Does this count as clothes making?
October 29, 2009
And before you respond, I already know that the answer is no. But, I needed to attempt it some time and I figured no better time than Halloween. What? What kind of cheapskate mom wouldn’t buy her kid a Star Wars costume? Well, the fleece was only $5.
So, here’s how you DON’T make a baby jedi youngling outfit:
First, you start off with a slice of your husband’s pant leg. This was in the goodwill pile. Cut up the middle a little, turn inside out and then sew.
Now, try your luck with an elastic waistband.
Not too pretty, but it does the trick. The elastic was intended to go completely around the waist and would have, if I had measured it correctly.
Then go look at your bath robe hanging in the bathroom and try to eye ball the pattern on how that was made. Attempt to size it correctly using one of the boy’s shirts (those jedi robes are a little baggy) and then re-pin and sew up the back cause you made it too large.
Oh, and what happened here with the lining around the neck?
Guess I should have used one long strip in the first place.
And check this out:
That’s some quality sewing going on here. You can’t fake that kind of unevenness. That one’s definitely not the sewing machine’s fault.
Next, get toddler to stand still for a moment, or better yet, try to measure on the boy while he’s napping. Pin some more and cinch where needed with more crooked hand stitching.
And in the end, use some more darker fabric to make a tie belt, safety pin the pants and robe. And here you go:
The half-assed handmade costume.
Now if only I could have used a hot glue gun, this would be totally badass. I’ve also been known to bust out the stapler to fix broken seams.
Thank god that robe covers everything.
And lastly, go to temporary Halloween store that popped up in town last month and buy genuine Star Wars brand light sabre for $9.
As Halloween is the time where you can be anything you want, this year I am going as a seamstress. Unbelievably, though.
Project Runway, here I come. NOT!