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The story of our precious little girl's 17 months of life with Trisomy 18 (July 4, 2010 - December 15, 2011) and of us, re-learning to live "after Lilly."
"I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made ...." Psalm 139:14

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tabby's puffed sleeves nightmare returns

By the time Tabby was two, she had developed strong opinions about clothing.  All tags needed to be cut out.  Socks could only be certain colors and the sock line had to fit just so.  She couldn't stand for socks and pants to touch, so she only wanted to wear capris or dresses.  She didn't like long sleeves on her arms or jackets.  She didn't like clothes that "bunched."  Etc etc.  Her biggest enemy?  Shirts or dresses with puffed sleeves.

Tabby was the flower girl in my brother Patrick's wedding.  She loved her flower girl dress - there were no puffed sleeves!  But ... evil mom that I can be ... I packed my favorite play clothes of hers to wear on that wedding trip.  And - at least one of the shirts had the dreaded ... puffed sleeves.  My mom, aunt, and I still remember how after being forced to wear the outfit, Tabby's face contorted into pure disgust and she pulled at the sleeves and announced through gritted teeth:  "I hate puffed sleeves!"

Here are two pictures of Tabby, taken shortly before she began her battle against puffed sleeves, wearing dresses with little puffed sleeves: 

Happiness is holding a lizard!
Though Tabby has gotten over most of her clothing issues, she still doesn't like puffed sleeves.  So imagine how funny some of us thought it was when she was given the dresses to wear as Margaret, in her school's upcoming production of an adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility".  The dresses had PUFFED SLEEVES. 

This is just one of the dresses.  The others are at school and I haven't seen them yet.
Tabby says the sleeves look puffier on her
If you live locally, and would like to come out and see the play, and support all the girls wearing puffed sleeved dresses!, just click here to see cast lists and purchase tickets. 

There are four productions of "Sense and Sensibility" which run April 28 - 30.  Tabby is in the play on Friday and Saturday nights.  She's looking forward to it, but bummed she'll miss a track meet Saturday night.

Tickets are selling fast!  So if you'd like to come, be sure to go ahead and buy your tickets now.  And if you see Tabby there, tell her how much you like her puffed sleeves.  ;)


  1. OOOOOOOOOohhh I so want to go! :(

  2. Certainly she KNOWS how important puffed sleeves were and just how much Anne Shirley DREAMED of having them! :)

    1. For sure! I loved the Anne books. And I even like puffed sleeves!

  3. Well, I'm not a fan of puffed sleeves either, but I would endure them if cast in a Jane Austen play! Yay, Tabby! That is great news! I wish I could attend!