I tried. I tried really, really hard to avoid trapping Josie into gender stereotypes. See?!?
I was such a proud mother, in a sea of pink and purpley little girls, when Josie would announce that her favorite color was blue!
But somewhere along the way, she developed a sense of autonomy. She wanted ruffles, glitter, pink, and princesses. My little Asian girl thought she was Barbie….the blonde one. Here is a self-portrait of Josie with Penny. Penny is the one on the right, of course.
The only problem is that I think that deep down in every grown woman’s psyche is a budding ballerina. I hate to admit that my stomach still does a flip flop when I touch a tutu. Pair this with a sewing obsession and a child who adores all things princess, and this is the end result:
I love this picture because Vidhya’s expression looks EXACTLY like your typical female middle schooler.
Josie really wanted a Rapunzel dress, and I had been stalling on making one because I was trying to think about how to alter the Snow White pattern to look like Rapunzel’s dress. Luckily, Simplicity came out with this pattern:
And here is how it all turned out.
What was Penny for Halloween? I still have control over her choices…. She was a turtle, the non-mutant ninja kind.