I wish I had photos to share with you. Unfortunately I, and even my children, grew up before the age of digital photography. Scanning all those years of printed photos into the computer is a daunting task that remains near the bottom of my 'to-do' list.
However I can share with you what this grandmom's 'Halloween Costume Shop' has created for 2013.
|For Baby Taylor - the Littlest Princess!|
|Princess dresses have to be pretty on the backside too!|
I liked the tiara so well I made a second one for my friend Scully to wear. . . !
|The costume shop's oldest employee.|
Not quite as royal were the costumes I made for Hannah and Alayna. They will be dressed this year as "wicked witches with sparkles." Little girls must have sparkles you know!
|Hannah (age 7) chose the hat with black polka dotted purple ribbon. The crown is covered with sparkly stars.|
Their costumes are the same but different, starting with their hats.
|Alayna (age 5) chose the one with the black ribbon. The crown of this one is covered with spiderweb flocked netting and orange sparkles.|
To give the hats character I scrunched the tall felt cone down and tacked it to the shorter nylon one inside. I then covered the brims with felt on the top and the bottom and stitched around and around in a spiral until I got to the center. I embellished both hats with sparkly spiders and the ribbons.
|Both dresses are basically the same - but different sizes.|
|This cape has the star netting lining the hood.|
|The embroidery is subtle but there just to add a little something special!|
At one point the oldest, Hannah, inquired about the capes. I explained that they are made like most witches capes of bat fur (in modern terms referred to as a synthetic faux crushed velvet). Even with the sparkles inside the hood I wanted to give the capes a little something special and once again UrbanThreads.com had just what I needed.- a wonderful gothic 'Trick or Treat' embroidery! Here again I stitched the design in the same dark charcoal grey on the black textured bat fur.
Last, but not least, is the costume made for Hannah and Alayna's mom - also know to us as our daughter Meagen. It has been a while since I have sewn anything for her, however, this year she put in a request for a Renaissance wench costume. The chemise is made of white cotton muslin with ruffles and ribbons to make it pretty. The apron is cut from a leftover piece of white cloth - left over from what I don't know. The skirt is a large floral print cotton. The maroon velveteen vest belonged to my mother. I modified it several years ago with buttonholes in place of buttons so the the front could be laced up to suit a costume I made for me. It has now been officially handed down to my daughter and I hope will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.
|Meagen in her costume|
I am thankful that my family allows me to create costumes for them to my specifications. I am never sure they will like what I create, but they always tell me they love them. They even wear them!
My little costume shop is one of my many 'not-for-profit' ventures. It doesn't make a lot of money, though I have been told it could. In fact, it makes none! I am paid in something far more valuable than currency . . . because our girls and grands live far away my reward comes in the form of photos of everyone having a good time in costumes made with love. The best part is hearing about their Halloween adventures.
Now, that the costume shop has closed for this year I need to get started carving pumpkins...
Best wishes to all for a very happy and safe Halloween!