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Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Blog, Children | 24 comments

Natalie’s “Collage” Jacket

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.

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2. Right sleeve: silk brocade  from an old costume (she used the reverse side of the fabric)

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3. Body of the jacket: A cotton dress from when she was about 4 (she will be 10 next month)

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How often do we see corduroy, silk brocade and cotton combined in such a stylish way?  🙂

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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!



  1. Natalie: me encanta, me encanta, me encanta!
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  2. How creative Natalie is! A very stylish jacket indeed!

  3. se parece a la manzana pequeña encantadora no se cae lejos del árbol!….go Natalie! such fun!

  4. You are so good at being accepting! I find it easy much of the time especially when it includes creativity. Yay! I’ve run up against some walls sometimes with that. Teenagers, growing into adults. Making choices that I do not like. The creature: Idonotlikebutaccept. Is difficult for me. And bites me when I do not stand with it and prickles when I do..
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    • Hi Susan! When it comes to creativity everything is fine, it is easy to say YES in capital letters. When it comes to making bad choices, that’s a different story 🙂 That’s when parenting gets tricky. We learn as we go. What a journey!
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  5. that. is the coolest thing EVER!!

  6. Gorgeous jacket! Natalie has such style!

  7. This post put a humongous smile on my face 😉 what a beautiful girl (outside and inside), what a creative soul she has!! Lucky you!

  8. Natalie, your “coat of many colours” is astounding. Very similar to a book I recently got on ancient tunic designs. What an amazing life force to be able to jump right in and create so purposefully. You wake me up to the possibilities! Thank you!!

  9. i think natalie would love to do some natural dyeing. She could take a garment and then dye each part a different colour. I would love to teach her about that one day!

  10. I love Natalie’s creativity! She has a bright future in design.

  11. We have this saying in Portuguese, Filho de peixe sabe nadar, meaning ‘The son (daughter, in this case…) of the fish knows how to swim’. I’d say Natalie is the perfect example! Congratulations!
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  12. This post made me laugh and cry at the same time. I love Natalie’s coat SO MUCH! The button holes and the mending on the back are so precious, and it must have been such a pleasure to witness her inspiration and effort. Love it.

  13. so very hip! ten was my favourite childhood year. a burst of the creative.
    how wonderful that her school is so tuned in also. enjoy this time. I can understand
    the poster who mentioned laughing and crying. may Natalie keep this spirit. she’s a natural

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