Meet the one dad who sews gorgeous outfits for his daughter


November 26, 2020 | 9:55am

When inventive single dad Michael Gardner was let go from his job in March due to COVID-19, he discovered himself with loads of time to bond along with his daughter, Ava.

So, partially to save cash, however largely to indicate his love for Ava, he vowed to craft her a complete new wardrobe by hand.

Now the previous finance director of a significant resort frequently clothes his 9-year-old in modern clothes whipped up on his trusty stitching machine.

“It has introduced us even nearer collectively,” Gardner advised The Submit. “She actually enjoys carrying the outfits we collaborate on.”

The 34-year-old has made Ava quite a lot of flattering shorts, shirts, clothes and skirts. Ava’s favorites embrace a brightly-colored maxidress and a glittery shirt emblazoned with the slogan “I Love You Daddy.”

“On dress-down day in school, my pals ask me the place I purchased one thing,” Ava stated. “I inform them that my daddy made it for me and so they assume it’s actually cool. I really feel just like the luckiest lady on the earth.”

The partnership has grow to be so profitable, Gardner launched a vogue model and social media marketing campaign in September, @DaddyDressedMebyMG (MG are his initials).


The daddy-daughter duo share their designs on an Instagram, @DaddyDressedMebyMG







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It didn’t take lengthy for his or her Instagram web page to rack up 17.9K followers. Additionally they seem dancing collectively on TikTok. The plan is for different dad-daughter duos to be impressed to comply with their lead, Gardner stated.

“My very own father by no means acknowledged me and I actually struggled with vanity as a baby and teenager,” stated the Philadelphia, Penn., native Gardner, who’s divorced from Ava’s mother. “I didn’t need the identical factor to occur to Ava and have all the time inspired her to consider in herself, by way of each appears and character.”

Gardner estimates he has made round 25 completely different outfits for Ava over the past eight months — about an eighth of the whole quantity he has produced since first taking on stitching in 2014 when she was simply three.

“I figured it out as I went alongside,” the dad stated. “I began out upcycling ladies’s clothes from thrift shops and remodeling it into little gadgets for Ava. Then I felt assured sufficient to put money into correct cloth.”

At first, he had free rein on the designs.

“I may costume her in something I needed as a result of she didn’t have an excessive amount of of an opinion on it,” he stated with fun. Now that she is 9, she has rather more of an affect.

“She asks numerous questions,” added Gardner. “We buy groceries and she or he picks out the material. I inform her what I bear in mind and she or he offers her options and concepts. It’s a collaboration as of late.”

Consolation and sturdiness are key. Nothing is just too tight. And there are many sparkles.

Michael and Ava Gardner work side-by-side making fashionable looks.
Michael and Ava Gardner work side-by-side making modern appears.Gardner

Ava has even began stitching herself. Thus far she has made masks and a skirt on her personal stitching machine. “She’s a pure,” stated her father.

The lovable pair typically wears matching outfits, similar to flower-patterned shirts and a coordinating costume and shorts mixture.

“It’s numerous enjoyable,” stated Ava. “We love dressing alike.”

In the meantime, Gardner defined how the passion relaxes him, particularly throughout a annoying interval of unemployment and the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s good to do one thing together with your fingers,” he stated. “And to get out of your consolation zone and take a look at one thing completely different.”

Gardner scoffed on the widespread declare that clueless males don’t know costume their kids proper — particularly their daughters.

“There are numerous fashionable dads on the market who can train vogue to their children,” he stated. “I’m proud to be one in all them.”


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