Or at least I thought it was just as nice, if not nicer, than Chanel.
It was the 60’s. I thought I had an incredibly chic wardrobe for my Barbie. Heck, I still think this is an incredibly chic ensemble. Can’t you just picture it on Jackie O?
A little back story about my grandparents on my mother’s side; my grandmother was 42 years old when my mother was born. Yikes! Right? I believe my grandparents considered her quite the surprise. Anyway, by the time I came along my grandmother was already 66, and she passed away while I was still in school. We lived in Chicago when I was younger, my grandparents were in Minneapolis. All of these factors meant that I didn’t really know her that well.
But I do know that she was very handy with a needle, whether it was knitting, crochet or needlepoint.
In addition to my fantastic Barbie outfits, she made this darling crocheted dress for my mom when Mom was little.
Look at this picture of my mom, doesn’t she look like she is about to get into some mischief?
My mom was born in 1940, so these photos had to be taken right around WWII. I know that my mom remembers rationing from those days. I’m sure that the easiest way to come up with a special dress for my mom was to make one from nothing more than a ball of yarn.
These pictures were probably taken a little earlier, when my mom was just a toddler. Can you see her peeking out of the window behind my grandparents? And on the right is my mom with her older sister, Marilyn.
I’m afraid that grandma’s skill with a needle was not passed down to me. I did a little cross-stitch back in the day, but I never learned to knit or crochet. I’ll hang on to these mementos as they remind me of a much simpler time when Barbie’s wore home made Chanel and people made do with what they had.