Do you remember your Easter dresses when you were little? I remember how I looked forward to a new dress every spring. I grew up in the era of no white shoes until after Easter, no black shoes until after Labor Day. The 2 new dresses every year were enough, one for Easter, one for Christmas. One pair of white shoes that if you were lucky were sandals, one pair of black shoes for the winter. Well, my "pink Saturday" post is one of my Easter dresses. Like most of my dresses, it was made from a dress that had a lot of fabric that my Mom "repurposed" in to my dress. My Mom could take a sack and make it look good! The entire dress is made from other dresses that were torn apart and used in different ways. Half of the good feeling these memories bring is how I was "sold" on the idea of having a dress made out of other dresses. When my girls were young they would have DIED before having a dress made out of someone elses dress. I thought it was a privelege, and Mom and Grandma would build this up in my mind, and I felt like a princess. It is one of my favorite memories, and I was so proud of this dress. Probably as much as anything, because it WASN'T a hand-me-down from my cousin!
The doll that is wearing this dress is one that Grandma Alley "saved" from the garbage. She would bring dolls home and fix their eyes, arms, or whatever and give them away. This, I believe, is a "walking doll" from the 60's. If you stand her up and hang on to her hand, she will make steps like walking, for a little ways. Grandma was going to get rid of her and I told her I wanted her. Her hair was really messy, where some youngster had really worked it over. I sat one evening with the doll on my lap and curled her hair with perm rods and sprayed it with a water mister. I left it for about 2 weeks and when I took it out, it was in perfect little tight curls that have stayed for the past 15 years.
I love this doll, partly because she scares the peet out of people when they walk in the room, she's so big and real looking. More than one guest have sworn that her eyes follow them when they walk around the room! She fits my dress very well though, don't you think?
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