Friday, November 4, 2011

Halloween (Belatedly)



So, way back in August I decided I wanted to sew a Halloween costume for Dot this year. After finally finishing a quilt almost all by myself back in January, I thought a simple pumpkin costume would be a good way to branch out.

It was a fun new thing to try. It was certainly not an economical choice -- I spent more on materials for this than I have on any of her baby clothes -- and I have a list of mistakes a million miles long, more or less.

(The hem is especially kind of laughable. By the time I got to it, I was just done with this project. It's a three-layered outfit -- outer layer, lining, and fleece inside for warmth -- and so that means that at some points on the hem there are like twelve layers of fabric. Figuring that my sewing machine wouldn't be able to handle it, I whip-stitched the hem, and it seriously looks like a five-year-old did it in parts.)

But in the end, I'm happy with it and proud of myself for trying something new. And Dot seemed pretty happy with it, too.



I love this back view.

Other than the church shindig, we didn't do anything this year for Halloween. We didn't even get a single trick-or-treater. Next year I'll probably want to decorate the house and carve a pumpkin and work on creating some family traditions, but we somehow just skipped all that this year. She's too young to appreciate it yet, anyway.

(P.S. I'm still mostly avoiding sugar -- I allow myself one yogurt per day and a smidgeon of sugar in my oatmeal -- and so I actually made it all the way through Halloween without eating even one piece of candy. I've already lost nearly five pounds. But that doesn't mean I'm not counting the days until Thanksgiving, and pie.)