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Halloween Costume Round-up and Link party

::I am re-posting the round up I did last year, and adding a few new ones from this year::

I like to look at the costumes I made from the year before, when embarking on the costume-making journey of this year. So I put together a little collection for you to browse, for inspiration!

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You’ll see there is a theme going here. If you would like to see any of the tutorials or original posts, click on the links below.

Hobbit Feet tutorial,

Merida from Brave

Harry Potter (or just magic) wands

Donkey Head

Hobbit

Little Red Riding Hood

Grey Wizard Hat/ Witch hat

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Rosie the Riveter

Vintage Vet

I would love to see your costume creations!!


Pumpkin Ponderings

As always, a few photos didn’t make it into yesterday’s post. But today is a different story!

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I love this photo because it shows the anguish of the decision-making process. Too. Many. Choices.

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You can see it, almost as much, in this photo as well. Our girls take this pumpkin picking very seriously.

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I can’t believe that I forgot to put this one in. It is my favorite. I was waiting to put it in last, yesterday, and then simply forgot. Sheesh.

What have YOU photographed (or forgot) today?

Pumpkin Patch

We went to the pumpkin patch this past weekend, as it is our tradition this time of year. And like last year, prepare yourself to be bombarded by pumpkin-y photos.

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We couldn’t have asked for a better day! The sun was shining and it was beautiful Fall weather. The wind was whipping us around quite a bit, but I will take that and a sunny sky, any day. The coyote cardboard cutout was new this year, and was a big attraction (for my family, anyway). The pumpkins are HUGE. My husband told me that it was a good year for them, and we definitely saw that it is true.

The one thing I look forward to is my annual photo of the girls together. I asked them to pose, and this is what I got.

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Finally.

Another year at the patch, done. These years truly fly by quickly. I cannot believe that Christmas is almost here. Yes, I just said that. Both girls have birthdays in December, though (4 days apart), and it tends to sneak up on us every year.

This is the start of the season where I try to stay focused and present and savour as much as I can (as it seems to go the quickest).

What are YOUR Fall traditions?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, I checked out a book that I had forgotten about:

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by Goscinny and Sempe

I was looking around our local library, and spotted this one and instantly remembered how much The Bee loved this series. I brought it home so that Falafel could enjoy it as well.

It was originally a French book written in 1959 (by the same author that wrote the Asterix series), and has been translated to English. In a nutshell, this is the story about a little boy and his classmates and all the mischief they cause.

What are YOU reading this week?

Veterinarian Costume: AKA Vintage Nurse

Both our children have incredibly strong opinions about how outfits should look. Especially costumes.

Most especially Halloween costumes.

With her older sister’s costume all finished, I could tackle the vision of my 8 year old. She came to me with the idea of being a Veterinarian. I googled some images, and she soundly rejected all of them because none matched the picture in her head. So I asked her to draw me one.

What she drew was a vintage nurse costume with animals on her. When I said this, she insisted that it was a vet.

Who am I to argue? OK it is a vet.

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I started with the Ethan shirt pattern by Sis Boom (like the one I flipped here). I flipped it again, in a very similar way, only this time I added belt loops and a belt, and of course, made it all white. Part of her drawing had a patch pocket on the skirt portion of the dress with a red cross on it. So I added that, along with a smaller pocket to the bodice with a snap.

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The hat was tricky. I looked for tutorials online and came up short. I didn’t find any! I did stumble upon a Pinterest image (sorry I didn’t actually pin it) that had a photo of the hat before it was assembled. I mimicked the shape on a piece of 8.5″x11 white paper, and played around with it until it came together as a hat. Then I constructed one out of fleece batting and added a felt red cross to it.

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This is what I came up with. Feel free to use it.

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The rat on the hat (teehee that rhymes) was a pattern I used from the book Fleece Hat Friends: 25+ Easy-to-sew projects by Mary Rasch . I changed the ears so it looked more like a rat instead of a mouse (because my Falafel has pet rats and loves them so). I then sewed it onto the top of the hat.

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I do plan to make more animals with velcro straps so that she can wear them perched on her arm and wrist, but I haven’t found a good way to do that yet. The one I tried was so top heavy that it just flopped to one side when she strapped it to her wrist.

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She plans on putting animals in her pockets too.

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I used a white flat bed sheet to make this dress which made it extra difficult to tell the front from the back when I was putting it together.

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It is funny, but all I can think of is Nurse Ratched.  Ha!

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But she is far from that, my sweet little vet.

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I have a bit more work to do making the animals, and she has also requested a trick-or-treat bag to match, with a red cross on it. But I am thinking we are off to a good start.

