Tuesday, October 30, 2007

You win some, you lose some

Okay, so it's the night before Halloween and I am officially finished with everyone's costumes. Ben wanted to be a pirate, Ellie a witch, Claire a witch (although if you ask her, she says "A Halloween") and Macy a doctor. We already had the doctor scrubs, so Macy was easy, but the other three required a little more work on my part.

I finished Ellie's dress (Simplicity 5402-OOP-I think) on Friday in time for a party on Saturday. Here she is in the dress she deemed "perfect":
I finished putting the velcro on Claire's dress today. No picture yet, but the dress is almost just like Ellie's, just different black sparkly fabric for the skirt and no sequins on the bodice. I'll take a picture of everyone tomorrow and post.

Then there was Ben. I stayed up until 1:00 this morning working on the pants and vest. Today during Claire's and Ellie's "rest" time I worked on the shirt. The pattern (Simplicity 3644) is not by any means difficult, just a lot of pieces and lets face it I'm pregnant, still bothered by nausea and by the time evening comes, soooo tired. I didn't get to even cut out anything until 9:00 last night and although I wasn't planning on entering the costume in the fair, even so, I try to employ some standards.

This afternoon after Claire decided to paint the floor, numerous tattlings from Ellie ("Claire hit me again!") I got the shirt mostly finished by the time Ben got home from school. Had him try on the outfit and then came the tears. Nothing was right except for the vest. I think the "puffy" shirt was just a bit too much for him. I knew this was going to happen. He looked so cute. I told him not to worry, we'd figure something out. So tomorrow for school and Trick or Treating he's just going to wear jeans, a white t-shirt and the vest I made (along with the Hat and eye patch which were either purchased or gifts). But I did convince him to put on the outfit once I got the buttons on the vest and I took a picture so at least I'll have the memory of all the hard work I put into the outfit. Here's my son who is too embarrassed to be seen at school like this (shh, don't tell):I promise not to bring this picture out again until after he's married and his wife stays up making a costume for her son or daughter and they won't wear it either. In my defense, I showed Ben the pattern before I bought it. It was just like the outfits he saw in Target and other stores that were $30.00 and made out of that cheap poly material that is just nasty. I used my winnings from the "You be the judge" contest and had plenty left over. The material for the vest and the buttons I already had in my stash.

I'm off to do the dishes by hand since our dishwasher decided to stop working. Then I'll iron some shirts for my husband and make some items for my daughter's first grade party tomorrow, but no more sewing for me tonight thanks.


mamafitz said...

oh micki. :( keep the costume in the dress up box, and it'll eventually get used and loved (connor used calvin's scrubs this year to be a doctor -- those things are at least 8-9 years old!).

Mary said...

Oh, bummer. I actually took a few years off of costume making because of things like this happening. Try to think about the successes!