Tweens.....Ah, they have a mind of their own, and are also trying to develop a style of their own as well. Miss Abigail is well on her way to being a full-fledged "tween" herself. Thankfully, she is still easily persuaded to wear things that I love, but she is certainly starting to notice what all the other girls are wearing. I've been busy experimenting with new ideas for Spring for her to add to her wardrobe and It's not easy. She no longer wants puffed sleeves and sashes tied in pretty bows, but rather things that look a bit more "grown-up". Gosh, I just hate the sound of that, but it had to happen sometime and the time has arrived. I've spent hours on-line looking at popular shops and Pinterest to see what the tween girls are wearing and to be honest I absolutely hate most of it. Garish colors, a mish-mash of everything from hippy to hoochie and it's just not how I want her my daughter to dress. So my challenge is to use the acceptable pieces that I manage to find out there to mix and match with things that I make for her to help her come up with her own style that is not only age appropriate, but still fun, wearable and "not too babyish", quite a tall order. I am thinking it's going to be a lot more separates that she can then mix with the pieces that we buy. I have started gathering sweet little T's and tanks and other basics that could easily go with dozens of other things and trust me it hasn't been easy to find just classic little pieces that are not covered with glitter, rhinestones, skulls or peace signs. Thankfully, my mom and I are both awesome shoppers and have the ability to find those needles in the haystack. We are both on the job and working hard to put together what we feel is the "right" style for Abby. Plus, add in the fact that at 9 she is already wearing a girls size 12-14 because she is so tall and a women's size 5 shoe. I told you she grew A LOT over the winter. I have been putting together a few cute ideas for how to dress our girls in ways that us mom's and grand-moms approve of. This is just one outfit that I have put together for her that she just loves. A fun twirly skirt with a built-in petticoat so that it is fun and sassy and still very girly. I have been making her a lot of these all embellished differently so you would never know that they are actually the same skirt design. I paired it up with a white tank top which I embellished with more of the same flowers and a stripy cardigan which we also purchased. Add a fun pair of sun glasses and a headband and I think it makes for a pretty cute outfit. Not babyish, classic, modest, and very stylish. This one meets all my criteria for a sweet "tween" look that makes us mom's and grand-mom's happy too.