Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Making Costumes - Polliwogs and Frogs
I really haven't made many costumes. A few here and there for a Halloween or two, but even then, not much. So when my son's teacher asked me to come and help sew the class costumes for their Spring Fest, I thought it would be fun.
We all showed up in the pre-school classroom on a Saturday. Only one other mom had her own sewing machine and knew how to sew. Our teacher brought one that she had borrowed but after fixing the tension for her numerous times she decided that sewing wasn't for her. I felt bad for her because I know how frustrating it can be when the tension keeps messing up, this was her first time attempting to sew something and I don't think it made a great impression. She also designed the costumes, and I think she had more fun with that.
So the other mom's cut and glued dots on the frogs (in the interest of time we decided to glue the dots, otherwise us seamstresses would be there until midnight!)
While we manned the machines and completed frog and polliwog bodies, stitched up bellies and made adorable feet and hands for those frogs that needed them. The polliwogs didn't need hands, and only those children who elected to be polliwogs with feet needed those.
The show went off without a hitch! The pre-school classes all got to vote on what song they wanted to sing. Our class chose Polliwog in a Bog. The Kindergarten class did a really fun and ambitious version of the Jackson Five's ABC.