Sunday, January 13, 2013

You don't know you're Beautiful

"Sulka" jersey dress
 
I love this girl. 
She is funny, kind, bright, caring. 
And beautiful.
 
 
"Sulka" jersey dress
 
Yes, she's a teenager but I rather like having a teenager.  It's not all fun and games...just like having a toddler isn't.  They make mistakes.  You butt heads.  But then you get a glimpse of the person they are becoming...and WOW!  I'm humbled that I get to be her mom.
 
"Sulka" jersey dress

Pattern:  Ottobre Design #30 "Sulka" jersey dress
Size:  140 width, 158 length
Fabric:  Cotton/Poly blend from Joann Fabrics
Mods:  Skipped the outer bodice front (gathered with 5 bows down the front) and the sleeve gathers
Notes: I applied a knit interfacing strip to the bottom of the bodice to stabilize that seam.  The skirt could be a little longer but with tights or leggings on underneath it's fine.

I used to say that 3-4 years of age was my favorite stage of childhood.  But you know what, I'm starting to think the teenage years might just be my fave.:) 




32 comments:

  1. I'm glad to hear that the teenage years can be enjoyable too! My kids are 5, 2, and 3 months right now and I'm dreading the teenage years, partly because I remember what I was like as a teenager and partly because my oldest daughter is 5 going on 16. The drama is unbelievable!

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  2. The teenage years get a bad rap - I'm determined that they will be great years! I think your good attitude going into it is one of the biggest factors!

    Also, I'm glad to see she's still wearing Ottobre. Now, that gives me hope (:

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  3. oh wow, I love this! I have a tween girl so this is of interest to me. And you used Joann's fabric! Lovely! Heading to Joanns soon! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. K came with me Black Friday to Joanns and picked out that fabric for a dress.:) I definitely have to get her approval on fabrics/patterns before sewing anything for her but we still manage to find stuff that works.

      Cindy

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  4. oh Cindy, she is so very beautiful. I love the grown up teenager juxtaposed with the little girl in a twirly dress....so very lovely and breathtaking. it makes me look forward to my crazies getting older....kind of nice to realize it is a stage to look forward to instead of dread!!

    lovely job on the dress too!

    xo

    christy

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    1. Thank you, Christy! As K grows older there are common interests her dad and I can share with her that we can't/don't do with the younger 3. She has tv shows that she watches with dad, books that she and I both read but she still will play dolls with her younger 2 sisters and do activities with her brother. It's a neat stage!

      Cindy

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  5. A very lovely post Cindy! Gives me hope as Grace approaches the teenage years.

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    1. I'm finding the good outweighs the bad...so far at least!

      Cindy

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  6. Very sweet post! She is beautiful and the dress looks great on her.

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  7. Cute dress!!

    I have enjoyed the teen years with boys. The oldest is 19, so I will soon have one on the other side of the teen years. I won't even try to say it has been all peaches and cream. There have been bumps along the way, but, overall, I have found the teen years so much easier than the early years.

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    1. Thanks, Teri! I know I'm only at the beginning of the teen years but I'm appreciating the new found independence and maturity. We've had several situations where I was left scratching my head wondering what in the world she was thinking (oh yeah, she wasn't!lol) and I'm sure there will plenty more of those over the next 6 years.

      Cindy

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  8. A beautiful dress for a very beautiful girl - and you give me hope that I may be able to survive the next few (ok, many!) years.....

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    1. We still have the hard stuff in front of us...dating, driving, college but I'm hopeful that we'll get through it! Thanks, Justine!

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  9. A beautiful dress, a beautiful girl and a beautiful post, Cindy!!!

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  10. I ♥ that dress, and the girl rocking it!
    I have two teenagers in the house and although we have hard days I really do like how I can talk to them... That was what I was missing with the toddlers, they don't give outsmarted responses that make me think again! Why do I want things this way? And is this negotionable? Sometimes I just have to be the parent and they have to listen but I do like how we can stretch out borders together! ♥

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    1. :) I'm happy that I'm still "allowed" to sew for her!

      I think that's what I like best...yes, bottom line you are the parent not their friend but there's the foundation of another relationship dynamic being built as they grown older.

      C

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  11. Beautiful girl wearing a beautiful dress!

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  12. Such a sweet post and beautiful girl. I like it a lot without the bows, I will have to remember this as Abby isn't quite in the range for this one.

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    1. You could easily take the Flashback skinny tee and do this. The skirt is 2 half circles gathered.;) Thanks, Brittney!

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  13. she is all grown up !!
    I would love a dress like that ~ it looks so comfy :)

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    1. 14 is fast approaching!
      There is an Ottobre women's pattern that is very similar...it just has a more scooped neck! I've contemplated sewing it up for myself.;)

      Cindy

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  14. She is a beauty, and you're a great mom! The dress is lovely. You give me hope for the teenage years!

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  15. Great post, love the pictures!

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  16. Man I love seeing you sew for your older kids - it gives me so much hope! Your daughter is beautiful and the dress is really cute on her!

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  17. Wow, I see so much of you in your daughter through photos alone. I especially love the pic of her spinning! My Mom and I definitely went through some rough patches during my teenage years - - I think in many ways because we are so similar - - but somehow, we made it through, and we're closer now than ever before. So, keep that in mind during those days went it ain't easy. (Though it sounds like you already have a great perspective on these teenage years.)

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    1. :) I wasn't the best teenager either...it's amazing how a few years (or many in my case!) perspective changes how you view those times. It's nice hearing that you and your mom are very close now. I'll definitely keep that in mind when we hit our rough patches!

      Cindy

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  18. She really is so lovely Cindy...it is a pleasure to watch her grow up via your blog. Her dress is gorgeous, and she wears blue and brown so well!

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    1. Thanks, Millie! She was a little unsure if she wanted me to post pictures showing all of her (in otherwards her face) but I'm glad she granted me permission. That shade of blue is her favorite color.:)

      C

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  19. The dress is so perfect for her age, and looks gorgeous on her. Great post, she's lucky to have you for her Mum :-)

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    1. Thanks, Angela! I'm happy I'm still able to sew for her.:)

      C

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