Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Isabel went through about 5 different costume ideas before finally settling on being an Angel. We were at the party store to look for a cat costume when we saw the angel costume. I asked Isabel what she thought about being an angel instead of a cat. She responded enthusiastically so I picked up the costume to check it out. It was only $10 which seemed reasonable - until I looked more closely. It didn't include wings, just a halo, and the dress was a flimsy, uninspired, piece of polyester. I noticed wing and halo sets nearby for $5. I said to Isabel, “Look at this angel dress. It’s not very pretty. Mommy can make you a more beautiful dress than this. What do you think?” She consented and we left the store with the wings and halo. I had a lot of fun making her robe. I had a general idea of what I thought it should look like in my head but I didn’t sketch anything out or make a pattern. I went through all of my white, gold, and silver fabrics and let that inspire me. I sort of felt like a designer, draping fabrics over her shoulders, tucking and pinning, and then sewing a little here a little there. It won’t win any awards but we were both quite pleased with the result. It helps that Isabel already looks like an angel. Forgive me for being a proud parent. Aunt Jill did her makeup and that was fun to watch. Trick or treating with our cousins, Luke and Mercedes, was a blast. Isabel and Luke really "got it" this year. Their excitement was catching. It feels like a second childhood for me.