October 31, 2014


So, Halloween costumes are done. This is going to be a long, boring discussion about sewing. There are pictures of kids at the end though. 

 The costumes weren't a total failure. But they weren't quite perfect either. Orianna wanted to be an Egyptian princess, Lily wanted to be an Indian Princess, and Gilbert and Elsie didn't get to choose. Gilbert was thrilled to be an astronaut, just like his cousin Elliott (who we stole the costume from) and Elsie got to be a gnome girl because I love gnomes and happened to have a red gnome hat from Gilbert's Gnome costume last year. 

So here are the basis for the kids outfits. 

Pretty specatular hm? This is from an enormously expensive catalog/site, chasing-fireflies.com, and I think for the whole get up, it would have run into the hundreds. (Note the plural at the end of hundred.) 

There were a lot of different things for Indian princess costumes, but this was the one Lily and I liked the best. (Maybe because the girl is so stinking cute.)

And this is the Little Gnome Girl costume from chasing-fireflies.com, which was about $60-$70. 

So with these pictures in my head and a list in my hand, I headed off to JoAnns. Where I quickly discovered that trim is not very cheap. After spending $40 for all this stuff I was a little disgusted. I could have bought two $20 costumes with absolutely no work involved. 

Last year I made myself use fabric and trim I already owned, so I spend about $0. $40 inflation in one year.... Me thinks next year might be back to zero. 

Lily's costume was pretty straightforward, no real problems. I didn't use a pattern, so the sleeve holes are a little tight, but otherwise, simple. 

Orianna's on the other hand was horrid. I hate that fabric. It bunches, it twists, picks up stains like no tomorrow, and it poofs in all the wrong places. 

This is me ripping out the first messed up attempt at a zipper. And I thought I was doing so well! until I turned it right side out and saw how messed up it was. I also didn't make enough of a seam allowance, so the raw edges of the fabric were not sewn down and were getting caught in the zipper. Wahhhh!

This is the second attempt. Yep, that is a huge swirl where I sewed extra fabric into the end. It was really easily fixed actually. Just pulled a stitch or two and it was back to normal, albeit, poofy.

To tame the poofy, I ironed it. Too hot as it happened. Which sort of melted a bit of the fabric and made everything nice and smooth, (and a little rough in patches.) It does look better anyway.....

Then, Lily needed something for her head...

Haha! This headdress was $4 on Amazon, so I got it, but it had us all laughing hilariously, so we will just use it for playing. 

Daddy had a leather braid headband he made that seemed pretty good, which is what we went with. (See what I mean about the sleeves being a little too tight? Annoying. Maybe I should use patterns.)

And this is a headdress Lily made a month or so ago for Halloween by pulling feathers out of my feather duster. 

Orianna's Amazon headdress. This was $10 and I am not really nuts about it. But she loved it. 

Gilbert and his $5 astronaut helmet. I love Amazon.

Orianna's belt and collar, done. The belt is too wide and the trim is wonky on the collar and belt, but she is thrilled. Which is the point anyway. When I just had the gold and red on the collar, it really, really looked like the beginning of a Mexican Party Sombrero. I had grave doubts. But at 9, the night before Halloween, you can't change direction, so I just kept on. Even after the blue trim went waaaay off course. I decided that makes it look sort of like a necklace. Ha. 

The final result. The dress isn't long enough, but she said "I'm so happy!" with a little bounce. So I wasn't about to tell her it wasn't perfect. 

My happy astronaut

Love these kids!

Gnomes and astronauts are always good friends!

The Halloween parade at school

This is the brother of one of Lily's friends, pretty cool truck!

Cool owl wings that you can't see. Someone cut out a lot of felt! It was pretty!

Fall fairy

Lily getting a hug

Lily's friend, Caleb, as an excavator. This is Caleb who has decided he is marrying Lily. He has given her a ring. She is not the least bit sure about marriage. But she likes the ring. 


Lily's class. A lot of the teachers dressed as Scrabble tiles. I was wondering if they spelled something all together, but I never saw them all together. 

A fat suit

This really cracked me up for some reason. Her hair was in curlers, lots of make-up, a bath robe, and pajamas. I felt like she should have a cigarette and a cup of coffee and talk out of the side of her mouth about disillusionment. 

And a tree on the way home.


Geri Douglas said...

Costumes were way cool and the kiss look great in them good job girl

Geri Douglas said...

give the kids a kiss but change my kiss in the above comment to kids

Virginia said...

You made those costumes?? You little maniac! I'm so impressed w/ your skills! You may poo-poo that comment, but let me assure you 90% of Americans would never have gotten past the fabric store. Love it!

Cecil and Amy said...

Great costumes. Kids don't see mistakes- they just love love love you for doing something special for them. I loved your disillusionment comment at the end with the girl in jammies. haha

Jolene Crites said...

They turned out great!!!!