And sometimes they would need a little work around the neckline where they had began to fray and mum replaced all the buttons and ribbons. Stains were soaked away and they were slowly restored to their former splendour.
So my Auntie used them for her girls and then they were loving stored away until the next generation. When I found out that I was having Chloe, these were among some keepsakes that were passed onto me.
The wonderful thing is, I can remember Mum finding these and restoring them, transforming them from items unwanted into treasured heirlooms. I look forward to a time in the future that I can pass these onto Chloe for her children and tell her the story behind them.