Halloween Costume Compromises
The other day, when I posted a photo of Penelope's first real Halloween costume (and in my opinion the best costume ever), a friend asked whether or not Pen wants to pick out her own costume this year. The short answer: Penelope has a set of criteria that I must meet for her to be willing to wear the costume. Below is an Venn diagram that illustrates our preference and overlap:
As you can tell, I try to force my child to be a hipster or at least some sort of gay icon. She suggests Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, I suggest Judy Garland from Summer Stock. She wants to be a "pink pirate" and I try to sell her on 1970s era Steve Martin (with arrow!) Fundamentally, Pen just wants to be something "pretty" and "for a girl." Because parenting is all about compromise, I decide to let her pick (within reason) a costume from the Butterick Halloween pattern catalog.
Thankfully, she skips over all the trashy sort of costumes that just make me so sad. Her reason: "those are mommy costumes." Not that they're the costumes I would wear, mind you. Instead, "mommy" is the interchangeable word for an adult woman.
Looking through the catalog, Pen sees Snow White and is pretty interested. She continues looking and sees a bat costume that piques her curiousity. And then she's starts frantically pointing at a costume and says "That's the one I want!!! In a little version!!" She has her finger on a Regency-era gown from Butterick. Not only that, she says — and I'm not making this up — "it's like that movie…that movie…bedudice!" "Bedudice" is what she calls the 1995 A&E version of Pride and Prejudice with Colin Firth. I don't know how she did it, but she sat through about two hours of the movie on some rainy Sunday a few months back.
It was pretty great to see her so excited over a historical costume. While the dress meets most of her criteria, I also feel like I can create something special and different. And she's happy. She wants her boy BFF to be the boy (Mr. Darcy). As cute as that would be, he's going to be a pirate.
For her costume, we're skipping the "Mommy version" from Butterick and I'm working with Sense and Sensibility Pattern's Girls' Regency Dress Pattern. I was able to find some white gauzy cotton for the dress and golden yellow pseudo dupioni silk for a jacket. Both pieces of fabric ended up costing me about $1.