My mom is a quilter and she is good at it. She is mathematical, precise, and loves nothing more than a perfectly fitting right angle. She spends so much time on her projects that she can justify the finest fabrics and expects the most beautiful outcome. We had a costume chest when I was young which contained beautifully made capes and ballerina costumes, not to mention perfect drawstring trick or treat bags to contain our spoils. The wonderful thing about this is that these impeccably made items have lasted through the years. My nieces and nephews still wear the capes and my children carry the same trick or treat bags. She was able to truly share her talent for quality sewing with many children through these costumes. I wonder if this is how most of my sewing friends attack this costume making season – dedicating a lot of time and money into one of a kind items. It’s kind of our time to shine. Showing off our talent for friends and neighbors.
I am kinda on the opposite spectrum for a few reasons. When I was about 8 my mother made me one of these amazing clown costumes. I picked out the fabric with her at least a month ahead of time. I remember a lot of bright colors and stars. She spent many late nights making a truly quality garment to wear on Halloween and it did not disappoint. So quality, in fact, that I felt like I should wear it for the next two years as well. It was a little traumatizing. An 11 year old clown is just not cute, let alone cool. Perhaps for this reason, and others, I take a very different approach to our Halloween costumes.
You see, I feel liberated by sewing up a costume in an hour or two, nothing gets pressed, or measured, or reinforced. It’s so satisfying to just fly by the seat of my pants. The fabric is cheap so I don’t worry about messing anything up, I can just be creative. I also don’t worry if the outfit lasts past Halloween because I figure my kids imaginations will be filled with something new next year. If I’m lucky the costume will last long enough to make it into the dress up box afterwards.
I don’t think there is a right way, I am more curious what you guys do.
Do you love sewing up beautiful Halloween costumes that will last through the ages? or
Do you prefer my approach of fast and dirty costume making that has a bit of the “home made” flair?