Dress Up Vest

I got a chance to make Bug a darker vest for his pirate costume (check out the pirate shirt un-pattern here) and took a bunch of pictures along the way. Here is the Dress Up Vest Un-Pattern or you can find it in our Free Patterns Section. I will also be sharing the quick directions for making the sash and rings.Read more

Dress Up Vest Un-Pattern

Here is the Un-Pattern for the Child's Dress-Up Vest. (Why an UN-Pattern? Because you actually have to draw up your own pattern... we just tell you how we made ours).

For this project I used about 1 yard of Navy Corduroy and 1 Yard of a cotton print and 3 large silver buttons.

 

 

Ahoy Matey!

Dress up clothes are played with daily around here. The box that is supposed to contain them is usually dumped all over the library floor in the kids' attempt to find some magical accessory that must always be at the very bottom of the bucket. Since they love dress up... planning their Halloween costume is a favorite activity. They spend hours imagining all the cool characters they could become. Planning starts, oh in July probably, with a final choice made in September.

Bug is enthralled with pirates at the moment (a nice change of pace for us... I was having a hard time listening to any more Star Wars talk). For the last few weeks I've heard about his needing a pirate shirt every day. This weekend I was able to sit down and work on it for him. I didn't have a pattern, just a vague idea of what I wanted it to look like and an old, stained piece of muslin with which to work. I'm not really sharing a pattern per se, there was a whole lot of fudging going on... but I am going to walk you through my thought...Read more

Scary Stories by the Fire


The gnome children have been busy all week getting ready for Halloween. Their normal garb is usually dull woodland colors so it is very exciting to be dressed in colorful and unusual costumes. 

 

Malena wanted to be a witch. She thought painting her face green and running around cackling would be great fun. Although her mother said she was being naughty, she thought it was ever so much fun scaring her little brother.
 

Dag wanted to be a clown. Although gnomes take their jobs very seriously, they also enjoy a hearty chuckle. Whenever possible, Dag likes to make his friends laugh. His father told him this was a very good quality indeed. This Halloween he wanted to make all his friends laugh!

 

Tabitta likes nothing better then writing stories about dragons and castles. She has never seen either, but she hopes she will some day. In the meantime, she likes to pretend she is a princess, trapped in a tall tower, waiting for a brave prince to come save her. She was rather disappointed Dag did not dress up like a prince.
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