Eight. Eight? Eight. Valerie changed my life eight years ago, simply by coming into it.
She is so very eight, indeed. For her birthday dress, she chose the animal print fabric (called Coffee Cat Cafe) and the contrasting zebra print ribbon. When it was time to pick the lining, she initially looked at brown until I said, "You know, it can be any color since it's on the inside." She went for apple green.
Animal prints aren't my thing. Unless they are on actual live animals, in which case they are beautiful. When Valerie picked the fabric out, I actually called Hubby at work to see what he thought. We ultimately decided it was OK. But I wasn't looking forward to making this dress.
I used McCall's #M5033. It has a full circle skirt--great for twirling! The pattern has kind of a funky assembly. I find the more garments I sew, the more opinionated I am becoming about the construction.
My feelings aside, Valerie was so thrilled when it was all finished. SO thrilled!
And that's the thing with mothers and daughters, I think. We don't always prefer the same things. Obviously. But the daughter's job is to become herself. And the mother's job is to allow that.
And celebrate it.
Eight years old. Smart, beautiful, creative, strong. Oh how I love this girl!