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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Halloween!

So, I stayed up sewing until 3:30 am on Sunday night. Maxton, really wanted to be Aang, from Avatar: The Last Airbender. I couldn't find any in the stores and for some reason, it didn't occur to me to check online until it was too late. This is cooler, because he's the cartoon Aang, not the live-action movie Aang.

So, of course, I didn't have a pattern, so this is hodge-podged together. The pants I based off a super easy pattern, then I added elastic around the bottom. The cape I sewed in one try, making up my own pattern, and same with the belt.

The collar took me four tries to get right (it's separate from the shirt). I'd never sewn anything like that, and I had to make my own pattern, so that was some serious trial and error. The shirt was a nightmare. The pattern I chose for the shirt was all wrong--the directions did not make any sense (or I was just not getting it, I'm going with the first because it makes me feel better), so I ended up just doing my own thing with it. But, it's done!
Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender Halloween costume



Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender Halloween costume

Aang from Avatar: The Last Airbender Halloween costume


The other three children, luckily, found store-bought costumes. It might seem like I favor Maxton, because I sewed him a costume, but really I love my other children more for not making me sew them costumes.

Cowboy halloween costume

Cowboy halloween costume

bee Halloween costume

bee halloween costume


vampire halloween costume

vampire halloween costume

Aang Halloween costume and homemade trick or treat bags


As awesome as Maxton's costume turned out, I think David takes the prize this year. Actually, he literally took the prize. He won the costume contest at his work with Sir Bedivere from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He got free movie tickets and a gift certificate to Olive Garden. I see a date in the near future. He made the entire costume himself. He even sewed the skirt and the sleeves onto his costume. I told him how to draft the sleeves for the pattern, but he did all the work himself. (His helmet is made from a popcorn tin and a feather duster.)

Sir Bedivere from Monty Python homemade Halloween costume

Sir Bedivere from Monty Python homemade Halloween costume

Sir Bedivere from Monty Python homemade Halloween costume

And I, well, I somehow could not plan ahead for myself. So, on Halloween, I woke up, after going to sleep at 4:30 (I couldn't fall asleep after finishing Max's costume at 3:30) with no ideas for myself. So, I did "girl in tights with mohawk and bad eyeliner." It worked for me. I dig the 80s vibe and I think I got some impressive height on the mohawk.

mohawk fauxhawk

Here's to the post-holiday sugar rush. My children have gone to school and left their candy unguarded. . .
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