Houston (my sewing machine) and I have been very busy lately, whipping up a multi-piece Halloween costume (and conveyance!), a slew of gear for this weekend's Homecoming festivities, and planning a few things to donate for a fundraiser at church. Whew! Before you ask me where I find the time, I don't. I steal the time from other things I should be doing, like laundry. Here's the Halloween stuff.
H was a prairie girl this year. I've been planning this most of the year, because she spends a lot of time wearing cute bonnets to keep the sun off her fair skin, and she frequently rides around in an AWESOME Radio Flyer covered wagon my parents got her for Christmas last year. So she often reminds me of a little Laura Ingalls type.
Anyway, I found a vintage pattern for a peasant dress and pinafore (from the early 70's -- I guess between Little House and Holly Hobbie, this was considered normal clothing about 40 years ago!). The peasant dress was fast and straightforward. The pinafore was a bit trickier, but fun to try to crank out in a big hurry. It isn't perfect, but, as I kept reminding myself, "This is her Halloween costume, not her wedding gown!"
Of course, the cute blue bonnet I had intended for her to wear has gone AWOL, so I had to make her another one of those, too! Sheesh.
And I threw together a little trick-or-treating bag using an applique I got on Etsy. She also wore the little brown bloomers I made to go with her pumpkin patch dress.
Meanwhile, I convinced N that H really needed a "prairie schooner" style covered wagon to ride around in, so the two of us spent way too much time temporarily old-timey-fying her regular one. Of course, much of the hard work fell to him, since I was busy sewing! At first, I was afraid it was going to turn out to have been a big waste of time, and we really didn't use it that much at the Fall Festival we attended over the weekend, but we did use it a lot while trick-or-treating last night. Given her propensity for trying to run out into the street, it was really great to have that. Also... pretty darn cute, right?
Here are a few more shots from the weekend festivities -- a full body shot of the outfit, one of her on these adorable ride-on horse toys they had at the festival, and one next to N for scale. She is so tiny! I'm sure by next year she will start to have her own opinions on what she is going to wear, so I am enjoying dressing her up while it lasts. Love my little "prairie girl"!