One Little Peacock
Last Friday as I was running errands about town I drove past Hobby Lobby and spotted their new “Now Open” sign. I threw all other errands out the window, flipped around in the next intersection and made my way to crafting heaven. While browsing this giant of a store I found the perfect piece of fabric. And an idea that’s been flitting around in my head for a long time marched right up to the front and demanded some attention.
I went home and started drafting pattern pieces and snipping and pinning and sewing. As I went along I kept getting other ideas, and I’d add them to my mix. I went to four fabric stores in 3 days to purchase five spools of thread, yards of shiny polysatin, sparkly tulle, and miles of sequins. I spent one whole evening with my freezer paper and my iron creating 40 individual applique feather pieces so I could hand sew them to the skirt.
Yep, all those feathers are completely sewn by hand. It was faster and less frustrating than trying to pin it to death and sew it with the machine. And I didn’t have to worry about (and unpick) all those stitching lines that would have been less than perfect. Sometimes my OCD need to have things perfect, and my severe desire to procrastinate all projects until the last possible minute really conflict with each other. Thankfully this time they played nice with each other. And I got to spend some good girltime on the couch watching old chick flicks while I sewed feathers.
I am totally amazed that Creamie’s costume is done and finished a full 8 days before her costume party. But, that doesn’t mean that ALL Halloween costumes are finished. I’ve got mine and Scott’s in the stacks…. I’ll let you know how they go.
I am totally pleased with how my little peacock looks. It’s not perfect by any stretch, and if I was making another I’d work in a few changes. Maybe if I end up with some extra time before Halloween I’ll add a few more rows of sequins, and maybe shorten the tutu by a few inches.
There are 77 separate pieces all sewn together in the peacock pinafore (not the perfect descriptive word, but it’s pretty close). But I didn’t want the whole costume to be just for Halloween. So the tutu is a separate piece, and i just added some sequin trim to a black T-shirt in her drawer. I am hoping to get a few real peacock feathers to sew into her sequiny headband. We’ll see how it goes.
Without all the peacock business she is just your regular tutu punk child. The tutu can go straight into her dressup box and anyday she’s in the mood to sort out rocks, I’m sure the tutu and “boots” will be happy to come along.
Or you know, if she gets into the mood to kick stuff. It’s the perfect outfit for some kicking.
I’m adding this to Sew+Tell at Amy’s. I am still in shock that I finished her costume a full week ahead of schedule. It’s truly amazing to me. Now I’m back to drafting the pattern for my costume. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be another week of late nights and banana splits for dinner before I get done. If you are waiting for an email from me, I’ll get to it after Halloween. I’m weeks behind, but I couldn’t be more happy with the reason why.