Thursday, August 23, 2012

stack of sad


We recently purged the closet in Thing 1 and 2's room. All these handmade clothes that they can't fit into anymore will be going in the attic, because I just can't bring myself to put them in the giveaway pile. Feels a bit selfish. But. Maybe one day my kids will dress their kids up in my handmade clothes. Kind of a long shot though.

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  1. I find myself in the same situation, but at the same time refusing to dress my boys in my husband's favourite jumper, which his mum carefully saved since childhood but I find hideous!

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  2. Down the road about 20-30 years you could show them off as "vintage" on your blog. That's what I've been doing recently with some of my too-hard-to-part-with hand-sewn garments! :)

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  3. Well, there is always a quilt in there somewhere too. A keepsake of their childhood, prompting memories of the loving mother who sewed for them.

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  4. I'm sure it's a bit difficult but maybe you can give those clothes another life! I have 3years old boy triplets and for the first 2 years you can't imagine how many piece of clothes i had, mostly was able to sell it but now the boys keep their clothes longer and when they are to tight... they also have spots... or cuts! so i reused them. If you check my blog you'll see coloring tote for kids made with my father's jeans and my kid pocket or some pouch made with their clothes! Beautiful fabric to reuse... my mothers kept some of my clothes..but had only boys... so...
    well have a nice day and take it good way you'll have a good reason to make news clothes!

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  5. Audrey! Oh, I mean, um, keepsake quilt!

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  6. Thanks for the sympathy everyone! But, gah! No, I couldn't dream of cutting them up to make a quilt. At least for now.

    Grandma G, I like your idea. :-) And Jackie, yes, this is exactly what will happen. My kids will no doubt be horrified to put these on their own kids. Or, like no one will wear cotton in the future, it will all be silver lame with solar panels. LOL.

    Robyn, thanks for the stab of guilt. Right on my tender spot. It does seem a shame not to share, though. Would she wear any of these, do you think?

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  7. If it's any encouragement, our children ARE dressing our grandchildren in some of the clothing I made for them. Also, I have a small box saved of one or two special items, a picture of the kiddos in the outfit and a card/pamphlet of the things that were happening the year they were born - all to put into a shadowbox to mount on the wall. Just some thoughts :-)

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  8. I felt the same as you.. but by the time they come along all was back in style.. I say save them you will be surprised.. of they can where them at grandmas house... :D some my grandies use for dress up play time too.. so they are still in use.. or I also took some and made each of the grandies a blanket from them and they had mommas clothes on them still.. I gave them as wedding gifts.. they never die.... you put lots of love in them..

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  9. My Mom kept a few items for each of us (3 kids) and I'm glad she did. Even if I never have a child, I'm glad to have the dress I wore when I was a baby. There's something unbearably sweet about it.

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  10. Save them and be joyful about it! I still have the Raggedy Ann doll my grandma made and I thanked her when she was 100 years old for making me floral flannel and lace dresses for jammies when I was little. Precious memories for us both! My two grown and gone children begged me to save handmade clothes, toys and painted furniture for their own children. Even my son, who is far from marrying asked me to put his childhood dresser painted with animals in the attic for him when I redecorated the boy's room this summer. So I do believe it's not selfish, but another way that your gifts to your children will last longer in their memories and perhaps the following generations.
    When I find something handstitched in a second hand store I always take the time to appreciate the love that went into every detail. As embroidery and home sewing is not as prevalent as it used to be these handmade items are all the more precious and special. One day you'll be in the attic with your grown children and see their eyes light up as they open the box and their happy childhood floods back!!

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  11. Wow, y'all are so sweet. Thanks for the great thoughts. You are right. I sure wish I had some of my baby or kid clothes. Those things mean a lot when you are all grown.

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  12. My husband's family had four kids. They didn't save much, but there is a little winter bonnet with strings stapled on that I love because I know how busy my MIL must have been. I didn't get to meet her, but her touch is on the few pieces we have.

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  13. Keep hoping! My granddaughter Sydney starts kindergarten Monday. She will be wearing the handmade blue dress I made for her mother's first day of kindergarten! My grandson Tyler wore the pale blue suit his dad wore to church when he was four! It happens!

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  14. This is partly why I don't sew for my Thing! She grows out of it too fast, and it is so much work to make them. And I still love the fabric and can't stand to see it go to waste!

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  15. Ha, no guilt necessary, I was kidding. :)

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  16. Robyn, I know you were, but I am serious. I wonder what the postage to Rio would be?

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