Oh, Halloween. You're taunting me, with your Saturday-occurring, multi-party spawning 2009. Plus my students have asked me to dress up as part of Harvest Week (or some such thing). What's a grown woman to do? (For those of you reminding me outloud that I have a 4 year old I should be more worried about, she's already taken care of. That is, she's decided what she wants to be. I haven't started making it yet, of course, but I do have a plan already, which, trust me, is impressive).
The first thing I did was poll my students. I told them I have fair to midldlin' sewing skills, and I want something I can make rather than purchase. "What should I be for Halloween?"
"A color crayon."
"An M&M" Many of my students are single moms, and simplicity is a priority. I imagine their kids have lots of solid-color sweatsuits upon which black construction paper is taped.
"A drunk hobo" (which made me snort, actually)
A young woman, recently here from Somalia, said "A pregnant nun." I didn't even ask.
Finally, one of them spoke up and said "Can we think about this and get back to you?" I realized I was keeping them longer than they'd hoped just before a long weekend. Oops. So if they come up with anything fascinating, I'll be sure to report back.
But I thought I'd ask your advice. What should I be? I've sewn prom-dress level projects (with piping! though I never want to do piping again...) so I can handle whatever you propose, pretty much. It can't be too risque, though: I taught as a saloon girl one year, and was more than disconcerted by catcalls from students. Too creepy to even be flattering. So, you know. Be reasonable. Oh, and I need to be able to work in it. So a hibernating bear, while tempting, won't work out.
Thanks, internets! I just know you'll come up with something brilliant.