I have made Thing 2’s Halloween costumes every year since she was 4 years old. (Well, every year except for the one when only a store bought costume would do – this was squashed pretty quickly when someone else came to Kindergarten in the same outfit) We’ve done mermaids (there was a LONG running mermaid phase) pirate princess and the year she wanted to be a dead cheerleader. (where did she get this idea?) I originally opted for buying a pre-made cheerleader costume and customizing it for that “been dead a long time look”. But no – store bought costumes are too sexy – she didn’t want her stomach showing and she didn’t want short sleeves. Gotta love the modest and chaste sensibility in my daughter! The costume was a work of art and it KILLED me to “destroy” it.
The subject of her 5th grade graduation recently came up. She was told that she was required to wear a dress. Something she wasn’t very excited about.
She recently confessed she doesn’t like to wear dresses because “she doesn’t have curves yet”. SUCH a window of insight! I was so glad that she let me in on this inner most feeling about her self image. It gave me a chance to talk to her about how women are beautiful in all shapes and sizes – that you work with what you have – what looks good on one woman may not look good on another. It’s also troubling too – because she doesn’t have an ounce of body fat, is in tremendous shape and is just a cutie patootie. But I understand. I get it.
Thing 2 and I attended the FIDM 2011 Debut show in March. At the entrance FIDM featured one ensemble from each decade from famous designers. Can you guess the years below?
I had showed her how the A-line dress from the 60’s was such a great look.
You never know how your word will affect someone! It always amazes me. Some words stick.
When Thing 2 and I were discussing the Graduation dress code, I presented the idea to make her a dress. (YEAH! PROJECT!!!) Thing 2 agreed and I reminded her of the style of dress we had seen at the FIDM show. I explained how someone with her figure (no boobs and all) could really “rock” the A-Line style dress where more curvy figures could not. She was won over and I quickly scoured the internet for a girls dress in A-line form. There aren’t as many patterns for girls as there are children or women. Understandable. But I found three patterns that would work and I showed her the patterns and the options within those patterns. She doesn’t want the sleeves too long – she doesn’t want to look like a “hippy”. (the dress had bell shaped sleeves – good call) We also discussed a gorgeous top we saw at the FIDM Debut show by designer Kristine Flanigan – an off the shoulder white top with the neck edge faced in a shiny black leather like material. Inspiration?
I wonder if Nick will like it!