My Mother’s Dresses

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I thought I was going to tell the story of how my mom had her own personal seamstress that lived in her family’s house when she was a teenager growing up in Japan. But it turns out these dresses are not those dresses. These are Dynasty dresses made in the Hong Kong (the British Crown Colony says the tag)  that her mom (my grandmother) bought her from the Navy Base Exchange. It’s not as good of a story but they are still very interesting dresses. Mostly because they are from 1968!BugIngles-7

I remember when I was a teenager, I tried to wear these dresses too but they didn’t suit my late eighties taste so I never actually wore them. I was more into guess jeans and Esprit t-shirts, scrunchie socks and those mix-and-match knit sets. I shudder at the memories.

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It brings me joy to see Bug wearing them. They look so pretty on her and she actually likes them too. When my mom gave these dresses to me to clean up and sell on eBay, they were a wrinkled mess. They have so much tailoring on them I was dreading the ironing job so I took them to the dry cleaner instead, which was the best decision ever! They came back so perfectly pressed, I found myself marvelling at how finely made they were. I decided I don’t want to sell these pretty dresses. I want to keep them! I don’t know if Bug will ever get a chance to wear them outside of our front yard photoshoot but I can daydream. Wouldn’t they be perfect for a garden party or a spring wedding?

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For now we just have fun taking photos. I will tuck the dresses away safely in my closet and maybe someday we can take them out. Or maybe we’ll keep them around for the next generation if the world doesn’t end.

Isn’t it crazy that we have thoughts like that now? I think this pandemic-apocalypse-paranoia is getting to me. I’m pretty optimistic for the most part but I would be lying if I didn’t admit to taking a long hard pause when I start to think about making plans for the future.

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For now, I’m just enjoying the beauty of today. I want to bottle Bug up with her silly red hair and keep her at this age forever. Sigh…

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You’d never know she’s usually a gamer chick with a headset on, hunched over a computer playing Minecraft all day while she talks to her guy friends on discord. I really hope they have careers in gaming in her future because that’s what she seems to excel at.BugIngles-1

But for now, I’ll pretend we are back in time and she’s actually reading a Jane Austin novel. It’s a nice daydream.

4 Comments My Mother’s Dresses

  1. Susan

    Love those dresses on her ! And yes gaming is a sport in college and a major. Check out the University of Utah.

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  2. Anna

    Those dresses are gorgeous!!! Gaming is awesome, women in STEM is a huge deal and will be needed going forward so much more than now!

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  3. Gingermog

    Hi I just love these dresses and Bug looks like an ethereal fairy maiden wearing them in your garden (excuse the flowery language I’ve been re visiting the Anne of Green Gables books and TV series during lock down ;) So glad your mother kept them, I would imagine the material is excellent as well as the cut.

    Perhaps Bug will be a game designer, I worked in games for a short while, it was fun inventing the world and coming up with games with the developers. Although I prefer the real world , much much more all the smells and sounds like freshly cut wood and the winds in the trees.

    I agree its hard to plan the future right now, because we just don’t know what the landscape will be when we emerge. So we all we can do is keep safe and well in our homes.

    Sending love,
    xx

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  4. Gingermog

    Just visiting to say hello, not that I’m expecting an update. World news made me sad. Gah my mistake to log onto the Guardian newspaper this morning, so I’m looking through your beautiful photos and dreaming of the day we can share a latte (me a oat milk). You really are doing us a service putting so much joy into the world, even in a world pandemic (!). sending love. xx

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