Thursday, April 12, 2007
My Sister, The Fashion Plate
August 1983. My 11 year old sister, Jenni, and her friend, Sarah, flew from New Jersey to my house in Florida for a summer visit.
The week of their visit was the Annual "Make-It-Model-It" Fashion Show at Church. Now the "Model-It" portion of this title was and exciting proposition for these girls. Yet, the "Make-It" portion was a little more complicated.
By no means am I an expert seamstress, I can hold my own on straight lines and mending, but constructing items of clothing does not flow naturally from my body, yet I wanted to make sure Jenni and Laura had the best summer vacation experience possible, so I went to work.
A few other complications included, I had a 2 year old son, a 5 month old son who was still nursing every 2 hours (round the clock), a husband who was never home as he was studying to take his Florida State General Contractors Test, I was the RS President, and 'semi' in charge of the Fashion Show event.
I explained to Jenni and Sarah that I could make their matching dresses if they would play with the babies as I sewed. They wanted the dresses and the modeling debut badly, so agreeing to help was not an issue. After two days of cutting, measuring, sewing, and, I am sure re-stitching, the result was two happy aspiring models in their ultra 80's dresses. I am not sure the dresses are as cute as the stockings with open-toed shoes, but at least this was "pre-pink hair" days for one of them....
With the presence and confidence of a Paris debut, Jenni heads down the runway as Sarah looks on.
Viewing photos from the past brings back a flood of memories. The little house in Greenacres that we paid $48,000.00 for and the little blue Honda Accord that is still on the road and making a colllege student happy.
So much I could post about from one photo.