Cady met Mary Poppins this summer when we went to Disney. She had never been a fan of the movie, but she fell in love with the sassy, beautiful Mary Poppins right then and there.
On the drive home, in June no less, she said, “Mom, I know who I want to be for Halloween.” Without any hints, I knew immediately who she meant. “Mary Poppins?” “Yep.”
Of course, I then had to come up with an idea of how this costume was going to come together. “It can’t be that hard.” I thought to myself. “Surely there is a pattern or tutorial online or something.” Ha. Ha. Ha. No.
Oh there were photos online, but no tutorials. Everything I found was for the “nanny” Mary Poppins, not the “jolly holiday” Mary Poppins that Cady wanted to be.
And patterns? Forget about it. Nothing in any pattern book that I checked. It was time to get creative.
I found a pattern for a dress that was the same basic shape and had an overlay. That was important because I had never sewn anything with a lace overlay. I had an idea of how to do it, but I didn’t want to screw it up and disappoint us both. Thankfully, the pattern was easy to follow, and as I put the pieces together I realized that we were going to have something really special. But then came the corset.
Word of advice? Never, ever, never google OR search Amazon for “red corset” when you are shopping for your ten-year-old daughter. You will not be happy with what you find. I had the basic idea of what I would need to make it, but no idea of how to do it. One afternoon I sat at my kitchen table surrounded by fabric and cording and interfacing willing an idea to come into my mind.
“Don’t you wish your grandmother was here to help you?” David asked.
“Yeah. I do.” I sighed. But, “hey,” I thought. She is here with me. I feel her presence all the time. So I asked her. “Um, Mawmaw. I need some help with this. How do I make all of these parts work?” Within five minutes I knew exactly what needed to be done.
And work it did. Like magic.
Halloween is a magical time of year for kids (and grownups too). What magical characters will your kids be this Halloween? Don’t know yet? Check out Netflix for inspiration. TV and movie character costumes can be super easy to put together with things you have at home.