Dia de los Muertos

I'm so glad to be participating in Melissa's Dia de los Muertos tour again this year!

I didn't really get to grow up around family. My mother's family lived on another continent and we moved around a lot while I was growing up. I love learning about my heritage and I really clung to my grandmother, Ellen, and the fact that she was a seamstress. I know a good part of the reason I started sewing was because of my height, but my desire to sew really stemmed from wanting to connect with my Grandmother and my mothers family. 

This is a picture of my Grandmother with her four youngest kids (she had 9 altogether). My grandmother has her hands on my mothers shoulders and they're wearing dresses she made.
My grandmother, whom we called GrandEllen, passed away in 2002. I was able to go out and see her a couple months before she passed. I didn't get much of a chance to really get to know her, but this is my way of being able to honor her and connect to her.

Because my grandmother made a lot of dresses, I chose to make one for this tour. She was amazing at knitting, but I'm not nearly as gifted with that.
I made Violette Field Threads Matilda Dress. Can you believe I've never made a peasant dress before this? 

Now onto the rest of the tour. Make sure to go visit everyone else! There are many fun tutorials and crafts being shared. Also, make sure to enter the giveaway! If you haven't seen "Book of Life" it's an amazing movie. It's one of my kids most favorites and we have it memorized....just a little.....

Monday October 26 - Rebel & Malice - From a Box - Sews n Bows
Wednesday October 28 - Paisley Roots - AmandaRose - Phat Quarters
Friday October 30 - Whisk 'Em - Wild & Wanderful - Golden Rippy
Saturday October 31 - Just Add Fabric - Filles a Maman 
Sunday November 1 - House of Estrela
Monday November 2 - Rebel & Malice

Due to the nature of the giveaway, the book and DVD will only be available to residents of the United States and Canada. There will be a separate giveaway for any digital items such as PDF patterns or gift cards.  


  1. What a beautiful dress and reason behind sewing. Thank you for sharing why you sew and how this holiday moved you.

  2. Such a pretty dress <3 I loved your post from last year, and I think it's so lovely that you remember your grandmother and honor her through your sewing.


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