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Halloween 2011, Part Two: The Jedi Master and the Butterfly

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It was non-stop sewing in between trips to the post office at the end of last week. The costume deadline was Saturday afternoon for the school party and I just made it:

The Jedi Knight and the Butterfly
The Jedi Knight and the Butterfly

As most of you already figured out, the young Miss Nora is a monarch butterfly.

Monarch Butterfly costume
Monarch Butterfly costume

The monarch was not her choice, really, but mine. Here's the very sophisticated inspiration for her costume:

THE Butterfly Dress
THE Butterfly Dress

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In the end, she was thrilled with her costume and repeatedly told me so throughout the day.

Monarch Butterfly costume
Monarch Butterfly costume

Minus the black elastic holding on the wings, both costumes came together entirely from my own stash (though the spectacular orange silk dupioni was originally from Carla's fabric collection) AND, even more remarkably, I sewed both without a pattern. This is practically unheard of around here, as you might have guessed.  (I plan to share some more details on the making of these costumes a little later.)

JR's choice to be Obi Wan had me spending hours in front of the computer figuring out all the different layers to the Jedi Knight's attire.  In the end, I think I got it pretty close.  Really, the costume was just his ploy to get permission to take his light saber out in public, but to his credit, JR handled his weapon responsibly.

Jedi Knight Costume
Jedi Knight Costume

Here's Nora flying away to the party--I think her hair gives you a sense of the excitement.

Fly, butterfly, fly!
Fly, butterfly, fly!

First up, the Bat Cave,

Bat Cave
Bat Cave

Then Our Zoo to You, complete with angora rabbits, armadillos and baby groundhogs:

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Butterfly and the angora rabbit
Butterfly and the angora rabbit

An American Gothic:

American Gothic, Gnome Style
American Gothic, Gnome Style

Some other Halloween antics,

Hairy jedi
Hairy jedi

and finally, the post-face painting, donut eating sugar crash:

Post donut sugar crash
Post donut sugar crash

Hope you have a nice All Hallow's Eve!

Happy Sewing!

~Erin