I recently heard a rumor that Halloween is over and gone. I don’t know if I necessarily believe that but, just in case, decided to post pictures of Abigail’s 2009 Halloween Costume.
Needing to top the legendary Strawberry of ’08, I started brainstorming. Jessica and I decided to try doing a fish, since Abigail’s fishing skills began their development this year at Orcas with Grandpa French.
After an extensive design process and many lunch hours spent cutting pieces, I was ready to begin assembling. I still had hours before Abby needed the costume for preschool so I wasn’t worried.
Here you can see the basic body piece and one row of scales. At this point I was a little nervous. Would the image I had in my head match the actual coming together before me?
And then I finished attaching the scales and smiled. It was even better than I had imagined. I overlapped and staggered the scales which gave it an almost gradiant look and the type of material shimmered in the light every time it moved. I got really excited.
The fins and tail I sort of made up as I went along. I had the basic design planned but added the interior lines at the last minute and thought it looked really cool. You can see how the top of the fins are actually sleeves.
The hood/head was the trickiest part but everything came together really well. The lips went on and the plastic eyes really brought it alive. Unfortunately, I had to go to work so I didn’t get to see it one her until the next night, after she had worn it to school. It made me thankful I woke her up at 2am to try it on her real quick to position the arm and leg holes.
And would you look at that. Strawberry? What strawberry?