I had what I thought was an adorable idea for a costume for Seraphina and others. As of 3:30 on October 30th, all that I’d managed of it was her little hat. And I couldn’t have cared less. In fact, I was quite ready to throw in the towel with Halloween across the board. Try again next year. Maybe. Maybe not even that. But Elijah, who obviously puts great stock in creative Halloween costumes, and probably equally pressing was looking to get out of washing dishes, laid the old sheet I was planning on using out on the table and started piecing together a pattern. And so, with a good deal of help, I rallied and there were costumes all around.
I wanted Mairi Rose to be a Matryoshka with us, but no, she wanted to be Tink to his Pan. Mommy and daughters matching costume? Totally cute. Controlling mommy who insists you wear the costume she wants you to wear? Not so cute. So I did not push even though it really would have been kind of perfect since she is just the right in between size. Side note: All three boys and I just recently watched the Milwaukee Ballet’s production of Peter Pan. It was magical. And inspiring for a certain young, male, ballet dancer.
Sewing notes: I used this pattern for Seraphina’s bonnet and a pattern similar to this one for my kerchief- which was very comfortable and stayed on perfectly and I want to make a bunch more for everyday wear. Seraphina’s dress is this one. Details on the sweater to come. I just made my dress up as I went along. It didn’t balloon out as nicely as it could have. Also, for the record, I’m not actually shaped like Humptey-Dumptey. Or at least not any more so than you would expect a woman who has given birth to five children to be. It’s the costume, honest! (well, mostly anyway) Mairi’s leggings in the first picture were made from this pattern.