Most years, the Jonesies have been very compliant about letting their crazy Mommy coordinate their Halloween costumes in some sort of theme... We've done Goldilocks and the Three bears, Insects, characters from Toy Story, and the Wizard of Oz. This year, however, I had a bit of a mutiny on my hands.
First of all, book-a-holic and aspiring Egyptologist Annie decided to be Cleopatra. Then Henry insisted on being a vampire, and likewise, Charlie wanted to be a skeleton. Sophie insisted on being a scary witch, though, being the daughter of a tutu/bowmaker I had to modify that request in my own special way... (yeah, I'm not sure what Annie's doing with the umbrella in this picture either...)
...so Soph became an adorable "Ballerina Witch"! First I made the tutu - a fantastic blend of green and black tulle with spikes of spooky spiderweb fabric and fancy ribbons. Then I decided to dust off the old sewing machine and I created a coordinating corset with a shirred back. Cu-ute! I was, of course, inspired by the way it turned out, so we added a super-Tallulah-ized witch hat and I whipped up a quick peasant shirt. Black fishnet tights and sparkly ballerina flats rounded out the outfit and I dare say, she was the cutest witch around!
I liked it SO much that I decided to modify it to make a costume for Maggie, my sweet Little Bo Peep. She had a tutu in two shades of pink with big satiny pink bustles on the hips. She wore a similar peasant shirt and corset and added pantaloons and a super-Tallulah mop hat with a giant pink and white bow with lamb button in the center. It was precious, if I do say so myself.
Needless to say, I'm pretty exhausted between finishing costumes and working on Christmas bows for Tallulah's upcoming bazaar weekends... Time to rejuvenate and get moving! Can't wait for the holidays!!!