Hello Summer and the longest day of the year ~ 14 hours and 34 minutes according to the Weather Channel! We are thankful for a bit of rain that fell yesterday, and for cooler temperatures that blew in with the winds, so our spirits are running high today.
The sunflowers are just beginning to bloom... just in time to welcome in the Summer Solstice. I had never grown sunflowers before, so I am especially excited about these big gorgeous beauties. There are other varieties starting to bloom as well, but this one is my favorite so far. The bees are loving them too.
Now, as many of you know, summer just wouldn't be summer without visits from the grands. Our youngest granddaughter spent some time with us this week much to everyone's delight ~ hers and ours. While here she discovered this old dress of mine ~ the one my mom made for me to wear on my first day of school when I was almost six. Our little sweetie here is already eight years old, but the dress still fits her fine. I doubt that I would have been able to wear it when I was eight.
She loved the dress and asked if she could have it. I have no doubt that she would have worn it to rags before she outgrew it. I told her I just couldn't part with it, but later wondered why I would keep it when she could enjoy it so much. I know my mom would say, "Let her wear it."
But the thing of it is, that over the years, this little dress has become my reference for sewing techniques. I study it as though it were a step-by-step sewing manual. It was my go-to when I was learning to make ruffles using a narrow hem attachment, for Mom surely did make beautiful ruffles.
And, when I want to make a hand-sewn buttonhole, I wouldn't think of sewing a stitch without having her examples before me.
Also had it not been for Mom's work, I doubt I would have ever figured out the continuous lap placket without a seam, which I now make in almost all the doll's dresses.
And, what about the perfectly gathered skirt, which was made, not by pulling up long stitches, but with that fancy little gadget that used to come with all machines, the gathering attachment. One of my favorite of all posts I have written here was about this attachment, the one Mom undoubtedly used for making this little dress.
And, finally, here I am with cousin Joy on our first day of school way back when, wearing this old dress that still looks almost new. I loved that dress then and I still do today. And, I remember thinking that Joy's was such a pretty dress too. It was a beautiful deep red, I remember. My grandmother made her dress. I wonder if Joy still has it...
2014 Longest Day of the Year