With football season officially starting, the girls’ school is having their first Colts Day. We usually don’t participate, simply because while we enjoy football, we don’t enjoy it at the “buy our kids $60 jerseys” level. We’re more $15 kind-of-fans. But these are the Colts, and you can’t get a travel mug for $15 in this town. The girls said they didn’t want to “dress like boys in ugly tshirts”, but they did want to dress up with the school. Couldn’t Mommy just make them look like girls on Colts Day?
Why yes. Yes I can.
Kelly wanted a skirt, the most girly of requests. A 3-tiered skirt should have taken me 1 hour, start to finish, had I cut the 3rd tier once. Instead, I cut it twice, and sewed it together incorrectly once (See what happens when you follow patterns? Those things are written by monkeys and I followed along like a blind baboon, knowing something was wrong.) Greg straightened out the small mess while I cursed the lack of simplicity in the Simplicity pattern. At that point, I was glad Kelly talked me out of making her a dress. I made the dumbest of mistakes, but in a sweet attempt to make me feel better, Greg told me the Monkey Pattern Writers originally wrote it in Chinese, and it was translated into English by Gibbons. Sweet, sweet man.
Sara wanted Board Shorts, and while I couldn’t imagine how I could make them girly, I played along with something like, “The kind Barbie wears before she gets on her surfboard?” Oh yeah, I can play this game. I was hoping she’d let me do a bit of a flared Capri, but she wanted these hit the knee things, which I thought would look like a sack on her, but she loved them. She was right…they were pretty cute after all. These should have taken me also, slightly less than an hour, start to finish, had tiny hands not insisted on helping, and little voices inserting their thoughts, dreams, opinions every 10 seconds. I don’t follow patterns well, and I don’t follow them without losing my temper when everyone is talking to me and tangling up the thread at the same time.
I asked them to give me a sporty football pose, and um…I got this. They are ice skating? Mid-run in pole vaulting? Cat walking? Apparently just posing is a sport in our house. Oh well, they look like GIRLS, and they were very happy with the results. The blinged-up tshirts are from Meijer, in case you were looking for a BOGO deal on white blingy tshirts. As it stands, I probably spent about $20 on each outfit, and a total of 3 hours making them. Not great, but not horrible. I give myself a B+. Sara wanted me to add more “shazamm” to her outfit, but with all that printing, I told her I’m not sure where I’d put it. She also wanted me to make her tshirt short-sleeved, and Kelly has decided she does NOT want to be a Fruit Bat for Halloween after all, and she won’t wear anything but a mask on Virtual Zoo day, and Sara just HAD to take that live grasshopper she caught last night into school today, and Kelly is hauling in a fake fish in a plastic bag (please don’t ask me why)……………………this will all seem a success after 1 cup of coffee and the laundry is put away………….