Let me preface this entire posting by saying 1) my daughter LOVED her Samantha doll as well as the Itty Bitty baby doll she named Eleanor, 2) she was very happy and excited to have an outfit that looked like her doll, 3) this was the early '90's, 4) ...... can you see I'm trying to justify having my sweet, sensitive little girl get in those button up boots and march down the church isle to the beat of a different hymnal?
|I'm sure you can pick her out of the line-up.|
With her glasses, she looked more like a Molly than a Samantha, but nonetheless, she was (and still is) so cute. So yes, there was a gasp when she walked in and I faintly remember some pointing (I believe Vatican rules had eased up by this point in time).
Having been brought up Methodist, I had no attachment to the Catholic rituals and hence I was able to break self imposed conformity rules with ease. While I am a deeply spiritual person, religious structures often find me questioning the system.
So yes Chris, it is wonderful when a child will wear what you create on your sewing machine! To get them to wear these creations when they are older and are more vocal is even more amazing.
This got me thinking about what I made for her older sister, six years earlier. Again to the photo boxes.....
|This photo before going to church was so painful to see, I had to include an after church picture. My daughter was an avid gymnast by this time and spent more time in a leotard and rarely wore a dress.|
So for any mother out in cyberspace who is confronted with the satin miniature bride dresses out on the market...... you don't need to conform to the dictates of mass produced clothing on store racks. Find a dress style that suits your child and make it in white. Make it comfortable, make it to reflect their personality and if there is any pointing or gasping among the pews, hold your head high and repeat this mantra - thank you, thank you.