Just what I needed! Deb at Not Inadequate started a blog hop this week, so each Monday we can all shout out, "Hey, I did something. Get off my back!" Even if it's just to remind ourselves that we did something. It's just what I needed. Especially with NaNoWriMo next month, when I'm not going to feel like I'm getting anything accomplished. Oh, I'll find something each Monday. Even if I just say, "Washed my hair today. Even remembered to wash the shampoo out when I finished. " Hey, it's something. So when you're done here, click on over to Deb's blog and join the Just Finish Something Already! blog hop. And now for the something I finished.
Ta-da! Isn't it cute? It even has little pockets in the front of the shirt for all her little vet accessories or a little stuffed puppy. I love it. And it is a full week before Halloween. I'm still in shock. And I only had to restart three times. The first time I cut the pattern out of the fabric upside down. Upside-down puppies were not cute. Thankfully I bought enough fabric to cover my inevitable idiocy. After that I developed a migraine and I kept ripping seams. But it's done. Yay me!
It's not that I particularly wanted to make a costume. Again. Ella's pretty easy-going. She just wants to dress up like a cat. Again. Fine with me. In fact, she wants to wear the exact same cat costume she wore last year. After several rounds of Are you sure? she convinced me that yes, she is in fact sure. That left Harper. *sigh* Harper loves to play in the dress-up box at home, but she refuses to wear any of the "typical" store costumes. That led to me sewing last year's chef costume. Sure, it was cute and she was completely into it because they really are my little sous chefs, but it was a pain in the butt to make. For one thing, I am pattern illiterate. Most of the things I make I just kind of figure out through trial and error. I have a serious problem with following pattern directions. I don't like them, I don't understand them, they give me migraines. Second, little kids equal little sleeves and pain-in-the-butt maneuvering to get the darn things sewn. Anyway, I survived, and she loved it.
This year, I had the cutest, most comfortable, perfectly fitting renaissance dress (one of Ella's old costumes, so you know it wasn't itchy or uncomfortable). She won't even look at it. She hates it. Ugh. Same deal, won't wear anything from the store. *double ugh* So I pulled out the pattern from last year's chef costume and found that Ta-Da! it also had pirate, doctor, and cowboy variations. So, Ella will be the cat, and Harper will be the vet. I think it's the cutest thing ever. And since she came with me to pick out the cute purple puppy fabric, she likes it and I know she'll wear it.
Score one for Team Lagniappe!