See, for those who have never tried to sew their kids' costumes with the skills of a 14-year-old in freshman Home Economics, this is way, way, way too late. I am asking for trouble. The kind of trouble that ends in me either breaking down and spending $80 on costumes at the Disney Store, or putting sheets on their heads the night of the Trunk or Treat, and telling them to kick it, old school.
This year's costumes are fully dependent on each other. If I can't figure out how to sew these red shortalls while allowing for "diaper give" (which is a real thing, and it's hell), then I might as well give up on trying to find a blue sheer for her sleeves. Also, how do you even go about making a hat like that?? I want to say, "Well, there didn't always used to be patterns, Renee... I'm sure you can figure it out" but that hat is 100% Old Italian, and I refuse to compare myself to the people who figured out Pizza. I'm not entirely convinced I don't need magic to make a hat like that. Good nonsense, I'm going to get everything right, but that hat, aren't I?
Today the problem is her dress. There has got to be a pattern that doesn't require a zipper. Or velcro. Freshman Home Ec, guys. You have the pattern I need don't you? Stashed away in the back of a closet? It's even cut out for a six-year-old skinny bones, and everything. Are you telling me it's already been sewn? You HAVE the blue dress I need?? Why didn't you tell me????? Ugh, I could kill you or kiss you right now. Get that dress to me. Get it to me NOW.
Halloween, you do things to me.
Of course, I'll keep you updated on the progress.
UPDATE: Duh. I forgot to mention that I'm making Pinocchio and the Blue Fairy.
UPDATE 2: I made his red shortalls. It took me sewing four pairs of shorts before I realized that I need to measure my kid. He is not allowed to grow even one centimeter between now and October 31, or he will bust a seam. I will put him on the HCG diet before I sew him a new pair. Swear. He loves wearing it now that it's done. In fact, he hasn't taken it off. I let him eat in it, because I'm crazy. Total cost so far: $0. I had a ton of red fabric from a dress I almost made, I took the buttons off of one of my cardigans, and I used brown thread because that's what I had lots of. Also, no pattern, because this is so going on my Project Runway audition tape. No pictures until I'm done and/or I put new batteries in the camera. Sorry.
UPDATE 3: If anyone call him Roger Rabbit, I will bust a cap.