OOOOO That’s Scary! Spider Princess Cape

When my kids were babies, I loved making their Halloween costumes every year.  Bunny rabbit, princess, skunk, three musketeer, knight, pirate, vampire, and Red Riding Hood’s cape are just a few that come to mind.  Every year I looked forward to when the kids would finally decide on what to be and then I could start looking for just the right pattern.

When the kids became teenagers they were suddenly disinterested in me making their costumes and more enthralled with all the stores had to offer.  I was heart-broken.  Still, for several years I was able to make accessories or capes for their costumes.  It was definitely some consolation.

Now that the kids are adults, it’s hit or miss as to whether or not they’ll want a costume, let alone me to make them one.

This year, Grace decided to be an octopus and wanted me to make her costume.  There was no pattern, but with a picture found on the internet I figured I could muddle my way through.  As we searched the racks of fabric for just the right one, we found an amazing black organza with purple glitter spiders all over it.  I teased her (wishing in my heart she’d be interested) that she should be a spider princess.  DONE!  She loved the idea.  So we bought every bit of the material, black satin, and purple satin, and went in search of a pattern.  All Grace wanted me to make for her costume was an amazing cape. Everything else she told me she could find in her closet.

Unfortunately, none of the patterns we found were what she wanted.  All of them had hoods.  So I had to improvise.  Sometimes I really surprise myself.  For not being a seamstress, or anything close, I think fudging a collar and lining the cape turned out pretty darn well.

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Although the days of making my kids entire costumes might be over, I am glad that I can still contribute something every once in a while, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

Comfy-Cozy For Halloween

Finally finished my second fleece swing coat — the Halloween version.


Surprisingly, this second coat had more issues than the first.  I thought the second time around would mean a quicker project, but that’s not how it worked out. Still, I’m happy with the results.  Again it’s not perfect, but unless you’re really looking, I doubt you’d notice.

The coat is warm, comfortable, and when I wore it to the grocery store this morning the clerk greeted me with, “Don’t you look festive!”  That made me feel good.  I had decided because of the difficulties this jacket posed that I wasn’t going to make one for Christmas, but before I write off the possibility, I’m going to let it rest for a day or two.  I will need to make a decision soon though, as the stores are already starting to get low on their holiday fleece.

Another project off my to do list and into the closet.  It feels great to accomplish a goal that was set last January and for this I am — Simply Grateful.

Homemade Comfort

The past couple of weeks have been challenging, to put it mildly.  After too many mishaps, spills, and catastrophes I finally took a moment to do something a bit different.

I have been sewing for years but would never consider myself a seamstress, in any sense of the word.  I have made all the valances and drapes for our home, most of the kids Halloween costumes throughout the years, and a few other projects, but still, my skills are limited.

Even though my sewing abilities are limited, it doesn’t stop me from trying.  This morning I spent three hours working on a fall swing coat.  I bought a pattern for the coat last winter after Christmas with the intension of making seasonal/holiday swing coats.  Until now this plan just sat in the back of my mind, waiting for the right moment.  Today was the right moment.


When I went shopping for the fall/Halloween fabric the stores were already sold out of all the fleece.  I found this particular fleece and thought it would definitely be appropriate for fall.  I cut the pieces out a few days ago and sewed it this morning.

It isn’t perfect.  Nothing I ever make is, but I think it looks pretty good.  What would I do differently for the next one — I think I might line it.  I love to line things because it always gives it a more finished look.  At least a homemade finished look.

Taking a breather from everything that just doesn’t seem to be working out for me felt good this morning and so does the wonderfully soft fleece drapped over my shoulders right now, and for this I am — Simply Grateful.