ME: What do you want to dress as for Halloween?
WILLOW: A round cracker.
ME: Let's go to the Recycling Center and get some cardboard for your cracker costume.
WILLOW: I changed my mind--now I want to be a kitten stuck up a tree.
ME: Do you still want to dress as a kitten stuck up a tree?
ME: Do you still want to be a kitten stuck up a tree?
ME: What do you want to be for Halloween again?
WILLOW: A kitten stuck up a tree.
ME: Should we make your tree branches out of real sticks or PVC pipe?
WILLOW: I don't want to be a kitten anymore; I want to be a duck-billed dinosaur.
ME: Come try on this romper--it's going to be your duckbilled dinosaur body.
WILLOW: I changed my mind--I really, really, really, really want to be a rainbow pony!
ME: Come look in your horses encyclopedia and show me kind of what your rainbow pony should be shaped like.
WILLOW (flipping through book): No, I want to be a zebra! A zebra! Zebraaaaaaa!
My only solution? Sit right down in the midst of the mess and chaos of our Monday morning and spend five hours making this zebra costume before the kid can change her mind and want to be something else!The best part for me? This is all stash!
I used a well-fitting fleece romper of Will's as a template to create a new romper pattern with this black-and-white stretch jersey that a friend gave me a while ago. The zipper is from some I bought at a garage sale for about a nickel a piece this summer. I've actually never put together a piece of clothing like this before, so the structuring required lots of deep thinking and there are a few wonky parts, but who cares about those, right?
The tail has some black fleece from my scrap bin--I really wanted to sew on a button, like on Eeyore's tail, but alas! my button stash is very thin these days. Some days I wish a big jar of buttons would just fall into my lap--that's a very lame wish, isn't it?
The zebra's mane is cut from a boa that lives in the girls' dress-up bin; unfortunately, it doesn't sit very straight when the hood is being worn, but whatever.
And for the ears, I used some pink acrylic felt (made out of recycled plastic bottles!) from the approximately one thousand yards I bought when it was on major sale at Joann's a few weeks ago. I think I'm going to use it again in another little birthday present this week...Fortunately, Sydney, being two, knows her own mind better than Willow knows hers--Sydney has wanted to be a lion from day one, and is perfectly happy with the lion costume that lives in the dress-up bin. Next year, though, I know: I'll keep asking about Halloween costumes until a kid mentions one I think I know how to make, and then I'll make it right that very freakin' minute!
P.S. Read my rant about scary negative environmental rhetoric in children's media on Eco Child's Play.