Oh dear! I made a pair of shorts that were destined to remain in Little Monkey's chest of drawers forever! I haven't sewed the buttons on yet, and I thought if I could get her to pick the buttons she might like the shorts, to which she again replied, "But I don't want to." I managed to get her interested enough in buttons and she picked three shiny buttons with love hearts on them. Phew!
Later that day when it was not as hot I suggested we could go to a park for a play. You guessed it. "But I don't want to." Eventually I convinced her to go see if there were any puddles in the botanical gardens, so she could jump in them just like Peppa pig. To my surprise she agreed. Somehow I managed to convince her that jumping in muddy puddles would be easier in shorts rather than a dress. I really wanted her to give them a go.
So, we went to the botanical gardens hoping there would be muddy puddles to jump in. Guess what...
There were a few puddles :) Little Monkey had so much fun! Other visitors probably thought I was a crazy woman cheering for my daughter jumping in puddles while taking photos of her! I really did not care. I wished I was four years old and could go jump with her too.
It is amazing how jumping in muddy puddles turns grumpy little girls into happy creatures! In fact, Little Monkey willingly stopped and posed for a few photos! I was so glad I decided to bring the camera!
This time I made a straight size 3 Clover shorts, no modifications. It really is a great pattern, well drafted with a number of options and great clear instructions. The Clover shorts are very easy to make, even despite fiddling with the belt tubs and the pockets. As soon as my daughter lifts her ban on shorts I will be making more and trying different options this pattern offers.
By dinner time we both were happy, dirty and hungry. Little Monkey suggested that we could have a picnic. What a brilliant idea! We got fish and chips, and returned to the gardens. It's been a while since we had a picnic.
While waiting for our meal to cool down Little Monkey and I watched the birds and practiced gymnastics on the bench. These sort of activities certainly build up healthy appetite!
So if you have a grumpy little creature at your place, take them to the nearest park and let them jump in muddy puddles. It works for Peppa pig, it worked for Little Monkey, so I am certain it will work for your little person too :)
I love this cheeky girl!