Last year my daughter insisted on being Dora for Halloween. I happily obliged, knowing it would be an easy costume to put together. And then I realized I could make Lincoln a Boots costume and all would be right with the world.
Let’s not talk about the fact that when I put Mia in her costume come Halloween day, she cried and said she didn’t want to be Dora. Oh, 3 year olds.
We are on a little getaway right now in California, which makes me so happy. Not only do we get to visit friends and family, whom we moved away from 6 months ago, but we get to enjoy 80 degree weather as we are still hurdling our way through our first real winter in Colorado. I may be as white and pasty as can be, but feeling the warm sun on my skin is amazing and I don’t care if I blind people!
We were headed to the pumpkin patch this weekend and I decided at the last minute that I wanted my daughter to wear something festive. She didn’t own anything orange, black, or fall looking, so I ran to the Dollar Tree and picked up a white tee shirt for $1. Then I created my own pumpkin applique and whipped up a cute shirt in about 30 minutes.
It was time for me to breathe some life back into this old skirt. I’ve owned it for a couple of years now, and recently decided to pull it out of my closet on one of those days where I felt like I had nothing to wear. After checking out the silhouette, I decided the a-line shape was boring and outdated, and that it definitely needed to be updated to a tulip skirt.
With Halloween sneaking up, I thought I would post some photos of the DIY owl costume that I made for my daughter last year. It was really pretty easy, and it turned out adorable.
For inspiration, I pooled together all the owl costume pics I could find (it was a very popular costume in 2011!) and then took the parts of each that I liked the best. I knew my daughter would never wear a mask, so I opted for a headband instead. Keeping in mind that she is a toddler who doesn’t like to be constrained in any way, I barely attached the wings so that she had some flexibility. I made the entire outfit out of felt, which made it cost effective and simple because there was no need to hem any of the pieces. Knowing that she would wear it only once, time and money were big factors in the DIY process!
My little man wearing his Babyville Boutique diaper cover
A while back, I mentioned that JoAnn Fabrics was now carrying a line for DIY cloth diapers and I was super excited about them. I began cloth diapering with my first child around 3 months, and really wanted to start at birth with baby #2. But since babies only wear newborn diapers for 4-12 weeks (depending on the size of your child), I didn’t want to spend money on purchasing some newborn cloth diapers that would barely get worn. I figured I could save some money if I made my own and thought this might be the answer I was looking for.
This weekend I went back to my fashion college roots and refashioned an old shirt that I’ve had hanging in my closet forever. As I chopped off the sleeves, I had visions of creating patterns for paper bag pants and showing off with my straight seams in sewing class (yeah, I was that student). It’s been a long time since I used my sewing machine to fix up my clothing; I generally hate hemming, mending, and sewing clothes. But I have had this H&M shirt for a couple of years now, and I was getting really bored with it so I decided it was time for a change.