But halloween is actually the origins of my sewing skills (well, there was that skirt I made in 4H as a girl, and the tote-bag I made in home-ec, but does that really count?). Costumes are a safe, fun place for beginning sewing because mistakes are ok, puckers are overlooked, sleeves can be different lengths and no one cares, and everything - EVERYTHING can be fastened with velcro eliminating the need for those nasty buttonholes and terrifying zippers!
So I made costumes for my babies and toddlers, who grew quickly into kids who now think I can make anything and every year push that to new limits. Someday I'm going to have to utter the words, "I can't," but until that day, halloween makes me supermom - and since, like every other mom out there, I feel completely inadequate every day, being supermom for a while feels great! I can't keep up on their homework, there's always at least one kid who hates what I make for dinner, I'm never sure if I should force the chores or let them play, I'm always conflicted between work and time with kids, I'm always a little bit late and a lot of energy short to be the mom I want to be - but at Halloween, I rock! And the reward is the joy I get from seeing how much fun my kids have becoming whatever they've chosen to be that year. They move differently, they talk differently, they get to live a day in imagination and I love it.
I hope to get a bunch of fun posts up soon, but in the meantime, I'm posting pics of the costumes that have kept me from blogging (or cleaning, or doing laundry, or eating.....) for the past several weeks :) Maybe I'll even get around to posting some of my costumes of the past sometime - a gallery of insanity!
|My youngest was Cinderella - obviously. This costume was made using Simplicity 4764 for the dress, a modified sleeve I designed myself, and the peplum from McCalls 6420. The bodice design I made up and painted in puffy fabric paint sprinkled with super-fine glitter - there are also Swarovski crystals throughout the design. |
The headband is made in the same way I made my nautical headbands, with craft foam covered in fabric - and then painted, glittered and bejeweled to match the bodice of the dress. The gloves were store-bough child stretch satin that I modified to slim down and actually fit.
Under the dress is a full slip with net ruffles for fullness. I also made a white polar fleece cloak trimmed in that curly fleece stuff that looks like fur but feels silky - that way the costume doesn't get covered u by a pink parka for trick-or-treating and ruin the whole princess look.
One more funny note - the choker, a necessary Cinderella element, is actually a bra strap I saved when the bra broke :) My husband mocks me for saving everything, but it's times like these I am justified. I wanted the necklace to be elastic, so it would fit snuggly without being restrictive like ribbon would be. But most elastic is dull and looks, well, like elastic. The bra strap had a satin finish, was elastic, and was absolutely perfect! Sew on a snap, & voila!