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« on: January 13, 2012 05:48:11 AM »

My kid's school has been running a Pirate week this week. every other class in the whole school of 400 kids got a letter saying there's a dressing up day on 13th of jan.
My kid's class didn't get the letter, and we only found out midweek that the rumours of a dressing up day were, in fact, true.
Now I am not going to go out and spend nearly 10 on an outfit which will, at best, only be worn two times. and thankfully, I'm rather fond of skulls.

here is the lovely Sophie wearing her 15 minute Pirate's outfit. thank god I can sew.

pantaloons made from the sleeves of a slightly felted old jumper. time taken: 10 mins. including elasticated wide band waistband and belt loops to hold the scarf... waistband and crotch seam machine sewn, belt loops hand sewn as an afterthought.
shirt, grey cable knit tights: model's own. scarf being used as a belt belt and head bandanna model's mother's own Wink.
waistcoat made in 3.5 mins from an old fleece she'd outgrown on the sleeves and neckline.
earring: stick on card maker's jewel. heart shape.

she's had lots of compliments and I've not made a big thing about it being home made. I'm an oddity among mothers at sophie's school as I make things. not a lot of others do. my kid is generally the only one in a home made outfit, and I often feel like the gossip behind my back is "there she goes again" etc lol. so, only my best friend knows hahahaha.

here she is in the Pirate parade, between two commercially outfitted kids.

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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012 07:27:52 AM »

great job! It looks way better than any of those store-bought pirate get ups...

Being the DIY mom can be tough, but it is so rewarding.
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012 07:46:07 AM »

DIY moms rock!

fast, inexpensive, original, fun...

your child looks very much the pirate...put together with whatever a pirate would have...

I love the pantaloons...

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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012 09:48:00 AM »

Yep, I'm a DIY mom.  And come from a DIY Mom.  All my costumes were homemade.  I loved it, and it made me feel super special. So keep it up, despite the gossips.  That's a really cute pirate outfit.  Your Daughter looks great!

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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2012 11:20:03 PM »

Pirate dress up day!  Lucky kids! 

You done good, 15 minutes and $13 saved (I converted into Canadian Cheesy).  The other moms are probably a little intimidated by your sewing skills.  Being able to produce something that most people only can buy in stores is a little bit like magic in our modern society. 

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