Sunday 23rd September

Putting away clothes in my daughter’s wardrobe I came across her Christening gown. It made me think about the importance of family.

My Mum made my daughter’s dress. It’s made from material left over from my sister’s wedding dress and is lined with material from my own wedding dress.

I remember when we bought the material. Mum had an Indian friend she worked with who took us to Southall market. What a wonderful, vibrant place that was. We were able to buy the material for my sister’s dress and a beautiful red velvet material for my Bridesmaid’s dress. I loved that dress. It was based on a renaissance style, tightly fitted bodice and large sleeves.

There was some red velvet left and with it Mum made my son a lovely waistcoat for the christening.

My daughter’s dress and son’s waistcoat are now kept safe to be handed down within the family.

One day I may be attending my own grandchild’s christening and out will come the dress and waistcoat and we’ll reminisce about the first christening, how the material was bought and how my Mum put her heart and soul into making that dress.