I have shared with you many stories of my sewing stash that had been archived until Amelia was born. When grandchildren are born, it does something to totally sane women. I was one of those women. When the sonogram showed we would be adding a lovely granddaughter to our family, my heart skipped many beats.
When I finally came to my senses, I thought of the 30-year-old stash of fine linens, lace, ribbons, and buttons that would finally be used to create outfits for her. I had actually hoarded all of this hoping that one day I would have a girl who loved all of that.
One of the new trends that is so popular is the pillowcase dress. “Perfect,” I thought, as I have countless pairs of embellished pillowcases waiting to be used. But before I cut up my collectibles, I decided to try my hand with regular fabric to see if it was as easy as I had thought. I had enough fabric for two so I decided I would get a Grandmother of the Year award if I made two and she could give one to her best friend, Olivia. I had friends in elementary school whose mothers made matching dresses for them, and I thought that was so wonderful.
I sewed those little dresses up and couldn’t wait to see my creations modeled by two 4-year-old girls. She told her, “Liv, my Gigi made these for us.” They proceeded to try them on. Photos were sent, and ta-da, I was so pleased.
A few weeks later, Amelia and I were in my sewing room selecting fabric for Amelia’s back to school dresses. As we were working our way through the stack of colorful fabrics, she turned to me and said, “No more dresses for Olivia, she didn’t like hers!” I was crushed. After further conversation and questions, I realized Olivia actually did like hers, but Amelia didn’t like having her Gigi sew for anyone else. Isn’t that ironic? I love calling her My Amelia, and in her heart I am her Gigi. So from now on her Gigi will be sewing for Amelia. Probably, the truth is, in years to come her BFF (Best Friend Forever) will probably get a dress or two but only when it is Amelia’s idea!
Best friends are the best. Share with me your best friend stories or stories of things you saved for your grandchildren.