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Vintage White Sweater Dress - It Wasn't Thrown Away

When I first thought about something that hasn't been thrown away for more than twenty years, I could only think of one thing: my baby blanket. I've had it almost my whole life, but I don't currently have it in my house so I couldn't take a picture. 
I do have some dresses for Claire that my mom wore as a baby though. One in particular actually fits Claire right now. It's an adorable little white sweater dress. She's worn in to church a couple of times this winter. It is so cute and such a different style than what you can purchase or make right now.
My grandmother is not alive anymore so that I can ask her why she kept this dress, but I have a few ideas. My mom is the baby of the family, and they waited a couple of years for her to come. My grandparents moved across the Atlantic multiple times, so they never got to keep very much throughout their lives. My grandmother grew up in war torn Germany and so everything from her childhood was destroyed by bombs. She didn't have anything from her childhood to pass onto her kids. I'm guessing she held onto this very special dress for sentimental reasons, and to give my mom a chance to have something from her childhood that my grandmother never did. I love dressing Claire in something with so much history and love.
This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on "I Didn't Throw It Away".
We have become such a throw-away society, but there are some things in our households that we still keep. Why is that so? Perhaps this blog train can unlock the reasons behind it! Follow the daily posts on this blog train and read about the stories behind the things we have kept for many years and why we didn't throw them away.


  1. Love this little dress. So adorable. I have stuff that my mom saved that my grandma sewed for me to wear. That said my kids have worn dresses that I wore, because my mom saved everything. Or at least mostly stuff she made for us. Which I want to save some of my girls favorite things....but I know I will want to save everything. Which makes things hard! But the things the girls remember associated with the clothes are what is important.

  2. I can't bear to give away the clothes I've made for my children - I have visions of my grandchildren wearing them sometime long into the future like your beautiful daughter is. I think the main reason I'm keeping them is for the memories of when they were so little - they are growing so fast!

  3. It's beautiful! How wonderful she can wear it.

  4. She looks so big standing!! That's so sweet that she can wear it now.

  5. That's such a lovely story behind the dress! I would definitely want to keep something from my childhood and pass it onto my grandkids. Thank you for taking part!!!

  6. This is just the cutest little dress. What a lovely item to hand down through the generations.

  7. how beautiful is this that Claire can wear such a precious dress from her grandmom?!


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