Recently, we were given a $25 FashionPlaytes gift certificate to try out this fun new sight for girls. I knew right away I was going to share the opportunity with Mackenna, my five year, my fellow Project Runway obsessor (is that a word? we do obsess- we analyze and critique every step and decision of every show together, EVERY week), my "I want to be a designer when I grow up", my until you buy me a sewing machine, I will continue to
staple and tape create clothing for myself and my dolls out of tin foil, wax paper, wrapping paper and ribbon scraps girl.
Fashion Playtes is a website were you (your child) can design their own clothes, one item or a whole collection, and you have the option of buying them too. Seriously. They will create the item of clothing your child designed and send it to you (them). How cool is that concept?!
Before visiting the website,
I was a little leary for two reasons:
2) technical difficulty
Both of my fears were put to rest immediately.
The sight was so easy to navigate that my 5 year old started the design process while I was getting my camera!
And the prices are extremely reasonable for this type of activity.
Shirts and skirts start at $12 and dresses at $14!!
Mackenna started with a $14 dress
and added an underlayer...
as you add each design element,
the price tag of your garment readjusts
and you can add, take off, and re-add elements as many times as you'd like... so it's super easy to prioritze your choices if you are designing within a budget. (you know, like on Project Runway)
Though I let Mackenna go all out today,
since I only had to pay the difference,
she was initially happy an emblem back for under $25!
This design (and price tag) includes
a personalized garment tag sewn on the back.
Mackenna is counting the days until it gets here,
and now I am counting the girls that I can gift with a Fashion Playtes.com gift certificate- it will definitely be the coolest gift at parties!! Not to mention great for Easter and, like us today, a sick (or rainy) day surprise. And I'm already planning ahead for Christmas too. I want to give every girl I know a chance to design and own one of these garments- they are "sew" cool.
I was even playing around with the designs and I signed up for their newsletter because I noticed that they hold fun design contests for the girls and I don't want my girls to miss their chance to enter the next one. I'm telling you, you've got to check out this website - with or without your daughters. ;)