Saturday, 17 July 2010

Ahoy there me hearties!

Yesterday The Girl's class had a special pirate day :-)


It would be nice to think that we'd had to scrabble around for a suitable costume, but no: The Girl went to her chest of drawers and pulled out her black tights patterned with skulls, her baggy cut offs and her t-shirt that used to belong to The Boy, which also has a pattern of skulls. All we needed to add was a belt and headscarf, and the hat and cutlass she'd made at school. *sigh*...

They had a lovely time, invading the Year 4 classroom and taking The Year 4 Teacher hostage, compiling a dictionary of pirate slang, following maps to find hidden treasure and so on. However, The Girl had noticed that some other members of her class had worn old t-shirts that had been cut into ragged ends at the bottom hem. The Girl thought that this was a fine idea. The Girl found a pair of scissors and cut into the hem of her own t-shirt. *sigh*...

On the plus side, a while back I bookmarked this tutorial for making a headband from an old t-shirt. Here was my opportunity to try it!

My sewing machine was quite taken aback to be used for something other than papercraft. It argued that it was actually a papercrafting machine. I argued that it was my machine and should darn well do as I said, and besides, sewing machines couldn't talk so how could they argue? It sulked, snarled up the threads a few times and then ran out of bobbin thread partway through a long sequence of stitching, just to spite me. But in the end we managed to produce this:


I decorated it with a couple of lines of large zigzags and a few buttons:


(The zigzags are decorative and also help to hold the band flat; the buttons are decorative and also help to make a tiny dent in my stash.)

And let's see it being modelled:


It goes so well with another of The Boy's hand-me-down t-shirts. *sigh*...


Isn't it cute though?! (Just don't tell The Girl that! Tell her that it looks very piratical and boyish! Otherwise she won't wear it! *sigh*...)

15 comments:

debs14 said...

Definitely boyishly pirate-ish. Not girly headbandy at all.
If it's any consolation, there was never any problem getting fancy dress together in this household either!

Abi said...

This post has made me chuckle! Its a very cute headband but on the girl it looks very "pratical!" Lol! I promise you, by the time she's a teenager you won't be able to get her out of the skirts! Abi xxx

scrappyjacky said...

Love this post....and at least The Girl only cut an old T shirt...and not a zigzag in her hair...unlike DS many years ago!!

Elizabeth said...

... or DS cutting DD's hair before church, two days after a professional haircut!

Very piratical.

Cheryl said...

Aww love it most girls are tom boy now is it a culture thing the Gaz man's niece is the same but with her it is Ben 10 x

Karen said...

Great costume; I hope she had a fabulous time!

Cheri said...

Glad that you won the argument with the sewing machine - mine gives me flack on a regular basis. And I promise not to tell The Girl that she looks looks utterly adorable in that headband! It'll be our secret.

Denise said...

Great post,made me smile :-)x

Clair said...

Sewing on fabric? Who'd have thought? Love the headband though :)

Rhona said...

Just goes to show you can sew things other than paper ;). Looks like The Girl had a wonderful day!

Amy said...

It is absolutely, certainly and definately NOT cute! No way - never ;-)
She looks a fierce pirate too - I'm glad I'm not the year four teacher!

Lizzie said...

Poor Year 4 Teacher! It sounds as if they had a great Pirating Day though.
The Girl made a very good pirate - pity about the t-shirt, but then she wouldn't have had her new headband otherwise. Which would have been a shame, since she can now carry on being Piratical for ever & ever!
Great post, Mel - made me laugh!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I think the parrot is what makes that whole costume! I can't stop giggling at it!
And the girl looks totally adorable in the last picture.
Rinda

Deb said...

:o) The headband is ADORABLE on The Girl ~ love the addition of buttons as a simple-not-too-feminine embellishment. It's fun to see photos of your adorable The Girl too!

sharyncarlson said...

I'm afraid my sewing machine has also turned into a paper crafting machine. Must back something with fabric soon!