Dressing Up

I have a cousin named Jane, who, for a period of her childhood, refused to leave the house without a tail. I believe the tail was of the dinosaur persuasion and I don’t think it mattered what it was made out of – so long as it protruded from the back of her pants visibly. Now in her late 30s, she is worried that this story makes her seem “weird” but I assure you, there are about 25 other things that make her seem weird, not the least of which is how much sugar girlfriend puts in a cup of coffee. Seriously, you could get type II ‘beetus just from looking at her do it.

But I digress.

Virginia’s imagination continues to grow and reach hilarious new heights each waking hour, and she comes to me with matter of fact explanations of her current and future activites, “Wellll, I’m just going to work right now? I’m a lady bus driver so I well…I just have to let these senior citizens on because well, because they are just always going places!” or “This song kinda makes me feel like getting married. I think tomorrow I will get married.”

Who are you going to marry?

“My husband.”

Duh.

And of course there is the more typical, I’m a fairy / I’m a dog feeder / I’m Annie / I’m the little girl from Annie (Molly) / I’m Miss Hannigan / I’m Foofa / I’m your mom / I’m a baby / I’m a friendly alligator…

Anyway- all this pretend play action has me thinking it’d be fun to flesh out her prop trunk beyond the clikity-clackety yellow plastic Disney high heels (a gift from a neighbor child thankyouverymuch) that she of course LOVES.

Below are some less horrifying alternatives!

1950s flower costume - $40


The measurements are in metric and despite living in Canada for about 7 years I have no idea what an 80cm bust means, but I’m sure there’s an app for that. Celsius is easy though guys – double it and add 30. Boom- you got Fahrenheit. You’re welcome.

Peacock wings $30

1960s "Indian" girl costume - $28


I’m not going to address whether or not this is culturally insensitive or not. Call it a “native american” tunic if you want. It’s not a costume’s job to teach your kid to not be a schmo, it’s yours. I think it’s ‘Dances with Adorable.’

Captivating Capes - $75 (handmade in a variety of colors and trims)

Natural linen party hat $18

Wovenplay 'ribbon socks' $30

Animal tails $38

Mouse tail $24

Felt mouse ears headband $18

And if you’re handy with a sewing machine…

McCall's 1560 sewing pattern // Girls' Angel and Fairy Queen Costume $7.00

1940s Vintage Simplicity Halloween Costume Rabbits Kitty Cat Duck Size 2-4 $8.95

And why should you have to be ambulatory to get in on the cos-play action?

newborn photography prop kitty cocoon $40

You don’t!

Until next time…

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2 responses to “Dressing Up

  1. Aunt Pat actually made that PENGUIN costume for Mike, I think…then it was passed along to you…and you wore it (we have a picture!) I wonder if I still have it somewhere. Hmmm…

  2. Yes- I remember being a penguin for about 6 years in a row, and yes, it’s under your bed… or mine.

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