because this year, for the *very* first time, I.....:sob:....*ordered* my children's Halloween costumes, instead of making them myself. :sniffle: I feel like I am in the running for the WWM* award.
This year, Himself has decided he must be Darth Vader. So, I spent a few hours trolling the 'net, looking for patterns. I found them, all right...but. If I am going to make a costume, it is gonna be *authentic*, dammit! (This comes from being married to a Professional costume maker....although *I* draw the line at hunting down the *exact* fabric, having it sent to the original dyer, just so it matches the fabric used on *1* uniform in a short scene in one of the Star Trek movies....yes, he Did. Numerous times. Let's not discuss the *cost*, 'k?) The patterns.....aren't. I could make the changes, yes, and it *is* within the realm of my sewing (lack of) experience, but......
I started to calculate the probable cost of said costume. (Not including the time spent browsing JoAnn's (minimum 2 hours), or the gas to get me there.) So, we have a few yards of black fabric (the patterns call for black sweats. Ummm, no.) for the jumpsuit, a couple of yards of black for the cape, a few yards of black vinyl for the chest plate, belt, gauntlets, boot tops...and fuck the helmet - I'll just go buy the damn thing. Plus a bolt of muslin to do a mock up or 3, to make sure the adjustments fit.........my estimate? Over $100. Ack! (not including the helmet, or the lightsaber, either!)
So, off to Ebay I went. I can get a costume for...$19.99. OR a deluxe one for $29.99. OR! A Super! Deluxe! One for $49.99. Plus the cost for the lightsaber and gauntlets. (I went for the Deluxe one....) Total cost, with shipping? $53. It shipped out yesterday. *g*
Herself wanted to be a fish. *sigh* O-K-dokey. Off I went to look for costumes.......I can't bring myself to make something that stupid looking. The "best of the lot....is basically a hat. With the kid peering thru the mouth - I kept having visions of my daughter hanging on someone's wall like a trophy bass. :shudder:
So, we met and regrouped. She decided a cat would be nice......but not a simple sweatsuit with tail and a headband with ears, no siree bob! It must be *fur*. With a Mask. And whiskers.
Fortunatly for me, there is a lady on Ebay offering to sew costumes...for $29. I paypal'd the money over last night. *g*
I have now spent all of my "disposable" income for the month, but I figure I got off cheaper than if I tried to sew them, and I'm Done. The kids are happy, because they know the costumes are on the way...and that's what counts, right?
*WWM = World's Worst Mother