Smock dress

I used to think that it was a sign of maternal love to make clothes for your child.  Like, wrapping your baby with love.

I don’t think that anymore.  For the past year, Miss M has rejected most of my creations because I can never seem to get anything right for her taste.  And the silliest thing about it?  Is that I am still making clothes for her, knowing the chances of rejection are pretty good.  Why?  Why stay up late at night sewing for an ungrateful child?  Don’t I have work to do?  Or at least watch some more Garden Girl episodes for my much-needed relaxation time?

Well, I now have no choice but to admit it — because I like it.  I love sewing little clothes for little people, using pretty fabrics I can never wear myself.  There is so much satisfaction in it that I (well, almost) don’t care that my daughter wears it or not.  It turns out I am just a selfish sewer.

And that is probably why Miss M doesn’t like my creations – because I am too selfish to choose fabrics she would like, as opposed to what I like.  Sigh.  I just can’t bring myself to sew with pink and purple…. Or maybe I’m hoping against hope that one day soon she’ll grow out of her pink phase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So here is my latest selfish creation.  It is not pink or purple, but green, blue and white.  It’s a simple smock-style dress with elastic gathers around the neck and sleeves.  I put a patch pocket with a little green button.  The pattern is from one of my all-time favorite Japanese craft books:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The title translates to something like: Proper Clothes Even for Children.  The author, Yuji Ogata, is a designer at a New York children’s clothing store called Makie.  I just love all his designs because they are clean, simple (though not always easy to make), classic, and beautiful.  This book has patterns for 3- to 8-year olds.  He has another book for babies and younger children, and I’ve made quite a few things from that book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used a double gauze fabric by Heather Ross.  I love how comfortable and breezy the dress is – perfect for hot Australian summer.  I actually had made this dress before using a different Heather Ross fabric (also not pink).  Here’s Miss M wearing that dress a year ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To my surprise and joy, Miss M actually agreed to wear the new dress for the day.  She complained about having only one pocket (I promised to put on another one later), and said it was too long (she is right) but still decided to wear it, putting aside her usual preference for everything pink.

It was a sign of love, I think.  Not a sign of maternal love, but of my daughter’s love for me, or pity at least, for her recognition of my efforts.  Aw… it made my heart melt for a while.  But Miss M being the rebel she is, she made it clear that her love for mommy didn’t extend to letting me follow her around with a camera.  This is the last photo I managed, while she’s saying “I don’t want you taking photos of me!”

Oh well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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