Natalie’s “Collage” Jacket
Today I want to share one of Natalie’s latest creations. It is a collage jacket made with her own little hands.
The other day I gathered a bunch of clothes that were too small for her and Diego. I asked Natalie if she was interested in using some of them for her creations and she said: YES!! She picked a few. Minutes later she started cutting and sewing and being very busy. I asked what she was making but she said that it was s surprise. The surprise was this jacket!
Anatomy of Natalie’s jacket:
1. Left sleeve: A leg from Diego’s pants. The fabric is corduroy.
2. Right sleeve: silk brocade from an old costume (she used the reverse side of the fabric)
3. Body of the jacket: A cotton dress from when she was about 4 (she will be 10 next month)
How often do we see corduroy, silk brocade and cotton combined in such a stylish way?
Here is a photo of the back so you can appreciate the artist’s attention to detail. She decided to eliminate a pair of holes with a few small stitches. As always, the magic is all in the details
The best part of this story is that yesterday Natalie wore her masterpiece to school for the first time. Coincidently, she got picked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance in front of the crowd. It was a great opportunity for people to appreciate her style. Everyone noticed that there was something “interesting” about her jacket. The Principal couldn’t help but point at the importance of creativity and mentioned Natalie as a good example. On the other hand, Natalie’s teacher (we adore her!) said that the jacket was the most extraordinary piece of clothing that she had ever seen.
Natalie has lots of fun being Natalie. I never supervise her outfits, I never judge them or tell her not to wear my accessories (she accessorized her jacket with one of my hats and a pair of sunglasses). All I say is: If you think that it works, go for it! I secretly admire how fearless my girl is when it comes to expressing herself. Thank God she goes to a school that encourages creativity and self expression. I believe that one of the most important things for kids is that we let them be who they are. It does wonders for their self-confidence and self-esteem.
I hope that you enjoyed Natalie’s creation!
Have a wonderful day!