14 September 2011

Great-grandmother Anne's Handiwork

If you'd like to check out Aviva's Small Style outfit, it's tomorrows post!

A month after Aviva was born, my mother-in-law went up into the attic and pulled down all of her children's amazing clothing. It was a vintage motherload. This outfit is pieced together from a couple different outfits and I love it dearly. It was made by her great-grandmother, Anne. She hasn't met Aviva yet (she lives back east), but we hope that seeing her first great-grandchild in clothes made by her hand will touch her.

When I found this jumper, I thought it was so charming. It has straps with ribbon trim that criss-cross in the back. The lace shirt is another favorite of mine. Unfortunately, she'll only fit in it a little bit longer. Retiring clothes you love is rough!

Using some soft lace I had and the vintage rose elastic lace I thrifted two weeks ago, I made Aviva a baby french hood. Yes, a little silly looking, but sooo cute! If you don't know what a french hood is, google that or think of Queen Anne Boleyn (if you've watched or read The Other Boleyn Girl). I think they are such a neat accessory!

 Haha, ignore my husband in his running pants and flip flops! It's amazing how big our hands are compared to our babies. It always strikes me whenever she puts her palm up to mine. So sweet. <3

In case you are wondering what that black and white garment my husband is wearing is, it's called a "tallit" or "tallis". It is a four-cornered, Jewish garment with tassels called "tzittzit" or "tzittzis" on each corner. If you read the Torah or Old Testament, you may recognize them from Numbers 15:37-38.

37 And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying:
38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them throughout their generations fringes in the corners of their garments, and that they put with the fringe of each corner a thread of blue.
39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye go not about after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go astray...

People often ask so I thought I'd throw out a reply!



  1. sweet, sweet, sweet! Love that little jumper on her!

  2. so gorgeous, I wish my Mum had kept more of our baby stuff and especially her own baby stuff. The nice thing about retiring vintage clothes is one day Aviva can use them for her own children

  3. I also wish that my mom (or Erick's mom) had kept some of our baby stuff! The only thing that I have to pass down, is a baby blanket that my grandma bought for my dad when he was a baby. I wish that the blanket was hand made, not that it would matter to Ryan much. It just means more knowing that it was made with love. <3

    Aviva looks so cute in that dress! I want to hug her!!

  4. How precious that little outfit must be! I think it is wonderful that it was kept safely for so long and now your sweet little girl gets to wear it. She looks beautiful!

  5. Oh so so sweet! I love her french hair piece as well :) I just started watching The Tudors series, so I am learning about Anne Boleyn!

  6. That is darling!! Found you on Hart and Sew and I'm just stunned by the cuteness of your little one in that outfit!! What a beauty! :-)

  7. lucky you to get such cute vintage clothes! and how special that you know who made them and wore them before sweet Aviva!


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