Today I would like you to meet Eva Mae....... no, not the cute little 21 month old - the inspirational and original Eva Mae!
This is my maternal grandma, Eva Mae Keely Smith. I named Eva Mae after her because she was a wonderful grandma and we were so close!!! We were also blessed to have the names "Eva" and "Mae" on Nick's side so as our Eva Mae gets older we will have a rich heritage for her to learn and be proud to know about the women in her past!
My grandma always called me her "angel girl" and was one of my biggest cheerleaders as I grew up playing piano and all of my other endeavors! (Second of course to my wonderful parents!!!)
I always felt so much love from her and it was obvious to everyone who knew her that she was incredibly proud of her grandkids!!!
And she was also the first person to teach me to sew! I grew up with handmade Barbie Doll clothes and we have several childhood pictures where our outfits are hand made and coordinated by Grandma! I didn't sew outside of our occasional sewing lessons until I had Christian. Her little "angel boy!" She was so proud to see the creations that I started sewing for my little man!
I wish that she could have lived to meet her namesake and see how far I've come in learning how to sew and what a big part of my life this craft has become! Our family was devastated to find out that she had leukemia and just a few months to live. She was an overcomer and so inspirational to many people. I put this video together the night my mom called me to tell me that she had succumbed to the cancer.
When Grammie passed away, my mom had me pick some of her clothes to keep along with other family heirlooms. I have three plaid blazer/shirts and I knew exactly what I wanted to do when the plaid week was announced! I would pay tribute to the woman who taught me to sew by creating a look for her namesake out of her clothes. *insert tears here*
I also knew that I didn't want to make a dress completely out of the plaid so the Junebug pattern by Craftiness is not Optional was a perfect starting point!
The main corduroy is a light green fabric from Chez Ami and I love the high quality feel and how easy it is to work with! I also lined the inside of the bodice with the plaid fabric from my grandma's shirt.
I re-purposed the buttons on the shirt to be used on the front flap of the dress!
Even though Eva Mae won't be able to wear this dress for long since our little ones grow too fast, I'll always have these pictures and I can also pass the dress to my brother for his little girl! We were blessed that Grandma was healthy enough during her battle with cancer to attend my brother's wedding! I know she would also be so proud to know my adorable niece, Baby Grace!
Thank you for letting me get personal in this blog post and share my love for my grandma in this sewing challenge! I'll leave you with a fun little outtake from our photoshoot......
Mad for plaid??? No, just mad!