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Thursday, May 6, 2010

As Requested

This past Sunday, we took the opportunity to have Matt bless Libby at Church. Every other time we have blessed one of our children, my father has been present. Unfortunately, he was unable to be there this time, but that's okay. We had our Ward Family present and Matt was surrounded by a good group of his friends.  I think it was the first time I realized that we aren't a "Young Family" anymore. We have arrived. We are middle aged. Ick.

But this post wasn't supposed to be about that.

A billion years ago (or 8) when we blessed Abbie, my mother made her a very beautiful dress. Anna also wore that dress when she was blessed. But it's been six years since Anna was born and my style has changed drastically.  And my mother's skills have improved dramatically. So, when we found out we were having another girl, my mother offered to make a new blessing dress. I emphatically accepted.

Last week, this dress arrived.
Smocking! What seems like hundreds of French Knots.
Pintucking! Bullion Roses. All lovingly Hand Embroidered by my mother... who has terrible arthritis.
This is the hem. Inlaid lace, more hand embroidery, more rows of pintucks.  This dress is insane.
And I love it. And I love her. Thank you, Mom.
(Better pictures of Libby IN the dress, still to come.)


Sabra at Sew a Straight Line said...

that is beyond beautiful. total heirloom. and the fact your mother made it makes it that much more so. love.

Char @ Crap I've Made said...

Thanks for indulging my bossy-ness. It's AMAZING. Like, SERIOUSLY amazing.

Millie said...

Such a beautiful dress, I cannot imagine how long it took your mother!

Jenny said...

It turned out amazing. I talked to mom so many times while she was working on it.

sheri said...

Absolutely stunning.

Jamie said...

That dress is amazingly beautiful, especially when you describe all of the sewing jargon that I don't know. Your mom is so talented!

g said...

What an amazing talented mother! It's so beautiful!

Maleen said...

That dress is amazing. I never had a chance to get bored with my girls' blessing dress, since we had no boys in between.

elizabeth said...

what a talent! The dress is beyond gorgeous.

Kim said...

I got tears in my eyes reading that your mother made that with all the intricate details with her arthritis. That makes an absolutely gorgeous dress exceptional.

Ruth Solter said...

Thank you all for you gracious comments. It was a labor of love. Mom

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