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"ABC News" Features LDS Mom Who Fights Postpartum Depression by Turning Husband's Old Shirts into Cutest Dresses for Daughters

by | Aug. 11, 2017

Mormon Life

Stephanie Miller's creative mind can see beauty even where most people only see worn clothing or garbage. When Miller and her husband were doing some spring cleaning, she began having ideas of how she could use her husbands throw-away shirts to create something beautiful for her daughters.

A mother of four, Miller told ABC News this creative outlet has helped her overcome postpartum depression. After the birth of her first son, Miller had difficulties adjusting to her new life at home after being an artist and a teacher as she battled postpartum depression. 

“All of a sudden I was home all the time and I wasn’t making art anymore,” Miller told ABC News. "I had this loss of identity.”

It was during this time, Miller's husband bought her a sewing machine, something that changed her life.

“It totally got me out of a slump," Miller told ABC News. "Just having an outlet besides being a mom I think is so important. It’s so important for us to have hobbies and dreams and aspirations outside of our children. It’s important for them to see their parents follow their dreams because it gives them liberty to follow their own dreams. It also lets them know they’re not the center of the universe.”

Check out her beautiful creations:


My baby woke up early this morning so I sewed in the early morning hours. She was a good sport letting me try on the dress (only 2 time😂) to cut and fit the sleeves. Once I made her a dress two years ago and kept fitting it on her to adjust the dress, by the time I was done she wouldn't wear it. I decided to not make my kids clothes at that point. Now they ask me to make them dresses and never want to take them off. It is much more rewarding. This shirt was her daddy's shirt that shrunk, @letsbuyutah. #sew #refashion #refashioned #refashionista #sewing #sewingproject #diy #beforeandafter #mothermakes #oldshirt #newdress #dresses #littlegirl #littlegirldress #onehour #onehourprojets #quickneasy #sewforfun #sewfun

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