Wednesday, November 11, 2009


... or catch up, I suppose. It has been a while, again. Life has been moving at such a quick pace I hardly have time to think. I have been working 7 days a week for the last 3 weeks in addition to the capes and Halloween. I had a panic attack at work a few Fridays ago (thank goodness my doc is literally in walking distance from there). I never really thought it was something that would happen to me. I don't tend to internalize stress.

Anyway, the Halloween costumes for the kids came out phenomenal (and I do say so myself). RJ had to be a storybook character at school, so I made him a scarecrow at the last minute. I sewed patches on and cut the cuffs off an old pair of pants. I made the shirt out of flannel, sans pattern and the hat out of felt I had leftover from Peter Pan last year. His second costume was also made without a pattern. He wanted to be Darth Maul from StarWars (and not the Mad Hatter as I had hoped). So I made him a long black cloak with a hood and painted his face.

Aubrey had a few changes as well, although only one costume. I made her a green tutu a few months back and she wore it with an adorable shirt and tight set from Gymboree to the Halloween carnival. She wore another tutu, made by our friend Joann to the Halloween party at karate. The costume I made (slaved over) was Alice in Wonderland. Let me tell you, with all the pleating and folding and gathering and basting, it took forever!!!! I followed the pattern for the dress and even installed my first zipper. I made the apron without a pattern and did not complete the bib part. I still like the way it turned out once I added the accessories (and the tutu for fullness). It was a little longer than I wanted, even though I shortened it from the pattern consoderably. She may be able to wear it again next year, but most likely I will sell it and list it for a 3/4 year old.

As for the rest of it, I have been creating lots and lotsof capes. I have had the standard Batman, Superman and Spiderman...

... and then I have had people give me a lot of creative freedom. I get a theme, and initial and a color and the rest is left up to me. I created this set for 3 year-old twins:

I still have a few in transit so I will post pictures of them as soon as they are received. I am still looking forward to more girl capes. I have 2 SuperGirl capes ordered, I just have to work out the logistics and colors. I am not sure if I want them to match exactly or if I want them to be opposite. I remember my sister and I always wanted what the other one had if it was even slightly different. I am also making Aubrey a Thanksgiving dress, my first piece of every day clothing in years. I am desperately looking for an owl-print corduroy (so if you see any please let me know and I will pay shipping!!!!)
It is pictured here: