My late father was an engineer but he also loved photography. All of these pictures were taken by him in the sixties, he and my mother were married in 1962. My mother made all the clothes herself using hand-cranked sewing machine. Later my late father bought her the white Janome, who had pretty advanced technology at that time.
I guess this is a must-have pose in the sixties. I love how simple the dress is, a fitted bodice with full skirt and zipper at the back. My mother said that they only had metal zipper at that time, so the zipper would get rusty after some time and needed to be replaced.
These are pictures of my mother in her parent’s house. The pants look very comfortable! Picture on the right shows her in traditional Javanese outfit. The top is called ‘kebaya’ and the bottom part is batik cloth worn with pleats on the front, as how traditional Javanese women wear their batik.
The dress on the left is my favorite! I love the wide neckline with collar. The pleats on the skirt are not full around but only on several points on each side.
I also love this check dress. And look at the scallops on the front of her maternity dress! The last picture is my mother and my eldest sister in 1964.
When I was a child, I used to see these as pictures of my mother and didn’t pay too much attention to the details. It is refreshing to see them now with ‘new’ eyes. Every details and patterns now stand out and I found myself wishing that all of these clothes still existed or at least can be recreated.