Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Creative Space: Wrong, But Not Wrong Enough



Ages ago, I promised the nearly-eight-birthday kid a Miss Madeline dress. It’s fraught, this sewing for the Anklebiter With Opinion. I’m as confident as I ever could be about the blue fabric, but nothing was working for the contrasting waistband as I waded through the stash last night. In the end, as the Cinderella hour ticked by, I reasoned that this could be a good thing. The kid is into some unexpected colour combination. As a compromise, I went with something that wasn’t terribly wrong but also not that right.

Therein lies my mistake. This is what the kid chose to wear today:

• Bronze Mary Janes/white ankle socks
• Striped mauve/deep purple leggings
• White, green, yellow patterned skirt
• Red t-shirt with pink sleeves
• Light blue, WILL-SHE-NEVER-TAKE-IT-OFF? headscarf.

Ghastly. Still fathoming how she makes it work. Now revisiting stash for anything waistband-ish which is simultaneously fluorescent, striped, polka-dotted, holographic.

Pop on over to Kirsty’s for some easy-on-the-eye Creative Space action...

25 comments:

Cath from chunkychooky said...

If only I could get mine into a skirt!!! the only skirt she will wear is a tutu! other than that she insists that we refer to her as a boy... but I think you are onto somehting find the ugliest most non matching thing and she will love it!

beck said...

Hilaarious! Just go crazy and whack some really outrageous colour/texture combos into the dress. She'll love it..or not..good luck xo

Mel said...

He he! You must tell us what you end up with. I have one of these dresser's (?) at home too and I cringe and I wring my hands and I umm and ahh and then I remember a photo of me as a kid with one of my "special outfits" on and at how happy I looked ... and then I let her out of the house with a shrug figuring she'll soon go through an all black stage and I'll be wishing for the colour to come back!

One Flew Over said...

At least she isn't naked...which given half a chance my daughter would be.

Meagan @ecoMILF said...

oh no You can't leave a description like that without a photo of the outfit! it sounds out of this world. lol. Can't wait til my little one is commanding me to sew instead of whimpering at my feet and pleading me to push his truck for the billionth time. xox m.

74 Lime Lane said...

how sweet! i have boys ~ they dress with a complete lack of thought. First thing out of the drawer wins!

Kylie said...

The fabrics look so gorgeous - I can't imagine how it wouldn't work. I'm sure she'll find a way to wear it that will suit her just fine :) K

Nikki Cardigan said...

Maybe you need to look back at the original pile of "definately NOs". The answer is probably there! If all else fails, ask said nearly-eight-birthday kid to choose a fabric and that's the waistband.

Loved the description and subsequent image of your girl.

Sandrine said...

The picture looks pretty good to me, I am sure it will be great...Have fun!

Michelle said...

In years to come she will probably look at photos and wonder what you were thinking.... Let her choos the fabric, that way you can't go wrong

Madeline said...

Oh. my. what a funny sense of style little ones have!

Janet said...

Ha ha. I know all about sewing for a daughter with an opinion. Grace was insistent I make her a dress out of fabric I thought was a dubious choice and although at first she was enthusiastic about the finished dress saying ... oh mummy I love it, once she had tried it on it was as though I had put special itching powder in the seams. Sigh. Perhaps my finish isn't up to her standards.

Kirsty said...

Love this. My big girl insisted on being dressed as Madeline for her entire 4 year old kinder year & the little guy was dressed either as tarzan, peter pan or harry potter for two years. It drove me mad (but made them easy to dress).

Umatji said...

ahnow that is a favourite line of mine as well - bad but not bad enough!

Leonie Guld said...

I think she sounds BEAUTIFUL!! What ya worried about!!! Hey the dress is looking very spec....can't wait to see the result!!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

She would be so in fashion in Harajuku in Tokyo!

Cindy said...

I wonder where she may get that great diva attitude and independent attitude - hmm

Cherry said...

So funny! Maybe we all get too set on being matchy/matchy and should follow your daughter! What a crack up.

Andrea said...

wow, that's one colour-explosion in that warderobe! (have I mentioned that I like colour?) but I'm convinced there is a refined 8-year-old-fashionista-scheme behind it...it's obviously just beyond us...
Happy hunting!
I'm going to get my dark sunnies in preparation of your next post...

Karin said...

That sounds like an.. .interesting colour combination :-) I have to say, the colour combination on the dress you are making doesn't look that bad at all. Can't wait to see the whole dress!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

It's called the Generation Gap , I think . She probably feels sorry for all the colour co-ordinated adults around .... so Blaaah .

elly bee said...

why is this not surprising me with a mum like you......?

elly bee said...

ps. joris askes me at least once a week why I always get him matching colors. Even socks and underwear need to be in same color as something like shirt or trousers.
why can't I stand orange socks with blue shirt. so tiring....
joris agrees!
eb x

Anonymous said...

Hi Tarn,
Can relate to the mismatched"oh-so-wrong but-oh-so-right" saga with the 3 turning 4 yr old! In the end it is all about attitude and confidence.
That's the fabulous thing about kids, they have that great outlook where they don't care what others think (clothes wise) and can pull of the best combinations.
Yes, pictures are required!
Love Jen

michelle said...

love it. a sassy eight year old with an opinion and a sense of style. my miss 10 would wear pj's for the rest of her life and not give a toss. but mr 8 has to have matching jocks and socks. go figure