Last weekend I got to go and visit good friends for Mother's Day. The Mom and I worked together years ago at a grown-up jobby job, and her daughter, E, who was 5 when I met her is now 15 and as beautiful and fun now as she was then. I just have to keep reminding myself that she's not 5. Because when I think of her, I think of her 5 year-old face first. And this... is so not the face of a five year old. A beautiful, beautiful, not-five-year-old-face.
I'm not sure I'd be convinced that she's 15, either, except for the random note to herself scribbled on her hand.
While I was talking to my friend and planning our visit, she mentioned that her daughter was interested in the romper she saw on crafterhours. My reply was "uuuuuh... you know that was Adrianna's post, right? Just because it was on my blog doesn't mean I know much about making one?" But I can read. So we followed Adrianna's tutorial just like any reader would.
We made the top and the shorts separately, as per the tutorial. But when we tried the two pieces on together to try to decide where and how they'd sit, I asked "where do you want your waist?"
Although I was indeed forming the words to ask the question, in my head I'd already answered it for her. It had to be low-waisted. And I almost fell over when she pointed more toward her ribcage than her hips. Say whaaaaat? You want it thaaaat high? I looked at her mother with much confusion. Really? I just couldn't process it. Low-waisted is the thing. Right? To which she said:
No, apparently not to E. She's been watching What Not to Wear. And I'm told they're all about high-waisted-ness. So this is where we ended up. Four lines of shirring across the top and spaghetti straps. E chose this green and white seersucker and added the crochet trim belt. To tie around the high waist.
I really felt like it came together when she added the boots:
It's good to collaborate with a new design partner every now and then. I won't be making one for me, because I still have acid-washed high-waisted big-hair flashbacks of my childhood. That and the lack of a 15 year old body to put it on.