From: Calgary Area of Alberta
See girls - there are so many differences between what is vogue here in Canada and what is trendy in the U.S.
For instance I see on Sew Forum those ruffled pants like regular girls pants but with 3 rows of big ruffles - I have never seen not even once any little girl wearing that sort of thing here or in Montreal or Quebec or even driving from Calgary to Montreal. Just is not going to happen here - also while some little girls would like the buttons especially on flip flops for sure you would not get a lot of interest on the flip flops with big bows - hair bows - I dont think there is a little girl in Canada who would wear one of those big hair bows - yes for first communion last week I saw some little girls with long hair that had some fancy hair piece like a hair clip that had been embellished with lovely silk flowers - and bits of ribbon cascading along with white tiny pearls - I am sure that you all know the sort of things I am describing - not a single big bow - there might have been some with hair pulled back and tied back with a very slender ribbon like quarter inch no bigger - every thing here seems to be understated - simple - classic lines - gaudy really does not sell here.
I love Emb. Garden`s covered button designs (not necessary to have a button machine) where she has affixed the button to one of those badge reels etc those would sell at a craft show perhaps maybe a dozen but for sure not by the dozens let along 100`s
Like everywhere else things for kids tend to be wash and wear except for a minority of kids who get dressed up for Sunday church or as part of a wedding party - I bet there are not 5 kids in 100 that even own dress shoes - yes you do see girls in flats like Payless or Walmart mostly they are in runners - once we hit warm weather you will see a lot of flip flops for boys and girls or sandals that look like flip flops for girls. Since my grand kids are all in Montreal I really pay close attention to what the kids are wearing. Calgary is booming - jobs are abundant - real estate market very healthy etc so it is not a question of money because I see kids with very expensive athletic foot wear - older girls with lots of Lulu Lemon etc
Laurie the easiest way to attach a photo - email it to your self - save the picture again the email one will be the correct size - use that to attach a photo.
Shirley - Mom to Dickens (PuppyWuppy now known as Dicky Wicky)and Doyle (baby) and Baxter, Bella, Pistol, Cowboy, ChiChi at Rainbow Bridge
I sew on Janome 8000, 10001, 11000se, 12000, 350e, 300e, Janome 234d and Babylock Imagine