I don't quite know why I signed myself up to make five Halloween costumes the same week that we released our Autumn-Winter 2011 pattern collection, but after a few late nights, here's what I wound up with for the girls:
Evie, being 3 3/4 yrs, knew clearly she wanted to be a mermaid for Halloween. In fact, she told me this one sweltering summer day back in July. I was secretly thrilled because, for the last 10 years, I have stored a small piece of iridescent pleated polyester fabric for the specific occasion when a daughter would request some aquatic-themed costume. It was acquired during my brief stint working on the Haight Ashbury block in San Francisco in a now-defunct fabric shop. I think I may have gotten this remnant for free.
Of course baby sister Wren would also need a sea creature costume. One of my favorite movies growing up was Splash with Daryl Hannah and that scene when she eats the lobster is still etched in my memory. So my crustacean choice was made.
All materials came from my considerable fabric stash. For the lobster I used a silk dupioni (what!? use silk on a costume for a 17-month old??! But would you ever wear this violent shade of red out in public??)
What northern Atlantic lobster would be complete without a dash of seersucker...?
Stay tuned for the adult-sized Halloween creations that I hope to finish for my parties this weekend.