October 30, 2008
The kindergarten note said simply:
Halloween dress-up party. Friday 31 October.
Please wear a costume.
Our first children's fancy dress. Known to the best test and predictor of future parenting.
At first I thought ...
Let's keep it simple. Mr Hoppo Bumpo's away; I'd better not try anything too ambitious. Maybe a sheet with two holes or something from the discount shop around the corner. Its just a three-year-old kindergarten party after all.
Then I thought ...
No wait -I'd better put a bit more effort in. After all, what good is having a mother who can sew if you are sent off in some cheap PVC costume. I'll make something.
Then it began to escalate ...
If I make something half-way decent, then maybe it can be reused.
And then ...
Wouldn't it be fun to have a really fancy costume?
And so it was, that I found myself sitting amongst 7 metres of fabric, poring over a number of patterns that I had purchased. Trying to work out which cape had the more impressive collar. Then wondering whether the cape lining needed to be understitched to prevent rolling out? Or if the collar would look better top stitched with a twin needle? And then wondering whether Argy would have the best costume ...
Oh no, it had dawned on me all too late.
It starts innocently as a wizard cape, but soon snowballs. By the time we reach the 2008 Christmas pageant, I will have sourced the gold, frankincense and myrrh and a flock of sheep. Then in no time I'd have poor Argy enrolled in a multitude of extra-curricular activities and extension classes. Then I'd be taking him to casting calls for big stage musicals. And have his Olympic training regime well underway.
Someone take me by the shoulders and give me a good shake. Please.
Simplicity 3595 Children's cape with collar (view E). Black cotton drill exterior and sequined lining that makes me think of this girl.
Postscript: I think wizard himself was a little nonplussed with the cape. I have to agree that it is a little bit Hogwarts meets Elvis (in the later years). Maybe a sheet with two holes would have been OK after all.