Monday, October 24, 2005

What do you mean it's October

So I'm happily knitting on my Socktober socks when I get an e-mail. An earth shattering, life changing e-mail. It seemed simple enough. Someone suggested that we have our children wear their Halloween costumes to playgroup this Thursday. Sounds like fun. My first thought was that it was awfully early in the month to have Halloween Costumes, but hey when in Rome. Then I realize what the actual date is. Halloween is next week! I have not even begun to consider Halloween costumes. I've been too busy knitting socks.

So I start shopping for costumes. Usually I make them, but this year I thought I would just buy them considering playgroup is Thursday. I didn't want to kill myself sewing three costumes in less than a week with my questionable sewing skills. I looked everywhere. Either I couldn't find the costume in their size, or they didn't have what they wanted to wear, or I just couldn't justify the expense for such a poorly made item. It is truly a sad day when the sewing job I do is superior to that of the store item.

So Sunday I went out and bought this

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Now my challenge is to turn this jumble of colors and textures into three beautiful, creative costumes for my children. Some day I'll entertain you with my history with sewing machines. I have a talent for breaking them, yet I keep sewing. I literally, no exaggeration, broke three machines when I was sewing my son's crib bedding (first mine, then my Mothers, then my neighbors. Makes you wonder why on earth my neighbor loaned me her machine in the first place). It was not pretty. Well the crib bedding was so pretty, and the crib skirt was perfect. But the pile of broken machines? Not pretty. So far I have only broken two needles and I'm almost done with Pork Chop's costume. Unfortunately it is huge. I always buy her dresses in a size six, so I made her costume in a size six, and I should have gone with a five. Oh well. She'll be able to wear it for years. I'm just going to have to figure out how to hem six inches of fabric from a bell shaped dress. Did I mention I'm fine with straight lines, but curved lines actually scare me?

So while I am leaving a trail of sewing pins through the apartment I will be neglecting this

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Don't they look fabulous? I love them. Here's a close up of the front lace pattern

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Isn't it pretty? I think of them while I'm ripping out ill-sewn seams. Tomorrow I'm taking my Mom to chemo, and since I don't feel like lugging the sewing machine with me I'll be able to knit away tomorrow afternoon guilt free. See, every cloud has a silver lining.


tArA nIcHoLe said...

This year Callie and Taylor want to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz for Halloween. Thankfully, my mom had sewn them Dorothy dresses this summer and they got Ruby slippers for their birthday back in August. (THey are obsessed with the Wizard of Oz). So... I have nothing to do for Halloween this year!

I am an expert at the seam ripper. I have this habit of not reading directions too closely and sometimes, patterns are not that open to "interpretation."

Good Luck with the sewing!!

Amy said...

This year I waited until the Disney Store costumes were on sale, and just let them pick out whatever...we'll have a Mulan, a Prince Philip (for the sword and shield of course) and a Stitch, aptly chosen by none other than Mama.
Last Halloween I was sewing a set of Woody and Jessie Toy Story costumes on my best friend's machine as mine was (ahem) broken. Nope, actually that was the day *before* Halloween. I was making the felt boots and braiding the red haired doll wig the day of...It was cute, but somehow I wisely decided this year not to even try. My son said if I wore my red sweater again I could go as an apple....gotta love that boy.

kimberly said...

I know just what you mean, Halloween and Christmas just kind of creep up on you! All of a sudden they are there. I've been reluctantly negelcting my knitting for over a week now to get my costumes sewn. It's a lot of work, but so worth it. I can't wait to see yours. My daughter's dress is also two sizes too big. Oh well. I love those socks. The color is gorgeous.

candsmom said...

Your socks are looking fabulous!! And two at one time... how sassy is that? I've broken sewing machines too- we definitely should not hang out together. No more DIY costumes for me. Good luck with all the sewing!!

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