Happy start-of-holidays! It’s October, so almost Halloween, then Thanksgiving, (my b-day), and Christmas/New Year’s. Once Halloween hits, the end if the year goes pretty fast.
Not much sewing going on in these parts for the past few months. Work/school have gotten in the way. But, as we enter the season of joy, happiness, and delicious treats – the dust gets blown off my machine and I’m ready!
First up is E’s Halloween costume. She debated between Mulan, Batgirl, and Supergirl for quite some time. I thought Batgirl would win, especially with the Batman t-shirt she gave to her daddy for his birthday. (He’s called Batdad when he wears it.) We made the big trip to get fabric last weekend and got – blue, red, and gold. Supergirl it is!
I bought a blue halter top from a dance store and will affix the logo on the front. I wasn’t thrilled with the blue materials at Joann’s and I am not the biggest fan of knit – sewing-wise. I will be making the skirt, cape, 2 logos and the belt. It also helps my sanity to not make a shirt!
I started by printing off a Superman/Supergirl logo I found online. I enlarged it 40% for the cape and left it as is for the shirt. And then I had 3 seperate epic fails trying to make the logo. After sleeping on it, I finally got it to work! The base is gold spandex and the top is red crushed velvet. I ended up doing a reverse appliqué. I am thrilled that the 4th time worked out. This is the smaller one for her shirt.
I’m looking forward to this costume. E will get plenty if wear out of it with all her activities this year, so I really want it to look great.
Now, let’s have a little chat about the pattern companies Simplicity and McCall’s. These are my go-to books in the store, and I can always find a pattern to help me out. E and I looked through both brand books – Halloween and Fall/Winter – looking for a pattern for a Supergirl/Batgirl/Wonder Woman costume. I like to use the pattern as a base and alter/modify what they have done to make it more “me”. Well, they had a lot of costume patterns for little girls – princesses, fairies, 50’s girl, movie heroines… But no girl superheroes. None. There was one pattern for a cape/mask combo that was not gender-specific and only had 1 girl on the picture – with 3 boys. Hmmm… I hope this was just an oversight this year, because I firmly believe that little girls can be superheroes, pink or standard colors. Sad that it wasn’t an option for Simplicity or McCall’s. So I have a sketch, based off 3 different little girl Supergirl costumes (since I can walk into Party City and pick out a girl superhero costume). I’m winging it this year! So far, I’m happy with it, so maybe it’s a new trend. But I’m still upset at Simplicity/McCall’s.
I should be done with this costume pretty quickly. No ruffles or anything crazy, and now that I know how to do the logo for the cape – life is good!
After Halloween, I’ll be planning Christmas gifts for E’s teachers, friends, and family, and making a new tree skirt for our Christmas tree! I love the end of the year!