Both of Smudge's Great-Grandmothers smocked. The little while dress was made by AC's mom and the orange dress was made by my mom for Thesha, their first grand-daughter.
Smudge was here for a sleepover the other night, so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to get a few pictures of her in the dresses that her mom wore. She sat still for the first two pictures and then it was a free-for-all.
What an IMP! She would NOT sit still and pose for us.
History of the dresses.
In the picture below we see Smudge's mother, Thesha, in the dress her maternal Grandma made for her. Can you see Smudge in her mommy? I sure can, but Thesha would sit still and pose not like her impy daughter.
Here is Thesha again, this time in a little red and white smocked dress that my mom made.
AC took these pictures and developed them himself and in homemade darkroom.
A few years later daughter number 2, Althegal, wore the same dress for a family portrait. Yes, that is my natural haircolour!!! It changed drastically a few years later when D2 set off on her back-packing trip in England and Australia - ALL BY HERSELF! Yikes! When she got on the plane to go to who-knows-where, and I had no way of contacting her until she touched base with me from an internet cafe to let me know she was alive and well, I could feel the gray hairs growing! I made an emergency call to my hairdresser and asked her to order in some haircolour in bulk. I have been blond ever since.
The white dress below is one that AC's mom made for Thesha.
A close-up of the intricate design. Beautiful work huh?
My mom's smocking was totally different from AC's mom's, but each had their own beauty and detail.
Treasures, each one!