Michael Gardner is a 36-year-old father who's discovered his biggest passion—sewing clothes—by looking for a way to make his daughter feel happier and more confident. Michael started teaching himself to sew back in 2014 as a way to bond with his daughter Ava who, at the time, was only 3 years old. He began making custom designs for Ava by refashioning thrifted women's clothing which later lead him to starting an Instagram account and a blog called Daddy Dressed Me.

"My mission is to help Ava build her self-esteem and establish confidence in herself and her abilities. I sew the clothes and Ava models," Michael explains on his blog. "I learned through trial and error, watched tutorials on YouTube and Pinterest and just started creating." The man has already created over 200 unique-looking outfits for his daughter, which he's been regularly posting on Instagram. The duo's Instagram profile currently has almost 21k followers.

Without further ado, Bored Panda invites you to scroll down and look through the list featuring some of our favorite outfits that Michael has designed for his lovely daughter Ava. As always, make sure to vote for your favorite ones!

More info: Instagram | Facebook | daddydressedmebymg.com

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Yolande Labbé
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5 months ago

A little angel. Cute, cute, cute....Adorable is the word here.

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Kateřina Lužná
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5 months ago

What a little fashion star!

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Queen Mab
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5 months ago

What a lucky little girl.

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"I have been creative since I was a kid and have utilized my talents to express myself in so many outlets. I've tried my hand at writing, poetry, room renovations, upcycling furniture, painting, party planning, photography and cooking. When I discovered sewing, the experience gave me a feeling I had not accomplished with any other craft," Michael writes on his blog.

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Jackie Wacky
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5 months ago

It’s so sweet that dad is wearing the same outfits as little Ava

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Jack Urquhart
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5 months ago

wow. JUST wow! this guy's got talent

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Merilyn Horton
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5 months ago

That’s gorgeous

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"I appreciate the ability to create a garment that began as an idea in my thoughts and seeing the piece walk the streets either on myself or Ava is an amazing feeling. Being a Father is my most important responsibility and what I am most proud of in life. It is a blessing to be able to combine my journey of fatherhood with my love of creativity while creating memories with my child," the dad explains on his blog.

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Jack Urquhart
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5 months ago

You GOTTA be part architect to produce these things!

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Jack Urquhart
Community Member
5 months ago

ok. how di you DO that?

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Cadmar Orion
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5 months ago

She is incredibly gorgeous

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Turns out, Michael's desire to be an active parent in Ava's life was inspired by his own childhood experiences. "I wanted to make sure she felt confident, that she loved herself, and that she could believe in her abilities, which are all the things I struggled with as a kid," Gardner told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"I would be physically standing in front of him [my dad] saying ‘hi’ and he’d ignore me. He would cross the street to go up the block and avoid me," Michael explained to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Raine Soo
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5 months ago

The navy ribbon is the icing on the dress.

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Zoe's Mom
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5 months ago

Rock on little girlfriend.

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Jack Urquhart
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5 months ago

Original designs too!

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Katherine Freeman
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5 months ago

That jacket is awesome!

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Sherry McGee
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5 months ago

I love this so much. Looks amazing.

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Annie
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5 months ago

Great flow!

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XIMENA SALAZAR-LONDONO
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5 months ago

she is a model

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Annie
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5 months ago

Sweet!

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Estelle Young
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5 months ago

She looks so happy.

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Zoe's Mom
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5 months ago

Beautiful material.

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Annie
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5 months ago

Daddy has a good eye and fashion sense!

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Wolfstar
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5 months ago

He made that coat?? I can't even sew a square! This guy is amazing, he should've gone into the fashion industry!

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Nova of the IceWings
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5 months ago

ooo

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Mary Rose Kent
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5 months ago

I love that they’re wearing vibrant pink on top and slightly more subdued colors below.

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The one and only
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5 months ago

I WANT ITTTT

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Messy
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5 months ago

It’s so nice to see a African American father who is really going against the sickening stereotype portrayed. Congrats to this man. He’s won dad of the year!

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Mary Maney
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5 months ago

Omg the doc martens MAKE this outfit

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Kateřina Lužná
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5 months ago

I NEED that dress in my size!

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Sherry McGee
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5 months ago

Love it.

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
5 months ago

Really digging the 70's vibe on this one.

Mary Rose Kent
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5 months ago

Dad’s got dimples! 💋💋💋

Shellia Ventura
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5 months ago

Every single one of these are just so beautiful in so many ways. Wouldn't it be a wonderful world if all dads would be so loving and interested in their children as this dad. I think this post has been the best I've ever seen on Bored Panda.

M Kate McCulloch
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5 months ago

Dad's got skills...

Julie Hoblin
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5 months ago

Dad you seriously need to create your own clothes line! Wow 🤩

Amanda Hunter
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5 months ago

What a lucky girl, is he married?

Jeanne Clapper
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow. Just wow!

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Merilyn Horton
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5 months ago

So pretty

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Baconator
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5 months ago

I like this one!

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