As you may recall, when i was developing my line of sewing patterns for girls I used some of my dear friends little ones as my fit models. I made them all a little something as a small thank you, and as my friend Mel was learning to sew I gave her the patterns too incase she’d like to try them.
Well, that dear friend has probably sewn more Mini Tania culottes than I have, it’s been a joy to see the pattern so well loved. It makes me so happy every time I’ve bumped into her at school and seen her youngest in a pair of culottes that she made with her own hands.
Isn’t making things just the best?!
I’m a huge advocate of hand-me-downs and this lovely friend often passes on pieces her girls have grown out of for Birdie – we have similar taste, and I totally love it! Well the last time she sent a little bag home with me I found a gorgeous pair of linen Mini Tania culottes that she had made, as well as the gold heart Mini Briar I had made for her daughter. I swear to you, I damn near cried, it was one of the most beautiful hand-me-down moments ever.
Such a huge heart swell to see both of our handmade items, side by side, well loved and well worn and ready to be used by another little darling, my Birdie.
I often hoard the things I have made my kids, as if somehow because I made them it would be a crime to let go of them. But this whole experience has reminded me that we make things to enjoy them, to share them and to wear them. They shouldn’t be packed up. They should be passed on to be loved and used again and again and again.