Thursday, September 29, 2011

Halloween approaches...

... and the talk turns to costumes. My son is at that age - he's 12 (a TALL twelve), and is still sort of wanting to go trick or treating. But his age, and especially his height, are against him. The fact that most of his friends are smaller than him is a point in his favour, so they might yet still go out. If not, there might be a large group of them in my house that night...

But... he still wants a costume. And I'm still enough of a sucker that I will indulge him again this year. Last year's Robin Hood was a pretty big hit. And easy, since it was a pattern - I just followed the directions. So when I casually asked what he wanted for this year, I wasn't really prepared for this:
Meet Ezio from the video game Assassin's Creed. (Yes, I let my 12 year old play Mature rated video games. Yes, I'm a horrible mother, but I highly doubt he will grow up to be a serial killer. We monitor and talk about what going on.)
Anyhoo, Simplicity, McCalls, Butterick and Vogue don't make these patterns. So I'm cobbling it together. I have a couple of patterns that will work with some tweaking for the main parts, and the hood and cape. The belt will be interesting to figure out, and I've already told him he can forget the hidden hand knives. I do have some standards!
I hit Fabricland last weekend for the members sale, and haunted the clearout section. I got some great heavy white cotton, some metallic red, and bits and pieces of other stuff to make this work. We can steal from some past costumes and stuff around the house for the belt and such, and I guess my tall black boots will be pulled into use again (if they still fit him!)

I admit, I do like making his costumes, and I get a lot of pleasure from the creation of them. But sometimes, I wish for the easy...

5 comments:

Karen said...

Just one thing to be aware of that you might not think about on Halloween, but kids who are old enough to go out "alone" (I mean in groups of kids, no parents present) can run into trouble from people at home giving out candy!

My son waited until later to tell me about an incident at a house where a man (probably a beer-drinking, live-alone kind of guy, I'm guessing) felt it was okay to shove my son for daring to be 12 and ask for candy. My son was walking around in a hot, sweaty Darth Vader helmet, and had taken it off to cool down a bit. I don't know, maybe the guy thought he wasn't dressed up enough with the cape, the front panel, and black pants and sweater, carrying the helmet and light saber, but still. It is not okay to assault a child for coming to your door on Halloween! (Sorry, this still touches a nerve with me.)

Oh, and I had to laugh about your son wearing your boots. On that occasion my son was wearing my black leather ankle boots with wide toes and clunky heels (a somewhat unisex style) -- even though they pinched his toes. He figured Darth Vader in Reeboks just wouldn't cut it.

Anonymous said...

If your son wanted a ghost "costume" made with a sheet we'd have to question his DNA. He's as creative as his mother!
I think it's great how y'all foster his interests.
Marlyce in Windsor

Anonymous said...

My son is also a fan of Assassin's Creed. Unlike you I cannot sew a stitch! My sewing machine have been starring at me for over 18 years! I bought it thinking I will conqueur my fear and sew amazing things. NOT! Can wait to see the finish costume. Your son is very blessed!

KnitTech said...

What an awesome looking costume!! Can't wait to see how it looks when it's done.

Anonymous said...

My friend, kniter54, from Ravelry, made her 25+ son that costume for Dragoncon in Atlanta last month. We saw pictures and it was Awesome! I know he will love it and hope you get it done in time.
GrizzlyBear