Thursday, September 13, 2007

dress up

i'm really thrilled that kristi opened up the halloween costume discussion now, because this topic came up in my house earlier this week. (it's never too early to discuss halloween costumes, is it??)

one of my very first posts was about how much fun i have making jack's halloween costumes. we had a tradition in my house, when i was little, of making our costumes. this is a tradition i have lovingly carried on.

just the other night, jack announced that he wanted to be a storm trooper for halloween. my mind began racing immediately: which kind of storm trooper? *original* storm trooper from episodes IV, V or VI. or a *new* storm trooper from episodes I, II or III???

and the challenge of making something with a hard shell, smooth sides? i sew, for goodness sakes. but this could prove to be a great challenge.

and then? and then, he said, "and i want to buy it at the store. so that it won't be itchy."

a store-bought costume?!? it's not even in my vernacular!

i'll keep you posted.


halloween 2006

16 comments:

denise said...

Loved this post - I'm with you, I can't stand the thought of store bought costumes. For whatever reason I feel like I have to make the costumes or somehow it's not Halloween. A year or two ago my littlest begged and pleaded for a store bought Dash costume (The Incredibles) I gave in telling myself "If it's what he wants..." I still hate that I gave in, crazy , huh?

When life is crazy and I don't seem to have neough time to sew I always turn to ebay and buy someone elses handmade costume. I have done it twice and have gotten great costumes that some mother had lovingly made that had only been worn once.

I will be checking back to see what the costume outcome is for you.

Have fun creating!

Susan said...

I also make my kids costumes, but this year I think I am going store bought. This pregnancy is just really kicking my butt and I am too exhausted to sew for all hours of the night. If you have any really easy ideas I am all for them. Good luck with the storm troopers.

carlo said...

how i wish i could create homemade costumes...they really are the best.

c

Marie said...

My mother in law has sewed a new costume for each of her six children every year. No hand-me-down costumes! Insane!

Then last year her youngest (age nine) begged to have a STORE BOUGHT Harry Potter costume. She finally relented. She said she spent the whole of halloween feeling guilty.

Amy said...

I'm so impressed with your sewn yoda. I wish I had the inspiration to make my own costumes...they're so much cuter non-store bought. Funny thing - I just "store bought" our costumes this morning! Just glad to have it done, honestly.

Jenny said...

I have Halloween on the brain as well. For our family it's a bit more tricky we go all out and "match" one another. It's fun, but hard.

You are the woman to make your costumes. I did that for Taylor's first couple of years and then the store bought ones took over.

Cool costume!

Barb said...

Oh, he is so cute, and he seems to love the Star Wars costumes!

donna said...

We also love Hallloween. All my boys want to dress up like S.W. this year. It would be the 3rd year in a row.

Price Cream Parlor said...

We did an entire Star Wars family theme one year. It was hilarious! Last year my 10 year old wanted to be a gnome! Who wants to be a gnome? That was an interesting cosutme for sure!
Can't wait to see what your little choses!

HotMama said...

Milk cartons? Spray paint 2 liter bottles? Hmmmm there's some potential in that dilema. Have fun.

Denise said...

Every year my children have their choice of threadbare hand-me-down store-bought costumes from my Halloween box. I aspire to be you, but I'm not holding my breath, lol.

In my heart, the classic storm trooper wins out. Nostalgia trumps all!

michelle said...

Ooh, I can't wait to see how this dilemma turns out! I made costumes for a few years, and last year I still made one, but if we find a costume to buy that is cute and inexpensive, I go for it. (I am not that good at sewing clothing, and it usually ends up being expensive anyway!)

michelle said...

p.s. I just love the word "vernacular". I don't use that one often enough!

Emmanuelle said...

I think handmade costume are really the best when they are made by someone else that me.Last year, I try to do a costume for Lucie (not for haloween, because we don't have it :-( ). I've done my best but to be honnest my costume was really ugly so I bought one. I am lucky for this year because one of my friend made costume for my kids. It is really nice costumes.
I wish we could have halloween here because it seems so fun and my little girl ask me to celebrate it.

Sandi said...

Great tradition. Bring on the costumes.

Kara said...

I think if you love doing it and it truly makes you happy then sew away!!! If it's stressfull and you are doing it because you think you SHOULD, then go store bought. I used to make all my kids costumes, but I have realized that I can't give the best of myself to everything. So, now I buy some and make some, depending on the costume and my schedule! The Yoda costume is fabulous!