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What are YOU working on?

Rosie the Riveter

When The Bee announced what she wanted to be for Halloween this year, I may have jumped for joy.

I LOVE that she wants to be Rosie the Riveter for so many reasons. One is that she is a strong woman. Real or fictitious, strong is strong. So many costumes for teens are so short they cannot bend over without revealing themselves for all the world to see. This one is the opposite of that. SO much.

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The other reason is that I didn’t have to actually MAKE most of it. I do enjoy making things for the girls, but when they both request intricate costumes for Halloween, my head wants to explode (just a little).

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I found her coveralls thrifting, and luckily they fit well enough I didn’t have to alter them at all. I did make her bandana, but it took me all of 30 minutes to whip up.

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I took a square of red fabric that I had in my stash, and hemmed all four sides.

Then I grabbed a circle sponge and some white acrylic paint, and got to stampin’. Tossed it into the dryer to heat set the paint, and it was done.

My fair redhead has ultra light eyebrows, so I drew them in for this.

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I may draw them a little lighter for Halloween, though. She said that she felt like Groucho Marx.

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The coveralls do have a Naval patch (USS John C. Stennis) on them, and I was on the fence about picking the whole pocket off, but The Bee said she doesn’t mind it, so I think there it will stay.

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She kept cracking up between photos. Silly girl.

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We had a lot of fun with this one.

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Another brilliant aspect of this costume is that she will be warm! We live out here in WA state, and almost every Halloween is chilly and raining. It is always a challenge to get anyone to wear a sweater or coat over their costumes (“Aw Mom. It will cover it up!”).

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What are your kids going as for Halloween? Do you make costumes or buy them?

 

Oakshott Table Linens Challenge

I feel so lucky to be chosen to participate once again using this fabulous line of fabrics. Sew Mama Sew put together another challenge, and Oakshott fabrics sent 6 challengers their Lakes fat eighths collection, and asked us to make table linens with them.

I chose to make a table runner for our 8′ long dining table!

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It is so long that is was tricky to get the whole thing photographed at once!

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I added a pocket at each end (by folding down one corner and then halfway up again, and sewing down in place) to hold whatever we need to put in them! Napkins, silverware, dinner party questions (oh yes, we have done that to our guests), etc.

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The colors in this collection are beautiful, and have that iridescent sheen that we love Oakshott fabrics for.

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I kept the pattern fairly simple so that you can really see all the incredible colors and their subtle differences.

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I always feel so decadent sewing with these fabrics. They remind me of jewels.

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Look at that weave!

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The dark rains have begun here (I live in WA state), so I couldn’t photograph this inside, but it fits right in with our color scheme in the dining room, perfectly.

Big Thanks to Sew Mama Sew and Oakshott fabrics!

Be sure to check out what the others made:

Mary Claire King Remember Wren

Jessica Skultety Quilty Habit

Nicole Neblett mama love quilts

Sara Peterson knottygnome crafts

Anjeanette Klinder

Whatcha Workin’ on Wednesday?

Ha! I am switching things up around here a bit. Shocking, I know. I am hoping for lots of participation from all you wonderful people out there.

First I will share part of The Bee’s costume with you, because it is what I am currently working on.

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Guess what she is going to be??

OK this is the fun part. Now it is YOUR turn! Link up what you are working on (not limited to sewing). Really, whatever you are focusing on right now. I want to see it! Even staring out your window. Show me the view.

If you can visit one other person’s photo, that would be grand.

That’s it.

Get to linking!


Fall photos

The webs are at their peak right now. So incredibly beautiful, I cannot resist photographing them.

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The rains and winds have started up, but on the rare occasion, we do get a rainbow, as well.

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Ah Autumn.

What do YOU like to photograph in the Fall?

Bee Project

The Bee had to chose a project to complete for one of her classes, and she chose to make a dress with a pattern (with my guidance). It was not an easy pattern. It included an overlay, lining the bodice, and an invisible zipper. Not to mention the curves that a princess seamed bodice has.

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Tricky business. But she did beautifully for her first time.

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We actually had to start by tracing a new size because the first dress I made for her using this pattern no longer fit her. She grew out of it in one month. *sigh*

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I don’t make as much for her as I do for Falafel. It takes so much more time and fabric. I am encouraging this interest so that maybe she can make her own as well!

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Brace yourself for a whole lotta photos.

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It isn’t without flaws, but the main parts of the garment are well done. The back parts of the bodice line up and everything. She is so proud of it, she even wore it to school.

Full of personality, this girl of ours. I am always happy to have a photo session with her. and more importantly impart any knowledge I have, that she can use.

When did you learn to sew with patterns?