Saturday, October 06, 2007

In which I attempt to be creative...

So, again my plans got cancelled due to Patrick's job and I missed my first night out in weeks and weeks. Not really surprised when he called last night. But disappointed that I wasn't able to follow thru with plans... Again. Not his fault. Just the way the job goes. Sucks, cuz I really needed time away from the house and kids.
It's hot and humid and I am MAD about that. October is supposed to be mainly cool with a FEW warm days. Not days and days of hot and muggy. Frickin global warming. Scares me to death to think of what the normal conditions will be in 5 years. My kids will grow up thinking that fall is in November and that winter is a month or two of cold weather.
I bought material for Justin's Halloween costume yetserday. This year, he wants to be a knight. Looking around, I didn't see any costumes that were worth the money or were what he really wanted to be, so I decided to sew it this year. (insert head smacking here. Go ahead. I'll wait...) Corinne and I hit the fabric store (only got lost for 20 minutes! Only had the van die once on a busy corner!!) and we walked around, looking at the material. Found a good red on sale and a silver on sale for the tunic and hood/cape etc. Cut it, bought it, got it home.... And... the red had flowers on it. Yes. I am a loser. HOWEVER!! The red material reversed is gonna work, so the flowers will be on the inside. Just thought that it FIGURES that the first time in 5 years that I attempt to sew again, and I screwed up the first step.

I apparently screwed up step 2, as well, when I started cutting before pre-washing. Oh well. My nails will eventually go back to their regular color...

Now, I am a person that doesn't get all anal about measurements and such. I rarely use a recipe (to be honest, I rarely cook. BUT when I do? I can do a good job with just being creative), and I don't see much use for patterns on most projects. I think you can figure out a basic shirt or pants by just inspecting what you already have and recreating it. And for a Halloween costume? Perfection is really unimportant. We're going for a look, not something that will win contests. So, as I talk on the phone to my sister, I eyeballed the tunic and freehand cut the pieces for it. I then figured out how to make a hood by tracing a hood off of his sweatshirt and did that, too. I cut pieces for the neck drape thing and even made some calf coverings to look like boots. Now, we'll just see if my sewing machine still works and if I remember how to thread a bobbin... Hmmmm.... If all else fails, I can go to my mom's house and commandeer her sewing room. She has made lots of the kids' costumes. I'll see if I can post a few of them, here. I've made a few of their costumes, too, but they were BASIC to be blunt.

Oh, and as I'm cutting it all yesterday, Evan walks in and says "Where's MY costume??" This, of course, after he and I had a lengthy conversation when he decided to be a Power Ranger again. I told him I couldn't just whip another knight's costume out of thin air and he said he really wanted to be a Ranger, so I silently did a jig and said "Ok, no problem." So, NOW he wants to be a knight, too.... Grrrr.... I don't know if I have it in me to make two. Especially since I haven't even made ONE yet. We'll see. Maybe he can be bought off?
Wish me luck with the machine...

(Harry Potter by Nana and a fairy princess made by ME. 2006)

Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy by Nana, 2006.

Little Indian by Nana and Cowboy by Mommy, 2002 (Ok, the cowboy costume entailed buying a hat at a garage sale, borrowing a neckerchief from Daddy and sewing by hand a little vest with a star on it, but SO WHAT?) Oh, and the Indian had moccassins too. And that blue thing on his head is actually a very tall headdress that he kept pushing back.


Phoenix said...

Cute comments....all of them.

Hey, at your kids school is there a bullitin board? Some teens who baby-sit tend to put up flyers at schools. Or maybe you have a teen or pre-teen neighbor? Your kids are old enough, I'd think, for a sitter. And teens who have taken classes in it make awesome sitters. Plus, they are generally cheap.

Just an idea. :)

painted maypole said...

when i went to make curtains last year it had been about 5 years since I had used my sewing machine, and I couldn't figure out why the needle would not go up and down. Called a sewing friend. Called my mom. No clue. was about to take it to a repair shop when I thought to myself "Something is moving, I can hear it. What is is it??" Pressed the pedal. Listened. Repeat until I discover... the bobbin winder is spinning!! Switchy that off and.... miraculously the needle goes up and down.


I'm just glad I didn't embarrass myself at a repair show.

Unknown said...

I made a trip to the fabric store yesterday, and I am praying that I have everything necessary to create a vampire cape, witches costume, and ice princess costume (all designs in my head, course).

FYI~ be sure to check out this post I wrote so you can share your homemade costumes on my site!!

PS - I'm coming to the realization that homemade doesn't necessarily mean less expensive. DOH!

Swistle said...

YOWSER. You're submitting instructions to Maybe Painted Pink, right? THE REST OF US NEED YOUR WISDOM.

Miss Hope said...

My mother sews the costumes for medievel times for all over the country. They are ornate and beautiful. Me? I can't even hem a pair of pants. I can do a button and that's it.

That being are awesome. If I can't buy it? They don't get it.

Tricia said...

Around our house you have to chose by Oct. 1 -AND NO switching!

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