And I have to say, after sewing three costumes a year for the past several years, I am getting quicker at it. Normally I trace the kids onto the fabric and then pin everything together after cutting it all out to test the fit, but this year I traced, cut, and went straight to the sewing machine, and so far so good.
The first costume is done and it only took me two evenings. Behold, Quinn the skunk:
I honestly have no idea why he decided to be a skunk, but he looks adorable so I'm happy with it.
(A friend told me the other day that they were actually able to identify a thirteen-lined-ground-squirrel in the wild this summer based on their recollection of Quinn's costume, so that made me feel pretty good, above and beyond the fact that my kid liked it.)
That bluejay costume was my favorite. And he still wears it, even though the bottoms of the legs are at his knees now. My kids wear their costumes over and over all year long, so it's worth the effort to make them. Plus it's the only sewing I ever really do, and it's fun.
Next up: Mona the raccoon.