One craft I've never really tried before is sewing. I remember sewing a simple shirt for a Girl Scout badge back in the day, using a friend's sewing machine, but that was about the extent of my sewing experience. I always wrote it off as a craft that was just not something I did.
We decided to dress Evelyn up as a cowgirl this year for Halloween, and Joe and I would also dress the part. Evelyn had the denim skirt (ended up being a little too chilly out to wear it), the authentic cowgirl boots from Texas (thank you, Uncle Jared), and a cowgirl hat from her 2nd birthday. It just seemed like an easy costume, since we had most of the pieces already. I decided that the costume could use a few extra accessories to "bring it home." A cowgirl vest and horse to carry around would be the perfect compliments to her adorable ensemble. Much to my disappointment, there were no cowgirl vests available for purchase (as a single garment) days before Halloween. If Evelyn was to wear a vest, I would have to make one. I called a friend with a sewing machine, found a vest pattern online and set a date to meet at her place to sew the project.
I didn't anticipate this plan not working out. As it so happens, Joe (who was supposed to stay at home with Evelyn during nap time so that I could meet my friend for our sewing date) was unavailable. Just days before Halloween, and anxious to check things off the to-do list (pregnancy will always motivate me), I decided to take on the vest myself and hand-sew the pieces. After consulting my friend with the sewing machine, I felt confident enough to take on this project alone.
I was pleasantly surprised at how the vest came together. After the basic vest was configured, I started to warm up to sewing and felt the need to press on and hand sew all the embellishments. In fact, I was having "sew" much fun with my newfound craft that I created my own pattern for a horse shaped candy tote that Evelyn could carry for Halloween! I realized that having her carry a bag for candy and a horse on a stick might be too cumbersome, so I saved some money and just sewed her a horse she could carry and put candy in. All these crafts came together in a matter of days (I finished the horse purse the night before Halloween).
Sewing Evelyn's costume accessories occupied my time for a few days and I almost ran out of time to create a costume for myself. I really struggled with my costume this year because even though we were doing the "Western Theme," as a family, my pregnant belly was calling for a special costume of its own. I decided it wasn't enough to dress up as a pregnant cowgirl. Joe and I tossed ideas around for a few weeks. I wanted something that was easy enough to make, not too difficult to carry around (I'm already carrying my belly) and that followed our theme. Not exactly a simple task. Finally, I came up with this idea, and I was very pleased with the end result.
I wanted to make a star around my whole belly, but I didn't have time to make individual points and figured that wouldn't be too comfortable to wear around (or to carry Evelyn), so I chose the subtle route and whipped this design up in Microsoft Word. I printed the design on iron-on paper and affixed it to an old maternity shirt during nap time (on Halloween). It didn't take too long, but I now aspire to take a few lessons in digital imaging... I had a pretty awful time trying to execute my idea on the computer!
|Probably should have added a mane...|
|Evelyn the cowgirl... wearing the vest I made her|
|Cowgirl getting an escort from Daddy Cowboy|
|Baby was happy to be in costume too|
|Every girl needs fringe|
|The trick-or-treating gang|