So it's Halloween. Boo. Special K and I aren't usually celebrators of said day of ghoulish extravagance; but, when you have a kid who actually "gets" it, you really don't have much of a choice, do you?
My kid wanted to be the Travelocity Roaming Gnome for Halloween (thank you Travelocity and your incessant advertising during the Amazing Race--what, you don't consider The Amazing Race "educational TV?!" Hello? Travel and culture! And the snarky banter of dysfuntional couples, I mean there is so much to learn!). So because I decided to be Supermom this week, that's what he dressed up has for Halloween. Sort of, he had no interest in wearing the belt (the belt that took an hour of my precious crafting time, but there you are). I will put the details for the costumery in the gallery, but most of my trials and tribulations are going to be covered in this post, for those who are interested in such things.
The gnome hat was the easiest thing. 1) Measure head circumference (in this case, 21 inches--yes, he's got a big noggin). Take red (or any color you like, but I needed to use red) felt sew a 2 inch hem for the base of the hat (it gives it that "finished" look), 3) measure off the head circumference at that base and add whatever you like for a seam allowance (I did an inch extra for a half inch seam allowance, do whatever makes you happy). 4) Decide how tall you want the hat (I opted to use the head circumference as my guide, it came out pretty tall, again do what makes you happy). 5) Center your height measurement from the base and draw a triangle. 6) Cut and sew, 7) turn hat inside out. 8) Smile, with tons of self-satisfaction because you just made an uber cute gnome hat.
The jacket, was not as easy. Granted, this jacket was the first article of clothing I have ever sewn. Clearly, I was not thinking rationally when I decided that this would be a good project to cut my teeth on garment sewing. I mean really, collars, facings, buttonholes? Oh, and pattern modification because the pattern was for a short-sleeved shirt and not a jacket...right.
I modified a child's camouflage shirt pattern for the jacket because it had the length and basic look (style, not the fabric itself) that I was going for (I liked the collars...before I started sewing the jacket). I figured the sleeves could just be lengthened. And really a jacket is just a collared shirt made of heavier fabric with a lot more ease.....right? It seemed to work out okay, but don't look to closely at the collar, it is, as the kids like to say these days, jacked up. I had no idea what I was doing, the step-by-step directions may have skipped a few steps so I just sort of made things up as I went along. And seriously, I need a foot attachment to make buttonholes, because the three buttonholes in this jacket almost made me gouge my own eyes out (thank you Christina for helping me decipher the directions in the big book of sewing).
The boots were some funny green rain boots purchased at the local target that I covered with black electrical tape. Little Sir thought the eyes were weird, so he wouldn't wear them before.
There was a belt too. A cardboard buckle painted metallic silver with black felt cut to size. Little Sir had very strong feelings about the belt. Namely, he wasn't having it. Take a look for yourself. This look of mortification is the same look I sometimes get when asking for a hug now (usually accompanying the statment, "no mommy, you are too big." Lovely).
In the midst of the Halloween madness I made a pie, because, you know, Pushing Daisies was on on Wednesday night...and that is what I do...make pie while watching said show. Chocolate Mousse Pie.
This chocolate awesomeness was a really easy recipe (a lot of dirty dishes though). I didn't feel like messing about with a spring foam pan (who is lazy and pregnant?!) and just used a large tart pan with a removable bottom (a method I would recommend to you, should you decide to make this easy and tasty pie/tart treat). The side benefit is a few ramekins of chocolate mousse to enjoy later.
And then I made festive cupcakes. I guess my anti-Halloween days are over. Maybe next year I will make myself a costume. Because, you know, I am all about the garment sewing now.