It happens every year. Every year, I talk with my girlfriends, my husband, and my child about what fanstastically creative Halloween costume I am going to make for my kid. I always have these grand intentions that I am going to sew something remarkably creative and cute, something that really goes beyond what Target or Costco could ever think to offer. I get inspired when I see friends making costumes, like the homemade costumes of Elmo and Snow White I witnessed in production a few years ago. Yes, I could do that! I, too, can create something beautiful and wonderful, something to be remembered long after Halloween night is gone.
Then the inevitable happens. I go to Target, or to Babies ‘R Us, and I drop 15 bucks on a premade costume, telling myself it would cost that much to make something spectacular, and then my kid goes trick or treating looking like every other kid whose mother caved at Target, too. (more…)