Friday, June 11, 2010

mad skills

I have gotten some lovely comments from you all about my sewing projects. Thank you! I think it helps that I can imagine how I will sew something and how it will go together before I set out cutting and pinning. But I would have to guess that my mad sewing skills came from these two people...

My Dad and Mom. 

At some point, many years ago {maybe 18 yrs ago?}, I received the child-sized version of a Singer sewing machine. {Hey Mom! What happened to that thing?} I used it right away to make my Cabbage Patch doll a dress. I still have my doll, Jilly is her name, and I still have the dress. My mom taught me to sew by machine and hand.

My Dad, however, is the mastermind behind my childhood Halloween costumes. He {and my Mom too, I'm sure} would pick out something for me to be, and then make the costume from scratch. Mom helped, but I'm pretty sure Dad dreamed up what it would look like and how elaborate it would be.

I only have some pictures of the many, many costumes they made over the years, but I thought you would like to see how awesome they are. Plus, I like to think I was kinda cute as a youngster.

{McDonald's Small Fry}


{Wrigley's Spearmint Gum}

{Crest Toothpaste}

{Peanut & Plain m&m's}

Some of the other really awesome ones are missing from my collection, but these are definite highlights. I always loved having the best costume on the block! 

I'm off to finish a couple of projects! Have a great evening!



  1. Wow! Those costumes are amazing. Your mom and dad should open a costume shop. I love the fries and the toothpaste.

  2. wow those are super impressive!

  3. Thank you both! I need to find pictures of some of the other ones... Halloween was definitely a fun time in our house!

  4. Oh, how fun to see those again! I'm so glad to hear you say you enjoyed Halloween rather than having bad memories of being forced to wear those oversized, cumbersome costumes. And you WERE cute as a kid and STILL ARE!
    You are most definitely correct, your Dad deserves most of the credit. The creativity and engineering always came from him, I just happened to know how to use a sewing machine. I could never imagine, in my head, how those projects would turn out in the end.
    You were a very good student, as your sewing skills have surpassed mine ten fold.
    You amaze me!!
    I'm looking forward to seeing the costumes that you'll make for your own children some day:)
    Love you,

  5. Thank you, Mommy! I guess I had a great teacher!


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