current mood: amused
This weekend was the harvest party. And this year, for the first time ever, I actually went full-out in making myself a costume. I was originally talking about being a Jedi with Ashley (she wanted to be Yoda again), but Pastor Rebekah heard me and told me I should do something different (she later claimed she didn't remember doing that, but by that time it was too late) ... so I was on the hunt for something classic, iconic, and fun.
Scrolling through kid friendly costuems a few weeks ago, I happened across a cosplay of Cinderella's fairy godmother, and I realized it was the PERFECT character for me ... I mean, seriously, it couldn't be more perfect. So I did some research and quickly figured out that every costume out there was too expensive and not really what I wanted anyway, so I decided to make it.
I started about a week ago - I took a trip to Joanne's and found the fabric I wanted. I laid it out and started cutting the "jacket" almost right away (it was a little complicated, since it needed to be lined with pink. I finished my initial shape cuts and started sewing the lining in before I realized that I'd made a MAJOR mistake - the cuts I'd made for the arms made the whole thing too small. It sort of fit, but it stretched over my chest and ended up laying terribly and looking all wrong. So that was a bit of a setback.
So I left it, and a few days later I started making the dress. That was MUCH easier. I'd flipped through some basic dressmaking patterns and figured out the darting for the top. I kept it sleeveless for the sake of simplicity, and cut a square neckline because it seemed easiest. Once I'd made the top, I attached a few layers of tulle to the bottom of it, and then pinned and sewed the skirt over that. It was properly poofy without turning into a ballgown. I really wish I'd had an extra yard of blue fabric to make the skirt a litle bigger, but it ended up working fine.
Then I tackled the jacket again. I really didn't want to spend the money on new fabric, so I ended up doctoring up a fix to change where the sleeves started, and even though it was complicated and a little messy, it worked out fine in the end.
I still needed a little more material for the hood, the sash, and the bright pink bow, so the day before the party I took a last-minute trip to Joanne's and got the supplies. Of course, we were in the city that night, so I didn't get a chance to start working on it until almost midnight. I was so tired I kept making stupid mistakes, but in the end it turned out nearly perfect! I was unreasonably excited about showing it off the next day lol.
When Sunday came and I actually put on the costume and came out of the bathroom all of the kids who were already there literally RAN over to me screaming because they loved it so much. I got a ton of hugs and I had to explain to a few of them who I was, but then I got to play the "I'm your fairy godmother, who's Paula" game, which I always enjoy more than I should lol.
The adults loved it too - Alev literally squealed when she saw it and came running over. PQ had no idea who I was, but most of the women did (I guess that shouldn't surprise me), and the rest of the day was a smashing success. There were a ton of new families there, the kids all had a lot of fun, the games all went great, and by 5:30 we were done with the official entertainment and spent the last 30 minutes taking pictures of the families in front of the decorations in the front of the room.
At a few different points during the night, I got asked for photos, and some of them turned out really great. There's one picture of me and a few of the guys who were in legitimate costumes. That one turned out really nice. And there were a few where I agreed to do "the pose" the one that she's always making on every disney item ever - and one or two of those turned out great too.
Is it the best Harvest Party we've ever thrown? I'm not sure - it certainly came close. The real test will be seeing how many of these families come to church in the future. But it was probably the most fun I've ever had at one. It was awesome!
Next year I'm thinking of doing Belle or Little Red Riding Hood (unless something else awesome comes out)