Halloween is almost here! If you’ve been following along then you know Marian started her Halloween journey as a zebra, before morphing into a scarecrow, and now this year she’s a……. pirate! And a super cute and fairly prosperous one I might add. No tattered puffy shirt for this girl! Nope, we’ve got a slick velvet coat, gold braids, and even a fur trimmed hat.
I’m extremely happy with how everything came out but this year was a bit of a heart breaker for me. Marian is finally recognizing movie characters and starting to understand the concept of Halloween and I did something I thought I would never do, I denied her of what she really wanted to be. That is, of course, Elsa. All Marian wanted to be was Elsa and I said no because I didn’t want her tainted by that level of reality just yet. Wearing a movie character’s outfit specifically places her in this moment and in this time. I just wanted my baby to be timeless for one more year. Is that so bad?
Actually, the answer is yes. I would complain constantly to my husband about how when we were kids we weren’t obsessed with characters in this way and why can’t kids just play with a doll without it having to be trademarked? Then, at my parent’s house, my sister and I broke into a rather garish rendition of Part of Your World from the Little Mermaid and it hit me like a bag full of dinglehoppers just how much of a hypocrite I had been. We knew all the words with every inflection and every hand gesture. Marian on the other hand knew about 10 words of the Frozen song. Maybe I was never the Little Mermaid for Halloween but to say I wasn’t obsessed with this character or that is just plain wrong. There are quite a few old photos in existence of me sporting a sweet Pee Wee Herman sweater that proves I had my own Elsa dress so to speak.
So let’s just say I learned my lesson and we compromised. Mommy got her pirate photos, and Marian got a $15 Elsa dress (there might be an Ana dress in her closet now too). She can be a pirate on Halloween and Elsa and Ana whenever she wants. As far as next Halloween goes, I have a year to practice sewing with chiffon and silk I suppose.
But back to my pirate…
I ended up using Simplicity #2561 and it was a breeze. I made some stylistic changes on the front of the jacket. The only reason being that they use a velcro closure and I just can’t do that. If you go back to last years costume I did the same thing and used a zipper instead of velcro. I just can’t do velcro, it hurts me. I went with some gold snaps (from Cowgirl Snaps) on the front which meant I couldn’t do the lace like they had it but at the end of the day I think I like it better. I also bought a belt buckle from Joann’s for a few bucks and used some leather scraps I had to whip up a leather belt instead of using felt like the pattern. Also, on the hat, I had to use fabric stiffener. The pattern doesn’t mention it anywhere but without it the hat just flops over.
So without further adieu… Lady Marian, Pirate of the Seas!