Sunday Dress

Haley is currently 5.  She tells me “Mom, you’re as beautiful as a princess.” That’s pretty special, if you ask me!  This precious little girl looks up to me and I am so quick to focus on my flaws and inadequacies.  I’m really hard on myself.  And now I stop to think: What is that teaching my daughter about her self-worth? And what should I be doing differently? I actually have tears in my eyes thinking about it.  *sigh*

Mommy & Me outfits

I hope I’m also passing on positive characteristics.  As she grows, I hope that by watching me, she’ll learn that through persistence and hard work you can overcome fears and obstacles.  And that it’s okay to ask for help.  (Oh, who am I kidding.  I haven’t come to terms with that myself.  Why is it so hard to ask for help?) And it’s okay to try new things.  I really want her to learn that.

Wow, this post has taken an unexpected sentimental turn.  Anywho… my original plan was to show you our matching outfits.

Mommy & Me outfits

Haley’s outfit is from Pink Fig’s Lydia pattern and my skirt was made using Rosie’s Whimsy tutorial. (Found here.) The fabric is more great fabric from Joel Dewberry‘s Modern Meadow line. And this isn’t the last we’ll see of it, either. 😉

Oh, by the by, this isn’t the first matching set I’ve done for us.  I made myself the Schoolhouse Tunic (by Sew Liberated) to match her Kyoko (by ModKid) and I need to get the mini-kyoko made…then maybe we’ll do a quick photo shoot.  Gotta get in on this matchy goodness while she still thinks of me in the same realm as a princess.  Now…can someone tell me how I can become an actual princess?

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19 Responses to “Sunday Dress”


  1. 1 Crafty Mummy April 24, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    LOVE the idea of matching outfits with your 6 yr old! I have a 6 yr old too and she thinks her new black boots MUST be worn with jeans because that’s what I often wear. Maybe we need matching skirts to wear with our matching boots…

  2. 3 rosie/the fabric shopper April 25, 2010 at 3:59 am

    It is so hard to get past our own insecurities and pass on the strength and confidence we want to see develop in our children. I am sure you are doing a marvelous job!

    The two of you look adorable in you matching outfits. Momma and daughter are lovely 🙂

    • 4 Melanie April 25, 2010 at 9:09 am

      Thanks, Rosie. I need to absorb all I can from you because your daughter is just lovely! I know you’re so proud. Thanks also for the skirt tutorial. 🙂

  3. 5 MelanieO April 25, 2010 at 7:26 am

    I understand exactly what you mean. As you know, I also work from home & with that come days (too many) where I don’t feel like “getting dressed”, I just wear something comfortable, not pretty. The other day I started thinking about what I’m teaching my daughters by doing this. That they should look elsewhere for examples of good style & self-esteem? They don’t understand yet that I’m working, they just see me as mom, which is ok, BUT, maybe they should see me as a mom with a job and I should be dressing the part. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but dressing nice is a way of showing self-esteem.

    I love the outfits, by the way!

    • 6 Melanie April 25, 2010 at 9:12 am

      I know exactly what you mean, Melanie! In fact, a few weeks ago I declared it “Don’t look like a hobo” week. and I made myself get dressed each day. It does show that we care about ourselves. and like everything else, we have to find a balance. For all things, there is a season!

  4. 7 lia April 25, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Your daughter will have memories of twirling in the skirts her mom made for her and know that she is special and loved. I love the outfits and think you both look beautiful in them. She is lucky to have such a talented and dedicated mom. I’m sure she feels the same way.

  5. 9 Michelle April 25, 2010 at 8:16 am

    That is so darling! And good looking models too!

  6. 11 Jennwith4 April 25, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Don’t you both look so adorable!

    Thanks for the lovely post. My 4 year old will say sweet stuff like that. I always cringe when I see things show up in my 6 (and a 1/2 as she points out) year old that are traits I would have rather not passed along. I just ask the Lord to help me change those things in myself to be a better example for my children. He’s still working on me. =)

    I still need to try out Rosie’s tutorial. I have the perfect fabric for it now I just need to go pick up some ribbed knit.

  7. 13 Mom April 25, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Did you and I ever have matching outfits? I think it is super cool that you’ve made things for you and Haley. Love the pictures and want a copy, please!

  8. 15 Ericka April 25, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I know exactly how you feel. We desire to teach our daughters to be so different from what we actually are but how do we teach that without the true example?? This is definitely something I struggle with and desire to do differently. Not sure a matching outfit is the way to go for me to accomplish that…………..but I am super happy that Haley loves it! 🙂

  9. 16 Alisa April 25, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    i LOVE your outfits! Very much. I match my girls to each other but I haven’t matched myself yet. Maybe I should do that next… 🙂

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