There is something about autumn that wakes up the craftiness in me. I may only use my sewing machine and glue gun for Halloween and Christmas, but it often totals the entire 3 months. And then the craftiness in me hibernates another 9 months. I always think I will keep it going; I do, after all, enjoy it, but it takes that long to recover from the late nights of those last months of the year.
This year we went with a more loosely held theme for Halloween. We had everyone choose someone from history. After Ethan chose an obscure Japanese ruler from a PS3 game called Civilization Revolution, we limited it to Western history. I made a total of 5 tunics without a pattern. I had no idea how easy they were. May need to figure out how to always use tunics in my costumes.
I made spider cookies and our traditional Dinner in a Pumpkin. Peter and the kids carved a couple pumpkins. But mostly I sewed, measured, glued, and painted. Here is the breakdown:
Peter was Caesar. I was particularly proud of his costume because I made it all without a pattern. The laurel wreath took some thinking, but gold spray paint, hot glue, old fake leaves a I already had, and pipe cleaners did the trick.
I was Cleopatra. A little but of a frumpy Cleo, but I can't complain. Also made up the costume without a pattern.
Elise was Amelia Earhart. This costume was chosen before knowing about the movie. Her costume was store bought and she has been wearing the jacket for over a week again.
Ryan was King Tut. My sister helped me with ideas for the headpiece. The snake was a rubber one that I cut the head off and spray painted.
Ethan was Leif Ericson. Another costume I made up completely. The shield is a pizza pan and the helmet was a cheap plastic one I fancied up.
Kirsti was Queen Elizabeth. When we went trick or treating, she was every one's favorite. I bought the dress (I have made princess dresses before and knew what a pain they were), but added the white collar. After looking all over town for a red wig, I gave up and spray painted a blond one.
Joseph was Abraham Lincoln. His was the first pattern I used. Couldn't think of another way to get the old fashioned coat. The beard was left over of Ethan's cape and a cut up sock. The hat was foam.
Matthew was Joseph and the multicolored coat. Made up that one, too. He hurt his leg a few days before Halloween and wouldn't put any weight on it. So we carried him the near mile around the block.