Fiber Craft · How-To

The Eleventh Hour is My Domain

Hello, my name is Jacquelyn and I am an Olympic level procrastinator. And of all the holidays, Halloween is the jewel in my procrastination crown – which is how I got myself into the position of making my 4 year old daughter’s Halloween costume in less than 48 hours.

About three weeks ago, after determining she wanted to be a “sparkly, rainbow unicorn,” her Auntie found a great tutorial on how to make a rainbow unicorn costume out of a white hooded sweater and fleece. It was perfect! I bought the fabric, various notions, and the hoodie + pants combo the very next week. I was on a roll! I was going to get this done EARLY!

Look Ma, I even got the guest bedroom back into sewing mode!

Fast forward to 8pm, Friday, October 25. Now, it’s still a week until Halloween, so I think I’m doing fine. AND THEN I REMEMBER. Grandma is taking my daughter to a Halloween party on SUNDAY. AT 10AM.


I unearth the fabric and supplies from whatever rug I’ve shoved them under. I find everything except for the green fleece, which I swear I bought, but my memory is about as trustworthy as a cat in a canary cage. I methodically cut strips of fleece with my rotary cutter and arrange them in some semblance of an order as instructed by the tutorial. After an hour of work, a glass of wine, and a once-tidy carpet covered in fleece bits, I have assembled this:

Um. No.

I text this photo to the aforementioned Auntie and another best friend. True friendship is replying at 9:30 on a Friday night that the project needs some …help. After a quick text discussion, The Crafty Council suggests that I pool the colors and do a ROYGBV order. Because I am frazzled, it takes me a second to figure out how (they spelled it out for me, bless them) and once more I lament the missing green. But! The result is an improvement by a long score.

So. Much. BETTER.

So what you can’t see in the prior picture is the fact that there is GREEN FLEECE hiding behind the table. It’s okay, I didn’t see it either until I heard kittens playing with something and went to investigate. Blessing and a curse, those kittens.

Oh thank the heavens. And kittens.

Green was added to its rightful place between blue and yellow. World order was once more restored and I could continue without qualms on my ability to make a decent rainbow.

Now, it is COMPLETE! Muahaha!

Mane down, tail to go. Since the tail is going to hang freely, I make a little mock-up and send it to The Crafty Council for their verdict, because I recognize my judgment is questionable at the moment. The verdict: make it longer; two of each color, please. They instruct, I obey (it helps that they are right pretty much every time).

Too short. NEEDS MOAR MINERA- oh wait.

Phew! Mane pieces laid out in order and pinned. Tail pieces laid out in order and pinned. Fabric to make the horn located. Wine glass almost finished. We are ready to SEW …tomorrow. It’s 11:30 by this point and I’m exhausted and need sleep.

Wine optional but recommended.

Go to the next post for the next installment!

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