Thursday, October 1, 2009
Mermaid, bird, toad, praying mantis.
Here is the project I began when my parents came to visit. The project I had NO BUSINESS starting, as it was September and my house has been a mess for 6 years. And I will say that this was WAY bigger than me, as I have lately been empowered to just "wing it" when it comes to sewing, and so I figured I would throw it together without a pattern.
Which is awesome, except for the fact that I have never sewn anything resembling a shell bikini or a large fish tail.
My first guess on size (determined by "eyeballing" how big I though G was), was almost a disaster, as this top fits PERFECTLY. Let's just say she is allowed to eat, and grow (slightly) and breathe. But not at the same time.
I need to stitch the left side ruffle up some to even it out, but overall, I am happy with the results. Here was my inspiration (Chasing Fireflies, $78), so you can judge me on accuracy:
This is the one and ONLY costume I am making this year. After the Thomas the Train debacle of 2008, I swore I would never make a costume again. Ha. I just am not all that crazy about my 7-year-old being Hannah Montana or Garbriella from High School Musical. Or the hyena from Lion King (true request). And I dislike them, not because I have a problem with any of these shows...but because they aren't CUTE! I mean, little girl, fairy princess, I-believe-in-magic CUTE! I only have so long before she wants to throw on a mini skirt and thigh-high boots, and be some version of a sexy kitten/nurse/go-go dancer. So I'll take mermaid while I can.
L, on the other hand is going as Big Bird. Which, I realize, isn't "girly" cute, but it is soooooo L. My little L who is unbelievably attached to a soft bowling pin, shaped like a kitty. If I could figure out how to make THAT as her costume (without the tapered bottom threatening to topple her), I would. Anyway, she is also incredibly stuck on Big Bird, as it is the only movie she ever cares to watch....so Big Bird it is.
Photos to come (after Halloween) of the Big Bird and the mermaid. Stay tuned.
Oh. And in case you are wondering who would win in a battle between a garden toad and a praying mantis....well, I'd call it even. Frizzle attacked the praying mantis MY HUSBAND threw into his habitat, only to spit him out when it was obvious he would be unable to swallow an insect twice his body length. They are now sitting peacefully at opposite ends of the tank.
Just in case this kept you up at night.