I more or less finished costumes for the kids this afternoon, just minutes before we dashed out the door for the local Halloween parade to see some of the costumes (especially the decked-out strollers (I liked the Pac-Man rendition) and pet costumes (Spider-dog, walked by Spider-Man, was really cool)) and hang out with friends. I say more-or-less because I still want/need to put a hood on a cloak, but it was wearable without.
Worn with a long blue skirt, this was St. Joan of Arc’s armor. Definitely could have put a fleur-de-lys on the front to make it more obvious. Also, it wasn’t as structurally sound as I had hoped, and next time I make cardboard armor the opening will be either on the side or back, rather than trying to tie the shoulders closed and support the weight on relatively weakened points in the cardboard.
St. Martin of Tours’ half cloak and centurion helmet. Really pretty easy to do (a white shirt with a red rectangle pleated to half of it (and yes, I actually cut fabric for a full cape and cut half off to get the right fullness). Ikinji gets to wear it for at least half the school day on All Saints’ Day and give a short report about Martin of Tours.
St. Brigid of Ireland’s cloak, based on the story about her having a vision of rocking a baby boy to sleep while wearing her tattered cloak. Turns out, the boy was Jesus in the stable, and in thanks, the holes in her cloak had turned to stars. I took some liberty and turned the large Star of Bethlehem into a St. Brigid’s cross. Out of all the costumes, this took me the longest, but will be wearable for cooler weather. Once I get the hood on it.
Probably the most iconic, and the one that took the least amount of time, is St. Theresa of Calcutta’s (Mother Theresa’s) sari. Two flour sack towels and some blue painters tape. Out of all the costumes, this was the most recognizable, and the one that garnered the most comments.