How it all began…

“She could 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 sewing. 

That was 2005. 

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. 

Each costume 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. 

Picking up 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!

Thanks for stopping by,

Blessings,

Denise