Tuesday, September 07, 2010

School Clothes - Girl Style

I limited M's designing this year to two outfits, since she has too many clothes as it is. She very timidly told me that she wanted her school clothes this year to be "more rockerish". And as a brave new step for me, I let her pick out all the fabric. It was all hot pink, or black, and sparkly.

On the left: Drawing of what was to become a pink sparkly shirt that ties around the neck with black ribbon. It is actually a resubmission as I got it totally wrong last year and used a fabric with dots instead of sparkles. For pants, leggings with ruffles on the bottom.

On right: this one is a bit confusing, but she wanted a t-shirt embroidered with the drawing of the girl in sunglasses. (I'm pretty sure this is another ed emberly). Anyhow, then she wanted a black vest, and a jaggedy black skirt. Also a resubmission from last year, because, again, I got it wrong last year. She wanted it actually jagged as opposed to the implication of jaggedness. To be worn over jeans, but it's still too hot for jeans, so she is wearing it with the ruffled leggings. And I vetoed the black boots for now. An obscene amount of shoes already made that an easy decision.


For the leggings I just purchased some, and serged on the lacy ruffle. Embroidering that shirt took awhile because she requested more stars. HUGE thanks to my mother in law for literally slaving over that lined vest. I haphazardly assigned her the vest, thinking it would be easy, but it turned out to be like the hardest thing she's ever sewed (and that's saying something - she's amazing.)

So I learned a lesson that probably most good mothers have already learned. Let kids make their own decisions - within reason. It is totally reasonable that I could have let her pick out her own fabric last year, and I could have followed her a lot more literally. This year? She wears these clothes every day. She loves them, and is SO happy I let her have full control. They really are awesome.

11 comments:

John and Becky said...

Pam, who are amazing! And such a great mom.

Milli is adorable and I love the clothes she designed.

suzy said...

I let Ashlyn pick out a few things this year and everything she picked had a guitar and glitter--girls! M looks so grown up in her new clothes.

sixmoores said...

LOVE.

Heather Dixon said...

Awesome. She's gonna be a fashion designer.

Anne said...

Much more rockerish. Too bad your family isn't very creative.

You're the best!

megadog said...

All girls go through the rocker stage and I think it's pretty adorable! Love her shirt with the adorable hand drawn picture on it! Such a fun thing for a girl-and for that matter--a boy!

jodi said...

wow. She looks like a rocker. I'm going to bring her over a Twisted Sister t-shirt to top it off. (If I only had a twisted sister t-shirt...ick).

jams and pickles said...

I saw Mili on her way to school in her "rockin'" outfit--so cute. What a good mommy to help her design and create!

Christina said...

More rockerish. That is so cute. Nice job on letting her choose. Still struggling with that one...

Rock said...

Hope it's okay that I'm leaving a comment on your blog... but I couldn't help it - you are so creative. I envy your skills.

Camille said...

She is a rock star, the last pic is my fave. She's off to go play the drums.