An acronym that might as well be in a foreign language.
I am the least crafty, least creative, do it yourself person out there. I have been known to use glue to hem jeans. I have used velcro. I am simply not skilled in the world of craft, sewing, or do it yourself anything.
I can shop by myself. I can order things online by myself. I can even talk to myself. But DIY? No. Not so much.
The problem is that my daughter, is a DIY queen. She uses scotch tape like it was golden thread. She can sew on a button or sew a pillow like a master seamstress. No, I did not teach her. Montessori did. (thank you Montessori).
So this year, when she said that she wanted to make her own witch costume, I went pale. When she said she wanted to use fabric and sew, I turned green from the nausea. Helping her make her own DIY witch costume? No, no, no, no, no.
Seizing the Opportunity for Mother Daughter Bonding
Ignoring the panic that was rising from the pit of my stomach, I said yes to the idea of making the witch costume. How hard could it really be? Plus, given Principessa’s propensity for all things creative, I figured that she would be leading us in the DIY charge. I would just be there for moral support. To thread the needle, to tie the knots, to revel in her excitement.
Step One: A trip to the Fabric Store
You have to understand, going to the fabric store as a non crafty, non sewing person is a bit like traveling to a foreign country. I did not speak the language, know the local favorites, or understand the cultural non verbal cues. Our hour there was a mix of ooh and ahhh’s, coupled with a dash of culture shock. Principessa was amazing as she sought out materials, without going over the top, sticking to the vision she had in her mind for her witch costume.
Step Two: Assessing and PlanningNotice the fabric glue. Fabric glue is my friend.
Step Three: Starting SmallI thought about sewing the ribbon on. I quickly gave up that plan and used glue instead.
Step Four: Full ImmersionHard at work sewing and cutting. The result of being hard at work. No, Principessa did not sew this. I did.
Step Five: Voila’
The good news? The costume is finished with time to spare before Halloween. Also? Principessa and I are still alive and talking to one another. And although her DIY witch costume may not win any awards for sewing precision or for elegance, it is exactly how she wanted it to be. She is happy, I am happy, and life is good.
This post is part of Daily Buzz Mom’s 9×9 about Halloween costumes. They provided a gift card for the supplies invovled with the costume. All ideas were Principessa’s (except for the green ribbon around the collar, that was mine).