This year in preparation for Halloween, all the girls could talk about were ghosts. I asked them about a million times, and each time they insisted that they wanted to be GHOSTS for Halloween. Super! This mom can do that!
See, I’ve made their costumes every Halloween for the past 4 years, this one being our 5th (you can check out 2011’s costume here, and the previous years here). Before you get too impressed, let me tell you that a) I don’t know how to sew; b) I suck at math; and c) I’m a tad bit lazy.
**Incoming tangent alert**
I used to be SUPER good at math. I’m a hard core lefty and have always leaned towards the creative (right brain), but I’m technically middle brained, meaning I can evenly juggle artsy fartsy stuff AND logical mathy stuff. I mean I worked a financial institution for 6 years, people! But with each kid I lose more and more brain cells, and they all come from the left side. Sorry, math.
Oh, and that part above about me being a tad bit lazy is a severe understatement.
So I started searching for images of ghost costumes, hoping that I could throw something together that was more creative that a sheet over the head, but not so ambitious that I was going to have to bust out my sewing machine circa 1978. Let it be known that I will hot glue the hell out of something before I get that thing going.
Luckily I’m a staunch procrastinator, because after learning about bats at school last week, the costume request quickly switched from ghosts to WE WANNA BE BATS, MOMMY! CAN WE BE BATS??? And I was all, “Holy crap, I think that will be even easier than ghosts.”
Plus Austin houses the largest urban colony of Mexican free-tailed bats in North America, so stick that in your pipe of random facts and smoke it.
Back to the costumes. Turns out they were easy! Sort of. I found a really cool tutorial that looked fool proof enough. Although it would have been easier had I done math correctly and heeded the old saying “measure twice, cut once.”
The tutorial only called for one line of stitch, but I opted for no sew adhesive. And since I’m super lazy, I passed over the heat bonded adhesive for a NO SEW, NO HEAT permanent adhesive, because honestly, I’m not even sure where my iron is.
And so it began.
First I cut the bat wing scallops starting from the wrong corner of the wings. Scrap.
Then I forgot to add the arm measurement into the length of the cape to make sleeves. Scrap.
And THEN I didn’t allow enough room in the sleeve measurement, so they were super tight, pulling apart the “permanent” no-sew adhesive. And they hated them.
AND THEN I tried to salvage them with these awful, crudely attached straps to go around the arms, but they didn’t hang right, it looked terrible, and they hated them. SCRAP.
So I started over, and this time, the name of the game was overcompensate. Take those measurements and add a few inches, folks, because take it from me, you can trim, but you can’t add. This might be common knowledge to those who sew a lot, but, well, I don’t. So here we are.
All things considered, I’d say they turned out rather well.
As much as I stress over them, I’ll be a little sad if the day comes that they would rather have a particular character costume off the rack than something I can slap together.
Hey, masks and bat ears aren’t just for kids, okay?