How it all
really use your help!” my husband said after visiting with one of the older grandmas
from our new church. She had been a
seamstress for many years, sewing Dutch costumes for the famous Tulip Time
festival in Holland, Michigan, but her little sewing venture had grown into
more than she could handle.
“She wants you to sew the boys’ costumes for
her,” my husband reported to me. Not
sure what this meant, I went over to
meet her. I left her home with a stack of fabric,
several patterns, a head spinning, and a voice saying “what have you just begun?” But my
new friend was excited to have someone come on board and share in the
She has now retired. I have
picked up not only the boys’ costumes, but also the girls, and now the dolls’ costumes as well.
The patterns have been adjusted, redrawn, simplified, and some of the pieces
combined to make the costumes easier for the children to wear.
comes with its own short bit of history about the region in the Netherlands that
it represents. Each costume also comes
with “how to wear it” instructions. The
costumes are constructed from thoughtfully selected fabrics that are washable,
wearable, and comfortable. The boys’
pants have elastic waists, and the girls’ aprons tie in the back. They fit a variety of sizes and body
types. They’ve all been tested and worn
by my own children, by my nieces and nephews, and now my own grandchildren.
the baton from my grandma friend, I am sewing Dutch costumes for the next
generation of precious children who dress up for festivals, parades, musicals, plays,
school projects, and International programs. When you see them in their own costume, you
won’t be able to stop taking their picture!