Crazy as a Loom

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Who said Halloween is scary?

Somebody wanted to be a "prairie girl" for Halloween.  Not your usual, but then I wouldn't expect her to be "usual".

All the dresses that we found on line were pretty chintzy looking, so Mimi headed to Joann's Fabrics.

The pattern was a McCall's, and though I expected to pay $11.50, all the McCall's patterns were on sale for 99 cents.
I needed fabric for the hat, and interfacing, but the peach fabric and the cream colored fabric for the dress and the pinafore were part of my bargain shopping in Maine a couple of weeks ago, so they cost under $3.00.
I scrounged the buttons in my button drawer.
So the total cost for this outfit was under $10.00.

The smile on her face:  priceless.   Of course.

 Excuse the messy laundry area.
And the bag of potatoes, since I just went to the grocery store.

 She came for a "fitting", and I only needed to hem it up a bit, otherwise it was a perfect fit.

Now before you say that I am a whiz, please, I have a confession.

It is a SLOPPY job.   I know how to sew.  I can sew.  
It isn't my passion.  So I cut corners, and do it fast, and it could really be a nicer job.

But SHE likes it, and that's all that matters.

Laura Ingalls, eat your heart out.


Deb said...

She looks adorable, Hilary. Well, aren't you talented. I couldn't sew that but I could put the buttons on. ha! My little grand-daughter, Riley is a giraffe this year. I'll post her in her costume soon. Enjoy Halloween.

mudmaven said...

It is absolutely adorable - and she is too! Such a unique and beautiful girl. So good to see that you are able to do so much so soon - you are truly amazing - but then you do know that already right? ~chris

Anonymous said...

You done good, Grandma. Children don't care about the neatness of the stitches, they just care about looking good at Halloween and feeling extra special and I can see by her face that she is in love with this costume and the job you did on it. :-))

Country Girl said...

It's a beautiful costume, Hilary, and probably more well-made than the cheap store-bought things available these days. I'm remembering a scarecrow costume I made for one of my sons years ago using a pattern. It surprised me at how well it out and looked like a professional job. Like this one you made ~

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Susan said...

Oh, Little House on the Prairie was my girl's favorite too. I sewed a "prairie" dress for her when she was in the 4th grade; love that photo. Your little cutie is adorable and I love that she wanted to be something so historical, Great job, XOXO

Rita said...

Well, as a costume it won't be worn frequently, so it should last till she outgrows it. ;) So very cute!!!

Cait Throop said...

OMG she is so beautiful and that outfit! Perfection.

michelle said...

Oh my gosh I love this - I hate all of those plastic-y Halloween Costumes that most of the kids wear these days; and they are so ridiculously expensive. This is great! You have such a real talent in some many crafty areas.

fiberdance said...

simply adorable

grace lovelace said...

oh it is not just a costume but a dress to wear a lot.... love it

cb said...

You're a terrific Mimi. So cute the prairie outfit. And the cost! My style of living.

messymimi said...

What a beauty! She'll be the hit of the town while trick-or-treating.

trish at tangled threads said...

The bare feet just add to the look, but of course, she can't go out trick or treating that way. Way to go, Mimi. What a cutie she is.

Diane said...

I love it! Reminds me when my daughter wanted to go "prairie", too one Halloween. I made something very similar. It looked ok, but it was the bonnet that made it for her! Thanks for sharing.

Diane said...

I love it! Reminds me when my daughter wanted to go "prairie", too one Halloween. I made something very similar. It looked ok, but it was the bonnet that made it for her! Thanks for sharing.

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Anonymous said...

I love it, especially the colors! Laura had nothing on her.

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