Hallowe’en, Lassitude, and poverty

Punk accessories

Not necessarily in that order.


So this is what it feels like when your sewing mojo takes a break, eh? I have, honestly, been waiting for this (so has my husband… he’d been feeling rather neglected). I’m not gone, but I’m definitely not feeling the itch every spare moment. I tend to cycle in my hobbies… drawing, writing, sewing, dancing… so it was probably inevitable that the sewing would ebb at some point. I’ve been writing, a bit more, though I kinda feel like I should save that for NaNoWriMo coming up. At which point the sewing may really fall off ;). Mostly I feel bad for abandoning the Lady Grey sew-along, but at the same time I haven’t had the money for ANYTHING, never mind the kind of expensive quality materials I want for my Lady. At the same time, though, I won’t really need the coat until spring… so maybe I’ll get on it after Christmas. Broke-assedness really is our basic state of being, but it’s been even tighter than usual the last few months (going to Pittsburgh didn’t help, either… hopefully I can get reimbursed for the flight at least). So not only have I NOT spent my 50% off coupon for Fabricland (expires at the end of Oct.) on 5m of red wool melton (and believe me it’s been in my fantasies), I haven’t even been able to justify spending it on five metres of some comparatively cheap-ass fabric. /sigh. Maybe when my next paycheque comes in… (I’ve been saying that for almost two months now). Add to that, our printer has run out of black ink, so I can’t even print off free patterns at the moment lol!

Although it’s not precisely sewing (it could’ve been, but I resisted), we are in the throes of

Fire Fairy Accessories

assembling Hallowe’en costumes, natch. Tyo is being a zombie punk, while Syo wants to be a Fire Fairy. Today we went and blew the (small) Hallowe’en budget at Value Village: red fairy wings, a couple of wigs, assorted oddments, and skinny jeans for Tyo.

Tyo, bless her individualist little heart, is the only girl in her class (possibly in her school) who has not fallen for the lure of skinny jeans. I quote the following conversation from sometime last winter:

Syo (aged six at this point): I love skinny jeans!

Tyo: skinny jeans are ugly.

Syo: Mommy looks good in skinny jeans!

Tyo: yeah, but on everyone else they’re ugly!

However, Tyo wanted to be a punk last year, wimped out and did a pirate, so this year she was really set on the zombie punk. And while there MAY be punk fashion that doesn’t require skinny pants, that’s definitely the stereotype.

I’m not sure if watching a kid who hates skinny pants try on fifteen different pairs in the search for a set she can stand was hair-pulling annoying, or just amusing, but anyway, she finally found a black pair. They’re capri length but as she’ll be wearing her extra-tall high-top runners with them (see above), it’ll work. They weren’t plaid, but, well, you can only expect so much from Value Village. Especially the week before Hallowe’en. (Most stores do all their business at Christmas. I suspect Hallowe’en is Value Village’s equivalent).

Fun fabrics

Oddly, the fabric selection was better than I’ve seen in some time. I walked away with a mass of black sweatshirt material (something I’ve been looking for for a LONG time but was reluctant to pay $20/m for at Fabricland), and this peculiar tube almost-sweater-knit. It doesn’t feel super nice, but I’m thinking it could make a nice wrap/cozy—another Simplicity 2603 or similar.  There was also a mass of nice sturdy heavy denim (non-stretch) that I’ll get if it’s still there come payday. I hate being broke. There was a bunch of other stuff there today that I need/would like to get (kids’ baseball bat, kids’ winter jacket, scarves and toques, skates for the winter…) but the budget just isn’t there. I hate not being able to afford the five bucks it would take, especially at the thrift store where you really can’t count on something equivalent being there in two weeks when I DO have money. Anyway, enough whining about cash. The end is in sight (or so I tell myself) and it’s not as if we’re going to starve to death or lose the house.

The patterned fabric on the left is actually one of Syo’s picks, bought to play with to replace the yellow border print I made into her sundress. It’s an awful poly-lycra knit, thin and slippery, with a crazy print (I’m not a print person, if you haven’t noticed)… and yet… and yet… I keep picturing it as a shirt. Something with a cowl neck or some fun draping… maybe ruching…

Maybe it’s just the lure of the forbidden. The one piece of fabric I’m not really allowed to use up for myself…

Anyway, I think I will sew something tomorrow. Not sure what. Maybe play with my new fabrics. I’m tempted to turn the sweatshirt material into a “kimono bunnyhug,” not least because those of us who actually know what a bunnyhug is need to stick together ;). Or I could try and make my wool pair of pants. That’s pretty tempting, actually. I haven’t done anything else (like put pockets on) with the ones I made last week, not least because Tyo’s preparations for her costume have involved a LOT of red paint which she managed to get EVERYWHERE… including on my new pants and and my hubby’s white shirt. Grr. So some quality time with the oxy-clean is in order :P.

We’ll see. Am I mentally ready for welt pockets? hmmm….



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12 responses to “Hallowe’en, Lassitude, and poverty

  1. Celkalee

    For Halloween I am going to gather up all my wadders and not quite rights, layer them and go as a forlorn seamstress! Just finished knitting a cozy shrug, look like a bear. Maybe I’ll add a tape measure around my neck, hair tied up in a ratty piece of selvage, and of course, bedroom slippers! Oh…that would be a typical day lately! Sewing stagnation here, just can’t rev up…Oh well, have a blouse to cut out, lots of adjustments, not sure about fabric, might need to think on this a while!

  2. The printer, the unattainable fabric fantasies all hit pretty close to the mark for me. It’s hard to be excited when you can’t find much to be excited about (sewing-wise). Hmmm… Where’s your email address?

  3. Yay! I’ve missed your posts. I totally get feeling budgetary pain. boo. It forces me to be creative with what I already have on hand. And do mending and alterations. Ick.

    and Celkalee!! My seamstress outfit would totally be me, wearing my undies and a cardigan. And one shoe. That is inevitably what I end up wearing while sewing! It’s so annoying to keep undressing to try things on and I am completely incapable of dealing with the foot pedal unless I’m barefoot. even socks throw me off a bit!

    • LMAO. Especially considering I suspect your Hallowe’en weather isn’t much better than ours… I remember as a kid it was always a tug-of-war between a cool costume and one you wouldn’t freeze your a$$ off in. >_<

  4. Not sure if this is something you want to do to those shoes, but one of my punk friends in highschool drew flames and checkers on his high-topped converse with a sharpie. I recall another friend had painted his. I thought it was very cool.

  5. I am still panicking over my daughter’s costume. What she wants COULD be bought pre-made but its looks horrible. She wants to be Aang from “The Last Airbender” but it has to be the CARTOON one, not the movie. So I get to do my first ever draped design on a seven year old’s anime costume. *sighs*

    And because of the dread of this, I’ve either gotten nothing else done or messed up what I’ve been trying to do.

    • LOL! My girls have been watching those obsessively on Netflix lately (the whole series at least three times, I think). I think it wouldn’t be too hard to draft most of it, though, with a wee bit of draping for the cape. Is she going to be a big stickler for details like the brown rectangles inside the legs and the odd connection between the cape and the sleeves? At least the cartoon just has a blue arrow for the tattoos, not all those complicated squiggles from the movie!

      Syo informs me that she’s going to be Princess Yueh next year. fun! 😉

  6. She is a stickler for details, honestly. But after doing some research, the outfit is a yellow shirt/chaps over brownish leggings and then the cape is separate on top of that. I’m tempted to go look for a yellow long sleeve shirt and use that as a base.

    OH, and her uncle made her a frame as the glider. It just needs the fabric attached for the wings.

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