It is funny because there is a blog series called K.I.D.S. Which encourages moms to get their kids involved in the design process. (fun series by the way) But, I don't seem to have a choice. Eli always is a part of the design process, or he will not wear it.
And instead of fighting it, which admittedly I did at first, I have started to embrace it. Here is a recent joint project of ours.
I had bought the fabric with him and I in mind (you will see something sewn for me later). And then I discussed with him the style of top. I had something entirely different planned, but he decided on a t-shirt style with a rectangle collar.
Then he announced he wanted a zipper. So we talked about zipper styles and he went through my stash of zippers. (I collect them when they are on sale and my mom does the same for me.) He picked out a red separating zipper so he could unzip it like a coat.
Then he asked me to turn on my embroidery machine so he could pick out a design. He picked out the design, colors, and placement.
And finally, when it came time to take pictures, he choose the poses and also took a few himself.
I really love how he is so involved. Yes, I did not get to make what I wanted. But this top is actually really cute and I think he did a great job designing it. And what a wonderful way to develop his creativity, personal independence, and style. The longer I am a parent, the more I realize that my job is to help enhance what is good about each one of our kids and help minimize what is problematic. Our children are little people that need to be nourished and given opportunities to be challenged.
And who knows, maybe he will some day be the next Michael Kors.
PS. There is another great series going on right now called Celebrate the BOY if you need great ideas to make boy's clothes and other fun stuff.