again! I did enjoy it at the time though.

  8. I think you should keep on sewing. Fabulous.

  9. Hi Catherine & Hannah!!

    I have been following your blog for quite sometime through Do They Have Salsa In China and just had to comment. This dress story and your precious little girl wearing your dress that you made years ago is absolutely PRICELESS!!! I so enjoy your blog and little Ms. Hannah is a living doll and a character!!! My youngest sister and her husband adopted a baby girl when she was seven months old from Kazakhstan and our precious girl is 6 years old and the apple of our entire family's eye!!!!

    Thank you again for such a wonderful story and sharing y'alls lives with us!!! PRICELESS!!!

    Take care,

    Holly N. Madugula
    Arlington, TX

  10. So very sweet and you did a fabu job on the dress, very impressive.

  11. You made that! WOW - good for you!

    I didn't know you had such a talent.

    Hannah looks adorable in her dress and bonnet and even more so because it was made with such love.

  12. LOVE IT! We often have to remind my daughter that we're going to talk to God, not a fashion show. She loves dressing up. Has Hannah learned any prayers yet? Do you pray at home? We try to pray every day, and we usually do, but our four year old only knows Hail Mary so far. Any tips?


  13. Great job with the smocking! I bought a smocking pleater over 20 years ago and planned to use it during my gestation, but it went on and on and on and then bam, I was a mom! I did however, also have several things I've sewn 20 years or so ago that my daughter has worn, and the feeling of satisfaction and happiness to finally have them on my very own real daughter was indescribable! I hope you keep this for Hannah's own daughter, too.


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