Thursday, 31 October 2013

Little Red Riding Hood and Three Little Pumpkins

I wanted an excuse to make a cape.  So I casually suggested to my daughter that she should be Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween.  Lucky for me, she loved the idea!  No luck convincing my son to be the wolf.  He's Spiderman instead.  I wanted to use wool for the cape, but at $25 per metre, that wasn't going to happen.  So I used "tablecloth" fabric.  With the cape lined, it has a good enough weight, and looks nice.  I really just didn't want to use cotton broadcloth.  That would look too costume-like.  Good costumes should look and wear like clothing.  It's a full-circle cape, and I just free-handed the shape of the hood, using her coat's hood for the size.

I didn't have enough of the red to line the whole thing, so I just used the last of the red to line the hood and the front opening, and used some spare quilting cotton to line the rest.  My daughter desperately wanted to help, so I taught her how to sew the button on.  The knitted dress was a hand-me-down from a friend of German heritage.  I thought it would work nicely with the cape for a fairy-tale look.  Ideally, she should be wearing tights and mary-janes, but I didn't want to send her to school in white tights.  She did insist on wearing the shoes to school though.

We spent a bit of Saturday afternoon carving pumpkins.  The kids drew faces on theirs with a dry-erase marker and I carved them, with a bit of interpretive artistic license.  It's a pity they're soft and dried-out looking already on the front porch.  But then they only need to last the evening.

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