Sewing Sewing Sewing Along

Peter's Pumpkin 2014

To get you back in the mood for this post, here’s my son’s pumpkin.  Did I tell you he has a great sense of humor and can write computer code that drives websites?


First up is Keagan, the Egyptian Princess.  I visited my daughter’s home in October and went right to work.  We had to double-line that white sheath because, well, it was white.  Keagan and I talked over costumes, looking some up on Pinterest before she went to school and then I headed to JoAnn’s.  I hate paying a billion dollars for patterns, so picked up one of the $2.99 Quick and Easy patterns that looked like it might work, and added on enough at the bottom to be long enough.  I used the bodice of the dress to fashion a collar out of paper and tried it on her.  Keagan had a few suggestions and I trimmed it to her specifications.


The drapey thing was pinned on in the back with a safety pin, then wrapped around some rubber bands.  Her mother and dad fashioned some gold bands for her (one solution is to cut a Pringle’s can into sections, then spray-paint gold) which she slipped over to hide the hair bands.  She also had some on her upper arms to complete the look.


Maddy wanted to be Elsa.  She had VERY detailed instructions, and since she was recovering from a tonsillectomy I had her at my disposal for measuring.  The dress had to had see-through sleeves and silver at the top of the bodice, and Maddy was very specific about the drapey overcoat thing, wanting it to flow from her shoulders, but since I only had one day to get both costumes done, I went with a “coat-type” construction, made out of organza so it would have some body.


We cut out a giant silver snowflake by tracing it onto the paper side of fusible web, adhering it to the silver lame.  We cut out the lame, peeled off the paper and fused it on.  Because the lame and the organza are kind of “open” this process left a residue of stickiness.  I told my daughter she’d better wash her ironing board cover so it wouldn’t stick to anything she ironed after that.


I’m told both costumes were a hit.

Halloween 2014

Here they are with their brother who was a Mad Scientist-Zombie Guy.  Maddy is not wearing a crown (it’s a bush behind her).  Sure looks like a crown, though.


I was also able to get ahold of the pouch I made for Barbara and check it out, fully loaded.


BarbarasTote_3She says it works great.  I’m so glad I can sew! Thanks, Mom!

12 thoughts on “Sewing Sewing Sewing Along

  1. Well done on the costumes! That snowflake is just the icing on the cake. I’m sure the girls felt very special : )
    Cute pouch and with a sideways zipper yet!

  2. I can see that the costumes were exactly to their specifications! The snowflake is fabulous! They are both beautiful. Do you remember when those patterns were cheap? I can’t believe how much they want for them nowadays. The little pouch is darling too.

  3. Good job, Grandma! So impressed with your ability to envision and then execute. Cute costumes, and cute smiles on the girls’ faces – clearly they were a hit!

  4. I’m also impressed you just knocked those costumes out like that, especially the Elsa costume. My Maddy is fairly positive she is Elsa, and I am currently avoiding finishing the organdy bodice and sleeves on her dress (not a costume–since she IS Elsa, she will wear it daily, no doubt). Hoping next fantasy idol doesn’t include icky fabrics! LOL

  5. Great costumes, Elizabeth. Did I ever tell you I needed something to organize my drafting supplies. For the portable type drafting that is. I have a huge zillion pound drafting table, thick maple top, steel everything else, big drawer, wired for electricity (found at an estate garage sale), but the one thing it isn’t is portable.

  6. Wonderful costumes and pouch! But what really resonated was the “thanks, Mom!” I need to say that to my mom more frequently; I’m so grateful she taught me to sew!

  7. Aren’t you the good grandma . . . I don’t think I’m ready for any of that just yet. Love your son’s pumpkin. I’m going to remember that one for next year.

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