Hello, gentle readers. It’s been two whole weeks since I posted. Yikes. I have been swamped with coursework and, thus, have been unable to post. Things are just starting to get manageable…. going into mid-term week. >< So, I’ll be posting intermittently for the rest of this term (five weeks). Here’s hoping I chose classes with a lighter writing load for November and December! I apologize for the lack of posts but I assure you, I am learning many business things and the like. (I know, that sounds so incredibly reassuring!)
To keep down some of the stress – some of these papers have been on controversial subjects with SUPER short deadlines (three days in most instances) – I have also been sewing. What might I be sewing? Costumes of course! Yes, it’s that time of year when I indulge my kiddos and sew whatever costume their little minds concoct for me. (one year I came this [ ] close to convincing my oldest son to be the 10th Doctor for Halloween. He, of course, changed his mind two weeks before the holiday and went as Super Mario. Bummer).
Right this very moment, I have a turtle pokemon (Squirtle for those of you in the know) and Spiderman in the works.
Neither are what you would call “easy feats.” But, sometimes it’s good to challenge one’s self!
Squirtle is turning out rather well. I have to make mittens, the hood, tail and spats. And then I must and devise some way to attach the turtle shell and tail. Last year, I sewed Pikachu – that little adorable lightning mouse who’s been the game’s mascot for ever so many years – and my youngest son still wears it on weekends and evenings when the mood strikes him. Here are a few photos of Halloween and Pikachu last year:
Yes, that’s me in the background. My only regret for this costume is that we never found a way to properly support those cute little ears and the tail. Aside from that, it was adorable and he loves it so very much. You can see my other son in a store bought costume. Why? Because he insisted he had to be Ironman and I was not feeling up to the task to cast resin (nor did I have the time or know how, really, to do so). I guess I take cosplay a little seriously… but I figure if you’re going to take the time and spend the money to make a costume, you should do it well.
Both Pikachu and now Squirtle are cut using the same McCall’s pattern, MP238, which is their generic animal costume for kids and adults. It’s such an easy pattern with really great instructions. This is, in fact, the pattern that taught me how to insert a hidden zipper. Perhaps that’s why I love it so!
Spiderman is in pieces; I have the boots and gloves cut out and am working on the cowl, err, mask? (…I am now wondering if that’s the right word for his mask… I am a bad, bad Spiderman fan for not knowing!) Spidey is taking longer because I literally have no pattern. Right now, I’m using a pair of Long underwear as sort of a guide.
So, I should have pictures of those soon-ish. Stay tuned for more updates next week!
That’s all I have for today. Hope you have a lovely weekend!