Indigo is growing up! She will be 10 in April but is so tall many people ask if she and Jude (who is 12) are twins! As she grows, she is choosing to wear jeans, shorts, and tshirts more often.
This is fine, of course, except that I don't have any desire to sew jeans or shorts with zippers. I don't mind sewing tshirts, with the caveat being that I prefer to do so when I can't find store-bought alternatives that I like. This is mostly an issue with little girls' shirts, where there seems to be an assumption that all little girls love purple, pink and/or bling.
For boys and older girls, there are more options in neutrals and stripes, which my kids and I love best!
Indigo still enjoys wearing dresses, though. Since I don't sew for her too often anymore, I decided to go all out with this Nani Iro Five Senses Metallic double gauze. (I bought it from Harts Fabric but I think it's sold out.) Also this dress - the Hide and Seek dress - doesn't require as much fabric as you might expect because there isn't a lot of gathering.
It is truly spectacular fabric! I am such a fan of double gauze in general and this double gauze is extra special!
I wasn't sure what to expect when it came to watching my kids grow up. I've noticed online that people often express so much sadness about their babies and toddler growing. When my kids were little, I used to find those statements a bit unnerving, like - is this as good as it gets? I adore babies but that stage in parenting was also so tiring, demanding and all-consuming. It's beautiful and precious, but also so hard.
But I have to say, I have really enjoyed every age we've experienced so far. I feel like each stage brings with it its own unique sweetness. It has been my greatest joy and privilege watching them grow.
They are so funny and clever with their own individual talents that differ from my own. They make me laugh every single day, like really laugh. They are thoughtful and insightful. It's so incredible to witness, to be able to walk beside them on their journey through childhood.
It also brings me so much fulfillment to take photos of my children, trying as best as I can to capture the little (and not so little) people that they are. Indigo is so natural in front of the camera and is always so willing to be photographed. It was actually Indigo's idea to hold the grass like this. It's so much fun to follow her lead.
Indigo is creative and witty, assertive and kind, and so very free in being exactly herself.
I think her name - and this dress - suit her perfectly. My free spirited girl!