It has been said of quilters that they take perfectly good fabric, cut it into hundreds of little pieces, and sew it back together again, and think that is perfectly normal.
Well, sometimes costumes are a lot like that.
I hesitate to even show these pictures as they are not very good and the work is still in progress, but I was struck this afternoon by how much I love my children and how many small pieces there are in these costumes.
Young Son is the wizard.
Daughter is the cowardly lion.
The wizard hat is a lot of little pieces of assorted green satin and velvet sort of foundation pieced onto heavy interfacing. The lion costume has nearly 400 separate pieces of tulle in 8 different colors.
They both look terrific, but, then, I am probably biased.
There are many things about being a parent I am probably terrible at, but I hope my children will always remember that I chose to spend time on them and the things they cared about. It isn’t always perfect. There are sometimes harsh words and hurt feelings and stress, but I still hope that somehow out of all the little moments we make a life of worthwhile memories.
Little pieces into bigger pieces and patterns–quilters can make many things, including costumes.