Happy Halloween!

Past Halloween Costumes

Does anyone else always feel like Halloween costumes are a kludge? I can actually sew this year, unlike in years past, so you’d think it would be better, but no. I think it has to do with all that polyester novelty junk fabric you end up using. Next year, costumes will be made of cotton, I’m just saying it now. That little mosaic up there is of past Halloween costumes. This year Katrina asked to be a mermaid. Okay, we can do that. But wait, there’s more… Mommy, I would like to be a mermaid for Halloween and we can fill the wagon with water and someone can pull me around in it because mermaids can’t walk. Seriously? Who is this kid?


Thankfully we talked her out of the whole wagon thing before it got incredibly out of hand. The costume — Simplicity 4043 — was still a huge pain to make but she seems really happy with it. Thank goodness.


I decided Tristan was going to be a train engineer given his love for all things choo-choo. I fully intended to make his outfit too since I am a maniac about such things but in a rare moment of realism I determined that it just wasn’t going to happen — actually, it would have happened, my kids would just have been faced with scary mommy and a lot of TV — so I decided to see if good old OshKosh B’Gosh could come to the rescue. My poor sick mom stopped by the store after already earning her good mom star of the week by helping me with the kids during Papa’s marathon run on Sunday. It was my lucky day, they had three pairs of engineer overalls, one in Tristan’s size. Despite her total lack of voice I told my mom to ask about a hat too and wouldn’t you know, they had one, and it was the right size too. Phew… and thank you Mom. So here they are together, a mermaid out of water and a train engineer. Aren’t they cute?

Mermaid & Engineer


9 Responses to “Happy Halloween!”

  1. 1 amandajean October 31, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    oh, they are so cute! your sewing skills have really come a long way in a year…good for you. it almost makes me rethink my whole knitting resolve. 🙂

  2. 2 Jennifer November 1, 2007 at 9:37 am

    They are absolutely adorable! What a clever girl wanting to have her own water vessel. I always feel bad if I don’t make my son’s costume, but on the other hand, it sure is nice to save the stress of sewing and fitting.

  3. 3 twiddletails November 1, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Too cute! Hopefully my knitting will make the kind of progress your sewing has…

  4. 4 Melissa November 1, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    I think they look great! I do agree that cotton has a much better look and feel. You did an awesome job!

  5. 5 melissa f. November 1, 2007 at 3:45 pm

    yeah, totally cute. and is anyone else totally freaked out by your sewing learning curve?!? gah. you’re amazing.

  6. 6 kathy November 2, 2007 at 1:44 am

    You’re totally on target about the fabrics. All that slippery synthetic stuff sliding around the machine bed, ughh. LOVE the mermaid costume, Katrina’s smile says it all, so worth it right?

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