Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Looking to the Past

Today in History, we learned about Ferdinand and Isabella. This is Little Bit's first year to fully participate in our history lessons and she is LOVING making her timeline pieces each day.

Some of our timeline pieces from the first year...
While she was coloring Ferdinand and Isabella I reminded her to make a dress on Isabella.

LB: Why?
Me: Because she would have worn a dress.
Sweetheart: How do you know?
Me: Because women always wore dresses until about the 1960s when Aunt T was born (just to give them reference).
Sweetheart: Why did they start wearing be like men?
Me: Well, yes.
Sweetheart: That's silly.

I quite agree!

I tell you, S and I have been talking about the girls' fall/winter wardrobe. Sweetheart is going to practically need a new wardrobe and I was so impressed with all the goodness Giovanna found at the thrift store for her daughter. I really have to start visiting the thrift stores more often. My friends who do tell me you have to go often and you will score big. S really wants to limit the jeans and denim that we purchase for all of us (me and the girls). He much prefers khakis or nice pants and of course, more skirts. In the winter, jeans and a long-sleeved shirt every day can get really old. And not lovely either.

In addition to that, I am really inspired by the New Dress a Day blog. Did you see this on Yahoo? I am so totally impressed! Sometimes I look at her "before" picture and think there is NO WAY she will be able to make anything fashionable out of it and she always succeeds. Our modesty standards are not quite the same, but then neither are our sewing skills!

Still, she got me to thinking about how perhaps I could cut off fabric from women's dresses that were hopeless otherwise and make easy skirts for the girls. Hmmm....

I plan to start in September working on their new wardrobes--and hopefully mine! Anyone else got some inspiration for me?


  1. That sweetheart is a smart one! ; ) I love the links you gave and have been working on a more modest and feminine wardrobe for myself lately. Wishing I could sew, that would help.
    I like the idea you had for re-purposing the thrift store dresses for little girl skirts. You could also try thrift store pillow cases for dresses.
    Now if only it was that easy to make little boy clothes. = )

  2. Yep. Cato, Brenda. Cato. Love it. :D

  3. Ooh, I love me some thrift store bargains! I shop almost exclusively there for my kids, because why spend a bunch of money on things they are going to a) outgrow and b) rub dirt all over?

    Plus, I find some GREAT deals on name-brand clothes I would never buy new - Once I found a tiny pink Calvin Klein cardigan for my daughter. Calvin Klein! For a two year old!

    It's very hard to find stuff for my son, since the first boy generally did his share of dirt-rubbing. But if you go often, you can score some great finds. It helps to be willing to shop for the future, especially jeans and pants because those are hard to find.

  4. LOVE those time line characters. Precious!

    In the next few months I'm going to set up a dare or challenge at the Home School Lounge along these lines - buy something hideous at goodwill, make it fabulous. "Pimp My Dress" or some such. :)


I don't get to talk to a lot of actual grown-ups during the day, so your comments make me really happy! :)