I found having 3 small children tough going. And I must have made it look tough, because people that I haven't seen for a while usually ask me how we are getting on now. Well, life must be getting easier, because this year I sewed 2 out of 3 book week costumes. Not that there is anything wrong with PVA glue and crepe paper. I'm not one for competitive parenting. I think that most of us just do what we can.
This is what I could do this year.
Did you guess who they were? The Grand Old Duke of York, Madeline and Tikki Tikki Tembo.
The Duke's jacket was based on an old Top Kid's pattern. It is a raglan sleeve, but it had the collar that I wanted, so no epaulettes for this duke. I went to Vinnies for the buttons. I could not find any clothing with gold buttons so I asked the ladies behind the counter if they could recall any garments with gold buttons on them. They went and looked at the clothes out the back and then dug through their sewing tin and came up with the perfect buttons. What lovely, helpful ladies! The Duke is so proud of his costume that he has been wearing it out and about all week.
Madeline was self drafted from a basic Burda bodice. There were several other Madelines there today, but I think mine was the most adorable.
The third child did not get a hand sewn costume because he declared that he hated book week and hated dressing up. No point wasting sewing time there! Must be the age, because nearly every boy in his class came as a football player.