Thursday, November 1, 2012

happy halloween!



Say hello to our little Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz!  She got to show off her costume last night at a fun Halloween party some friends of ours hosted.  I think she was deee-lighted about all the toys and kids and couldn't care less about anything else, including the candy.  We'll keep the illusion going for another year or two that Halloween has nothing to do with candy...

As of 12pm on Halloween, Lena did not have a costume, and the party started at 5pm.  At the store earlier that day I had looked half-heartedly at costumes, but the crafter in me said, "You have to make a costume!  Even if it's a brown paper bag... you've got to make something!  Come on!"

Back at home, I dejectedly searched for "last minute homemade Halloween costume."  (It's not a fun search to make.)  Eventually I settled on this cute snail costume even though I secretly suspected Lena wouldn't wear it.  I don't know many 1.5-year-olds who will keep a hairband on their heads or a "backpack" on their backs.

As a last ditch effort, I pulled open my fabric drawer and saw this cute blue-and-white gingham.  All at once the pieces fell into place.  Dorothy!  "I have a white blouse that would work... and a basket she can carry with a stuffed animal inside to be Toto... and I can put her hair in pigtails... and she has maroon leather shoes that will be a bit of a stretch, but a) I just couldn't put red glitter on them even if I owned some and b) they're so stinkin' cute that no one will care...." 

Now the question remained: could I make her a dress from this piece of fabric??  I stared at the fabric and then studied photos of Dorothy, and very quickly the whole idea came together.  I pulled out my sewing machine and shears, cut up the fabric into a few simple rectangles, and started sewing everything together.  In a couple of hours I was able to craft something that fit her, even despite the fact that the only thing she wanted to do with the measuring tape was put it around her neck. 

I'm proud of it!  At any rate, it's better than her Halloween costume last year...

14 comments:

  1. So very cute! And I would've given her a kiss, and some candy.

    Grampa

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    1. I know she wished you were there... candy or not!

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  2. Wow, I'm so impressed. I didn't realize that you made the dress! You are so talented. We were glad that you made it to the party.

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    1. Thanks for the invite, Emily. It was our big event out on the town to celebrate Halloween! We loved spending it with you and your crew.

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  3. Wow lady! You are so crafty!

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  4. Fab outfit! I love it. Lena looks adorable....

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  5. That's adorable!! She looks so sweet!! I can't believe you made it so quickly!

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  6. Aww! She's so adorable! And her little boots are too cute! She looks like a pretty doll!

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  7. Somewhere over the rainbow
    Skies are blue,
    And the dreams that you dare to dream
    Really do come true.

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  8. It just makes me smile with happiness. I'd love to know how you put it together:-)

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  9. Wow! It is incredible that you made such a cute costume, and pulled together so quickly! Lena is adorable :)

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  10. Very impressive! I thought I was doing good to make a pipe cleaner halo five minutes before we walked out the door to trick or treat. You definitely get the best last minute costume award!

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  11. Great job!! It came together very nicely. I would never think it was last minute.

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