When creative single dad Michael Gardner quit his job in March for COVID-19, he realized he had enough time to bond with his daughter Ava.
So he vowed to make her a brand new wardrobe by hand, partly to save money, but mostly to show his love for Ava.
Today, a former financial officer at a major hotel regularly wears fashionable clothes that are whipped with a reliable sewing machine to a 9-year-old child.
“It brought us closer,” Gardner told Post. “She really enjoys wearing the costumes we collaborate with.”
34-year-old Ava made a variety of flattering shorts, shirts, dresses and skirts. Ava’s favorites include brightly colored maxi dresses and glitter shirts with the slogan “I Love You Daddy.”
“On the day of dressing down at school, my friend asked me where I bought something,” Ava said. “Tell them that Dad made it for me. They think it’s really cool. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.”
The partnership has been so successful that Gardner launched a fashion brand and social media campaign @DaddyDressedMebyMG in September (MG is his initials).
It didn’t take long for their Instagram page to get 17.9K followers. They also appear to be dancing together on TikTok. The plan is to encourage other father and daughter duos to follow their lead, Gardner said.
“My dad never admitted me, and I really struggled with my self-esteem as a child and teenager,” said Native Gardner, who divorced from Ava’s mother in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. “I didn’t want Ava to do the same, and I’ve always encouraged her to believe in herself, both in terms of appearance and personality.”
Gardner estimates that he has made about 25 different outfits for Ava in the last eight months. This is about one-eighth of the total he has produced since she first started sewing in 2014 when she was three years old.
“I understood that when I went with him,” said Dad. “I started by upcycling women’s clothing from a thrift shop and turning it into a small item in Ava. Then I was confident enough to invest in the right fabric.”
Initially, he was free to manage the design.
“She didn’t have much opinion, so I was able to dress her up,” he said with a laugh. She is nine years old, so she has more influence.
“She asks a lot of questions,” Gardner added. “We go shopping and she chooses the fabric. Tell her what I’m thinking and she gives her suggestions and ideas. These days it’s a collaboration.”
Comfort and durability are key. Nothing is too tight. And there is a lot of brilliance.
Ava started sewing herself. So far, she has made masks and skirts with her sewing machine. “She is natural,” her father said.
Adorable pairs often wear matching outfits, such as floral shirts and coordinated dresses and shorts.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Ava said. “We love to dress as well.”
Meanwhile, Gardner explained how hobbies relax him, especially during the stressful unemployment period and the coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s good to do something with your hands,” he said. “And get out of your comfort zone and try something different.”
Gardner ridiculed the widespread claim that ignorant men do not know how to properly dress their children, especially their daughters.
“There are many stylish dads who can teach fashion to their kids,” he said. “I’m proud to be one of them.”
Meet a single dad who sews stunning costumes for his daughter
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