We made wee pumpkins to package up treats in. I traced a cake pan to get circles of orange tissue paper and twisted it all up with some green floral tape. We made a couple of sizes to hold various things. These are the tiny ones.
He bought the wig and pin and sewed, gathered or constructed the rest. We went to the fabric store and he picked out what he wanted, down to elastic (which he ended up not using) and thread without so much as consulting me. Back at home and he started cutting and stitching. I worried a bit about the many things that he might not take into consideration as a novice sewer, but bit my tongue and stayed out of the way and as you can see he clearly had it all well in hand. The only thing he asked my advice on was the making of the gauntlets. I talked him through drafting a simple pattern based on his measurements and he executed it perfectly. I had absolutely no concerns about his ability to make his own accessories (a.k.a. weapons), which he carved and burned designs into.
Holy-moly. This one almost put me in an early grave. This boy and his ideas I tell ya! Whenever I mentioned his costume plans to people, they always commented on how easy it would be, because surely he must have most of the gear already? Nope. You see, jockeys do not wear black britches, they wear white. A plain riding helmet? Completely unacceptable. I was handed a sketch, which I then had to transform into a workable, wearable pattern…and then redesign when he opted for an entirely different fabric. He did all of the sewing himself, down to the hand embroidered horse (amazing right?), with me talking him through each step. It really was quite the undertaking. But through it all I kept thinking, how often will I be able to help one of my boys with a dream sewing project? I mean really now.
Goodness he’s adorable! But, eek, don’t tell him I said so! I would be in an awful lot of trouble you know. While making his costume, I took the opportunity to start teaching him a bit about using my machine. While I did the majority of it, he did sew a couple of the straight seams himself. He was mightily pleased with himself and is pushing for a new project that he can do all on his own.
Iain made the bow, quiver and arrows for him. Actually he sold them to him for a very reasonable price. There was a catalog and order form and everything, even a three cent shipping charge for carrying them downstairs.