Earlier this month Samantha came home from church so excited because her leader, Kathy, loves halloween and wanted to make a costume for her. Kathy is extremely talented and can sew like no other. She also is the mother of adult sons and missed out on the world of girls that I inhabit. Her sons had amazing costumes growing up (so I hear) but what to do with all the great girl costume possibilities? Throw a murder mystery dinner party for 16-17 year olds and then make a bunch of the costumes! Sam was a steampunk sheriff with a fabulous costume. She will wear this for the rest of her life! Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the back of the jacket. 2 layers of bustle on top of the long back - very cool. Way beyond my skill set.
Sydney was not invited to the 16-17 year old party but that does not mean she wanted to miss out on a fabulous costume. She went with Sam to Kathy's for a fitting and came home with a pattern and the statement, "Mom, Kathy said you could make this!" This being a jacket that was beyond anything I had ever sewn before. Sydney wanted to be a steampunk aviator. 20 hours of cutting, sewing, unpicking, ironing & more sewing later Sydney had the most awesome thing I have ever sewn in my life.
Gretchen somehow latched on to the idea of Little Red Riding Hood. How can you go wrong with a big red cape? Fortunately I've made a couple capes before and knew that would not be a problem. I found some great fabric, made the cape & then realized I needed to make a skirt or something to wear under the cape. That wasn't very hard to do & she loved it.
Julia decided to be a ninja and was happy with a costume ordered online, bless her little mom loving heart. I did make it up to her though. When Gretchen discovered she loved the little red skirt because it was mid calf length and she could twirl in it, she wanted to wear it to church, school, everywhere. I was a bit hesitant letting her run around looking like a picnic table so I offered to make another skirt with some different fabric. Since I was sewing for Gretchen, I sewed for Julia too. She was equally happy with her skirts and I became super mom.
My girls all had a much better Halloween thanks to Sam's advisor. If Sam's costume hadn't been so amazing I doubt I would have spent so much time sewing for the Syd, G & J. I did not work in the studio at all during October. My head is full of pots to make. I'm anxious to get started on those!