Friday, October 16, 2009

A Stitch in Time.

Halloween. One little word with so much behind it.
What I hear is costume. Actually I should say - costume drama.
The school the six year old goes to encourages independent imagination and creativity - so no media characters. In theory I love this idea. In reality it means lots of work for me.

She wants to be a mermaid. I need to make a mermaid costume that she can run and play in. She wants "shell boobies" I say not a chance, come back when you're sixteen.
She wants a wig and a trailing fish tail. I want a sewing machine and some sewing skills.

We will find a compromise - I will sew for days and she will love it however it turns out. The husband will be sick of hearing about it - probably by tomorrow.

That's for school. Then there's actual Halloween. We like to do a family theme. this year it's Wizard of Oz. I know what you're thinking - why not have a theme that involves a mermaid. I believe that makes me a flounder or a crab. I'm going with Glinda - thank you very much.

I am fully aware that I make this complicated for myself but really I wouldn't have it any other way. Halloween just wouldn't be the same if we didn't have a dining room table covered in fabrics. Now I just need the six year old to NOT change her mind......


  1. Ha! You try a 9 year old girl who wants to dress up like "Hari Krishna"(the orange toga isn't an issue but perhaps the shaved head is) and a 4 year old boy who wants to dress up as a "queen". I think a mermaid seems like a breeze.

  2. Yeah, I start breaking into a cold sweat every October 1st, thinking about the work it's going to take to get my daughter costumed by the 31st. However, the sad reality is that I won't go shopping for the fabric until the afternoon of the 30th, and then I'll pull an all-nighter to have her costume ready by Halloween. It's like some twisted tradition that I started for myself without a taking a vote when I was a sleep-deprived mother of a newborn.

  3. Take care that you don't make the costume too wonderful, unless you like it enormously; I sewed a fabulous lioness costume one year for my six-year-old daughter, and she proceeded to live in it for a year! She convinced me to sew another one from a pattern of a larger size when the original became too scruffy and tight. Choose wisely, Moms!


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