Halloween ended up being a marathon session of angst ridden night sewing, but dang it, I got it all done in time. Despite patterns with no pictures, patterns that mysteriously went missing (HAWTHORNE), and last minute scrambles to change plans, everyone got what they asked for. Halloween coincided with Fall Kids Clothes Week this year too, so I was busily plugging away at my hour (plus) every day of that. Of course because I was really working, I also had no time to like….blog or participate in the KCW community. So it’s like it never happened I guess.
Clover finally got her dream come true after a year of me refusing to go there. The Elsa dress happened. But at least it wasn’t the ubiquitous blue floaty thing. So there’s that.
Violet weirdly asked to be Bilbo, despite LOTR being Clover’s thing. Spiderman, anything Lego Movie, animals. Those all would have seemed very Violet. But she asked to be Bilbo! So I sewed her some pocketses for her ring.
Hawthorne(‘s daddy) requested Han Solo, which was heartbreakingly cute.
Clover was taking forever to choose anything to be for Halloween. A barrage of suggestions resulted in a bunch of hemming and hawing and no decision, so finally I caved and just agreed to make the Elsa dress for her.
I even went to Joanns and bought the licensed insane simplicity pattern for it, and got the least offensive fabrics I could pull together there. Some Kona black and blue special occasion stuff. A few fat quarters of quilting cotton for the appliques.
I was really not into the idea of making it, and scared of the pattern. So I put it off till last. But at some point between when we were carrying the pattern around in the store and when I went to make it, a whole sheet of pattern pieces got lost. Hawthorne was obsessed with the packaging and kept stealing it to carry around. Who knows where that beast is. So I had to scramble to come up with an alternative.
And I think the alternative is way more comfortable and wearable than the first version was going to be. So there. The dress all knit except for the linen bias tape I painted gold. And the skater dress was so quick to put together that I had time to draft and sew a cape to go with it. So there, again.
Clover loves it. I mean LOVES it. You could see the Elsa dreams go pulsing through her as soon as she pulled it on and stood in the living room. And we both win because she gets her wish of an Elsa dress, and I don’t have to suffer through looking at her wearing some plastic costume from Target that ends up getting worn day in and day out, getting rattier and trashier looking until I have to burn it in my mind and sneak it into the trash. Homeschool is great. You can pretty much wear what you want all day. But that means I have to look at their wardrobe choices all day long too. A person can only take so much cheap, trashy princess dress. Some things are only made to be worn a few times.
Clover isn’t the only one who loves the dress either. Violet, who doesn’t even like princesses is devastated because Clover won’t let her just wear it whenever she feels like it. And poor Hawthorne shed many many big tears over not being able to have it. I let him wear it once before it was all the way done, and his poor heart was broken when he never got it back.
The dress is made of black Alabama Chanin knit, merino wool knit, some scraps of blue ribbing (I ran out of the merino and couldn’t do the bodice with it) and linen bias tape for the trim. Details are freezer paper stenciled on.
The cape is self drafted by draping some scrap fabric on her for the yoke, and made out of an organic cotton sheet I’ve had in my stash for ages and ages.
Pattern is the Skater Dress by Kitschy Coo
Next there’s Bilbo Baggins. I feel like I didn’t nearly get enough photos of this outfit up close considering the pain and mental torture I endured to get it done. Just know – the photos don’t adequately convey the struggle.
Here’s a weird action figure shot of the outfit I was going for. It’s surprisingly difficult to find a great screen cap of it on google image search, despite the LOTR world being so fiendishly beloved by computer geeks of all kinds out there.
The blazer is awesome and really pulls it all together, but MAN. BURDA. DEATH. Never again will I sew a Burda pattern, unless it’s something I know I fully understand without the aid of one single diagram or picture. Really. They give you nothing. Just a set of super vague instructions for something like a blazer with lapels and a collar and things I’ve never constructed before. Thank God for youtube. I watched a ton of videos that seemed similar to what I was supposed to do, and then I just forced it to come out looking relatively like it’s supposed to.
The pattern is a boys blazer pattern from Burda that I won’t even bother finding to link up here. It’s made with delicious Kaufman Shetland Flannel in red herringbone. I love their flannel. It’s worthy of a blazer. So thick and comfortable and almost like a wool. I got it on fabric.com
Her vest was easy. Just a modded version of the explorer vest in Little Things To Sew. I sewed it in a cheaper olive flannel from fabric.com. The vest itself wasn’t perfect as a dressier buttoned version – its supposed to be boxier and open in the front if you go by the pattern, but it works well enough for halloween.
The shorts were easy too. Sketchbook shorts pattern from Oliver and S. I find that they come out pretty long if I sew the pattern as is, which worked perfectly for me in this case. I needed hobbit shorts that come down to the calf. They’re sewn up in gorgeous gold Kaufman corduroy – also amazing like their flannel.
Her shirt is a modded Rowan Tee. I added a henley placket to it to sort of mimic the mandarin collar button up Bilbo wears, but with the comfort and quickness of a knit tee. She LOVES this shirt. Her opinion is that she needs to wear it every day all winter because its so warm and comfortable. I used an organic off white jersey from fabric.com
Sadly I hardly have any good pictures of Han Solo either. I kind of failed on the whole blogging the costumes front this year. There’s no good place to just run off and take pictures at in our house, and we were kind of on the go with a fussy toddler and wild 5 year old. We hit a homeschool halloween party at the library in their costumes, and then went trick or treating the next day.
I did manage to get a couple of quick shots of Hawthorne dressed up in front of an At-At and the girls filthy kid finger stained white bedroom door. Classy.
He really loves weaponry. In a way that his sisters never adopted. So he was happy to have a custom mom-made leather gun belt to tote around his “Pew!” in. He walked around for days in his gun belt with every outfit. Even PJs. Naturally I have no good pictures of it.
I did get a picture of his ridiculous upper cheek dimple though.
The vest is black chambray – another version of the explorer vest from Little Things To Sew
Shirt is the exact same thing as Violet’s. Modded Rowan Tee in organic jersey. Just smaller.
His pants are store bought jeans with red ribbon hand basted on.
Gun belt I sewed with some really soft leather I had in my stash, and attached to an old leather belt of mine. I looked at photos of Han Solo’s belt and went off of that, custom shaping it to the plastic gun we had. (and lost). He looks rad in it. It even snaps around his lower thigh.
What do you think about Violet’s saltwater sandals and striped holey socks? Yeah. I could NOT talk her out of that on the way out of the house. At least we were meeting up with other homeschoolers. We’re supposed to look awkward, right?
I super duper love these little weirdos of mine though. They bring a lot of struggle and sanctification, and a lot of joy and savoriness to life. My intention has been to get on here and throw up quick blog posts about our homeschool days, but it just hasn’t happened. Maybe the days aren’t as smooth and easy to describe, or as snapshot worthy for the most part. It’s been up and down, to be honest. Not that I think we should be doing something other than homeschool, but that we haven’t quite hit our stride or groove yet. But we will. With maturity and time, I think we will