This is Mayhem. A nickname her adoring parents gave her. I don't even remember what late-night internet hole I fell down and found about this little girl in but I am so glad I did. I mean, look at her. She made her first paper dress at 4 years old. 4, people. She constructed the look above and tons of other just fabulous dresses she's made for herself out of the "junk" drawer at home (I've read their blog - lots of wrapping paper - note to self to start collecting that in addition to the wads of empty toilet paper rolls currently stuffing an entire hallway drawer) and with the full support of an adoring momma who watched her daughter craft these outfits for months before being nagged by friends to put them on a blog for the rest of us to enjoy.
I think Mayhem is the perfect first post for this new adventure in offering classes out of my house because as we get older, we seem to be more easily scared out of trying new things. Mayhem made this outfit using just her imagination, some construction paper, glue and tape. No pattern, tape measure, fancy french curve ruler, scissors, pins or sewing machine. And she looks a-mazing. Learning how to operate a sewing machine is easy, I promise. It's letting go of all the pre-conceived notions or voices from the outside telling you that you can't do it / you're too old / you're not creative enough / any other shitty excuse we use to stop ourselves from diving into something new. If you want to make clothes, make clothes! Look at little Mayhem. Not a care in the world about anything except her own creative drive. We all have to put on something to wear in the morning. Wouldn't if make life that more fun if it was something you made yourself?!