And they were aware, on account of having to scrounge for new costume ideas for their kids, possibly at the last minute.
Well over here at the Diary of a SAHM household, there was no scrounging necessary, since this would-be-craft-blogger had begun her preparations weeks in advance, all in the hopes of one of her offspring, winning an illusive prize in the costume parade.
I have, you see, a bit of a reputation to uphold. Taylah has won EVERY year she has dressed up, and whilst there is a part of me that would gladly share the prize love around, the highly competitive part of me doesn’t want to share with anyone!
But anyway, this post is not about my crazy competitive edge. No, it’s about the awesome costumes I made.
Go ahead and pin them. You know you want to 😉
Bailey decided fairly early on that he wanted to be a crocodile, which was ridiculously easy.
Initially, I planned on getting a green hoodie and making a crocodile version of these monster hoodies, but of course I couldn’t find any decent priced green hoodies could I? Though in hind sight, that was a good thing, cause it was quite hot on the day.
Instead I just bought a khaki green shirt, and cutting a slit up the back, attached some spikes to it, by sewing felt spikes in between two pieces of green corduroy.
The corduroy was left over from his tail, which I made using this tutorial. Honestly it was ridiculously easy and cheap, and was all done in about 45 minutes.
Seeing as I didn’t have the hood, instead I found an old hat, and using craft glue, attached more spikes on the brim to make teeth. Once that was dry, I covered the remainder of the hat in left over material, using craft glue, but sewing it on to the hats edge.
Finally, I used a little bit of leftover material for the eyes, and Ta-Da! Crunch the crocodile was ready to rock and roll!
Bridie took forever to decide what she wanted to dress us, at first suggesting many random ideas that would have taken a much more creative person than I am.
In the end, I decided for her. Alice in Wonderland. A classic.
I had a bit of a win, getting some plain blue cotton from Spotlight for $1 a metre, so it was actually quite a cheap outfit to make.
I’ll spare you all the details, but here’s a rough idea of how I made it.
Using one of her T-Shirts as a template, I traced the shape and size onto backing paper, and used that to make the top of the dress. There were some fabulous tips on how to do that here. The sleeves and collar were tidied up with a bit of bought satin bias binding which prettied them up.
I also put a zip in the back, because they are obviously so much fun to do! (Not!)
To make the nice full skirt, I used this tutorial from Sew, Cook, Laugh, Live, but made my rectangles even bigger, and rather than make an elastic waist band, I attached the skirt straight to the top.
Because I’m not the worlds best sewer, my waist wasn’t all that pretty, so I attached the apron to it, rather than having it tie on. I also sewed the bow on to the back, so that it would look perfectly imperfect.
Finishing the outfit off with some cheap long socks, black shoes and headband, and she was ready to chase the white rabbit all across wonderland.
Taylah’s costume was the easiest of all.
She has recently been enamoured with a series called EJ12, and so decided to go as the main character.
EJ however, changes her outfit with each new book, and there are quite a few of them, so there was still a few decisions to be made. In the end she went with the rock star look from the book Rocky Road.
Taylah’s costume was actually the easiest, as it was mostly just piecing together the right clothes. I did use a little bit of black material to make the arm band, and also sewed some star buttons on the pants to complete the look.
The most work was actually in the makeup. I initially tried using actual makeup, but the colours weren’t bold enough, so instead went with face paint.
I was pretty happy with the result.
Now for the judges verdict.
Well I’m disappointed to say that none of my kids won. 🙁 They were upstaged by a saucepan lady, a peacock with a giant tale, and Hairy Maclairy from Donaldson’s dairy.
But in the end, I had fun making them, and they all felt pretty darn awesome, so in my mind we won anyway.
Did your kids dress up for book week?