Crash course in costume design
I have officially become that mother who frantically makes her child a school play costume with various material from around the house.
I vowed that I never would, but after falling on bad luck with finding a custom outfit for our son James’ musical...things changed.
James is to play the Oscar-worthy performance of “green bean.” However, he may have to settle with “Green Giant” because that is what the costume looked like when I was done with it last night.
His music teacher told me that he could really be any vegetable for the musical, but I tried my best to transform him into “green bean.”
Every costume store I visited had no trace of a green bean. There were a few carrots, even a banana. But no green beans.
With only two days left until the program, I decided to rely on my redneck engineering skills and make his costume at home.
I would like to tell you that I am a master at sewing and that I whipped up a wonderful green bean outfit on my nifty machine.
I would like to tell you that, but I can’t.
Let’s face it, when the Sewing for Dummies book confuses you, perhaps sewing isn’t your thing.
So I did what many other red-blooded American women have done in a time of crisis. I plugged in the glue gun and starting grabbing what I could find.
The dining room table was transformed into a chaos of crafts. With my husband Jason across from me to “supervise,” I went to work.
Armed with a pair of scissors and my trusty glue gun, I began to cut “leaves” out of some green felt material. I decided that I would glue them around the collar of a green shirt so that it would look “veggie.”
First part of the mission was accomplished with no problems. The leaves were ready to be glued onto the shirt.
I have a bad problem with pride. If I mess something up or do something ridiculous, I will never admit it. I will simply tighten my lips and move on.
So Jason had no idea that I had glued my finger and burned it onto the shirt for a brief second there. My pointer finger is still pretty sore from not only burning a hole into it but also from ripping it from the cotton to which it was glued.
Aside from that little incident, the second part of the mission was complete.
I am not sure if James is going to look like a vegetable or a leprechaun. Oh well, I can put the shirt away in case their are any St. Patrick Day programs.
The costume still needed that extra kick. So I decided to blow up three green balloons that I will pin down the center of the shirt to resemble pea pods.
So, I’m not sure if James is a pea or bean. But he could pass for the Green Giant if he was a little taller.
I have to admit that the costume may look “homemade” but it was kind of fun making it. And I am looking forward to my little man sing his heart out with his leaves around his neck and his peas poking from his chest.
I have a feeling that there are going to be plenty more last minute costume creations in future as well.
With a little imagination, tape, glue gun, cotton balls and Q-tips...anything is possible.
I just need to keep the first aid kit nearby.