She's transitioned to wearing shorts, jeans, and tshirts more often, but she still enjoys wearing dresses, too. And I enjoy sewing them for her.
Sometimes, though, it can be hard to land on a pattern that suits the older girl well.
Last year, my pattern of choice was the Mini Marthe. It looked great on Indigo, but was maybe a bit constricting in the shoulders for my active girl.
So I was happy when I remembered the Hide and Seek dress by Oliver + S.
The pattern is grown up, without being too grown up, in that sassy 'tween'/teen kind of way.
And that's how I would currently describe Indigo. She is so mature, but in such a sweet and wholesome way.
Indigo said, "You know, Mom, you made the right choice by buying them this year. You have a lot on your plate and Hazel still gets into things a lot. This was the way to go."
It was such a reasonable thing to say, so true, and also a sweet way to encourage me.
On another evening Indigo, Jude and I were watching videos in the 'Unusual Pets' section on Instagram. One popped up of the pocket pigs when Indigo said: "Don't get any ideas, Mom. They might look cute in the videos, but pocket pigs would require a lot of care. It would be too much work." Jude nodded in agreement.
For the record, I totally do not want to get a pocket pig! (Though they are pretty cute, right?!) I just thought it was funny that those two knew our limits.
I made this dress in a Kokka double gauze. It's reminiscent of the classic blue and white china, which I really liked.
It wasn't possible with this fabric to match the print in a mirrored way with the pattern pieces, like I typical do. But I felt the floral design was free flowing enough that it was okay that it wasn't perfectly matchy-matchy.
I used three simple wooden buttons for the back.
Given we were at this beautiful park and the entire family was together, Dan said he would snap a couple of shots of me with our kids. Honestly, I don't enjoy being in front of the camera at all - my preferred place is always behind it! But as my kids have grown, I've realized how important it is to get in the frame once in awhile.
Of course, this would be the one occasion in which Hazel absolutely refused to get in the photo. I mean, what do you do with that? Surely forcing them to do so would not result in the happy, cohesive moment I had hoped for.
So, yes, this is life with a sometimes stubborn toddler. I guess the best thing you can do is embrace it!