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One Little Peacock

October 22, 2010

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.

peacock #1

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.

peacock #2

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.

peacock #3

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.

peacock #4

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.

peacock #5

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.

peacock #6

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.

peacock #7

Or you know, if she gets into the mood to kick stuff.  It’s the perfect outfit for some kicking.

peacock #8

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.

37 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2010 5:12 am

    I love her costume, it’s so cute! Creamie really does remind me of my baby niece. 🙂

  2. October 22, 2010 6:18 am

    that is the cutest thing i have ever seen!!!! amazing i would of never thought a peacock outfit!!!

    Awesome job!

  3. October 22, 2010 7:25 am

    love, love, love!

  4. sara permalink
    October 22, 2010 7:54 am

    this. is. awesome.

    you = amazing. great mama. you’re giving her memories she’ll cherish for a lifetime:) that’s the best story yet.

  5. October 22, 2010 8:41 am

    I love it! She is so adorable, and I like I said before, the colors are wonderful.

    I always let my kids play in their costumes year-round–when else is that chicken/tiger/cat/Cinderella costume ever going to get some use? Granted, they aren’t hand sewn masterpieces, but still… Dress up is their favorite game.

  6. October 22, 2010 8:42 am

    And did you say hobby lobby? Down here? Amazing!

  7. Annie permalink
    October 22, 2010 8:51 am

    It turned out great!! I cannot wait to see how YOUR costume turns out!! E had a halloween party on Wed and I finished his on Wed on my lunch break from work – hows that for procrastination! I am glad that it is done and over with. Now I am going to try and perfect AJ’s a bit before the real halloween comes up.

    Happy Crafting!

  8. October 22, 2010 9:04 am

    Dear Pink,

    Your post has been sitting open in a tab for 40 minutes now while I try to come up with a response that is at the appropriate level of awesomeness for Creamie’s peacock costume. But I’ve got nothing. Speechless. Wowed into silence. Somehow, ‘nice work’ just doesn’t cut it. Even ‘beautiful job’ or ‘amazing’ just isn’t quite what I mean. Hence, the a big old blank spot where my comment should be.

    Nice work!

    xo -El

  9. October 22, 2010 9:05 am

    P.S. Hobby lobby has fabric? Where is this mecca of crafty-ness? I didn’t know we had one!

  10. October 22, 2010 9:44 am

    Gah! The cute is killing me.

    Love the converse. 😉


  11. October 22, 2010 10:02 am

    Too Cute! and Beautiful! Love the peacock tail and all the tulle and the sequins…my goodness.

    She looks very happy!

  12. October 22, 2010 10:17 am

    Um. Hello. My Name is Kelly, and I am in awe.
    Seriously; you’re daughter’s costume is a-dor-able. You are so talented, and I’m glad you linked up so we can all gawk at how cute this is!

  13. October 22, 2010 10:45 am

    Wow, wow, wow!! That is one adorable costume and little girl, too! 🙂 What a fun night of trick-or-treating that will be. Congrats!

  14. Tami B permalink
    October 22, 2010 10:48 am

    Creamie looks adorable in her peacock costume!!! She’s lucky to have you as a mama!!!
    Great job.

  15. October 22, 2010 11:02 am

    Insanely fantastic. You’re so genius and I hope you get Creamie into dance, or maybe rugby, ‘cuz she’s got an incredible kick.

  16. October 22, 2010 11:17 am

    Oh my gosh! That is so beautiful that it hurts my heart! Great job, I LOOOOOVE it so much!!

  17. October 22, 2010 11:22 am

    So adorable! And it looks like she loves it just as much as the rest of us : )

  18. Sara permalink
    October 22, 2010 11:26 am

    So fun to see the finished product!!! Don’t think I would have the patience to even attempt a project like this. You are AMAZING! Love it!

  19. Kim permalink
    October 22, 2010 11:41 am

    Man that looks like so much work but it turned out SOOOO Cute! 🙂 I love it!

  20. October 22, 2010 1:44 pm

    What an awesome costume! The peacock tail is amazing, great job and she better win the costume contest. It must be fun to have a girl!

  21. October 22, 2010 3:31 pm

    Just beautiful! a superb job of this costume and all from scratch as well! Great photos as well. I’m sure she will use this costume a lot when it’s in her dress-up box.

  22. lacey permalink
    October 22, 2010 3:49 pm

    love it! so cute and you are amazing!

  23. October 22, 2010 4:17 pm


  24. October 22, 2010 7:14 pm

    You are too amazing, E! How can you just pull pattern pieces out of your head and make it materialize?!! Beautiful – and what an original costume idea.

  25. October 22, 2010 8:38 pm

    Wow!!! What a cool costume. Great going. Creamie looks so cute.

  26. jen permalink
    October 22, 2010 11:28 pm

    wow! That’s impressive. Very cute!

  27. October 23, 2010 2:16 am

    WOW that is just the most adorable thing – and so is the model for that matter! Great job – my girls (and I lol…) would love one of these.

  28. Paige permalink
    October 23, 2010 6:04 am

    Good Morning, E!!

    That costume is the cutest thing I have ever seen. No, Creamie is. But anyway, you and Creamie must have a blast together. Brings back another memory (I know, another trip down memory lane..) , My daughter was about Creamies age and I bought her one of those standard issue pumpkin costumes that had green leaves around the neck. I put that thing on her and she marched to the corner, sat down and started crying and pulling at the leaves…. then she was laying in the floor crying. Needless to say, she went trick or treating as herself that year. (Even when she went to elementary school, she couldn’t bring herself to dress up for ‘wacky-tacky’ day. Didn’t understand the concept. Couldn’t understand why anyone would want to be tacky…ever. Sigh. I always thought it would be fun!!).

    Have an absolutely wonderful day.

  29. October 23, 2010 8:45 am

    This so cute! Those feathers are just perfect!

  30. October 24, 2010 9:30 am

    I was subbing the day you posted this…

    best toddler costume ever. ever, ever.

    and you already know I adore Creamie. and her kicks. and her mama’s pretty great too.

  31. ashley permalink
    October 25, 2010 6:11 pm

    I LOVE LOVE this!!! I don’t sew (but one day I will!!) and have been trying to figure out how to make myself a peacock for Halloween for years now.. one day I’ll make my little one a peacock!! maybe next year before she’s too old to tell me no 🙂

  32. October 26, 2010 11:28 am

    Oh my goodness! This is the most darling costume ever! The feathers look great. What a smart idea to keep the tutu separate for more use. 🙂

  33. October 26, 2010 12:34 pm

    amazing!! LOVE this costume SO much! you did a fabulous job (like usual) 🙂

  34. October 30, 2010 11:08 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous costume for a sweet little girl! You really went all out. Stopping in from Amy’s sew & tell.

  35. December 13, 2010 11:19 pm

    How did I not comment on this? This one is amazing! I’m speechless.


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