This little green dress has been passed down and worn by most of the daughters and grand daughters and great grand daughters on my Mother's side of the family. Part of the tradition is to add something to make it unique. My Mom said that when I wore "the dress," she wove ribbons of bright colors through the holes. When Grace wore it, I strung a pink ribbon in those same well worn loops.
Today was Allie's day to wear "the dress." Such a special day to pass this tradition on to another wonderful daughter. She's 6 months old.
In order to make it suit our Allie, I carefully pulled my Great Grandmother's pearls through the loops. On her wrist is a small string of pearls, a gift from my parents. On her head is the lace bow that she wore on the day of her baptism, and in the center of the flower is one pearl. Pearls seemed like an elegant theme for our smiley girl. From the moment I dressed her, it was as if she knew she was wearing something special.