I made something! Actually, although the daily grind of life has inevitably taken over and impinged on my crafting time completely, I've still managed to churn out a few things hand-made, but only by the skin of my pants and certainly with no time for photos and blog posts. BUT. I'm going to try to start posting them as time allows.
No longer the happy-go-lucky sewer of child costumes I used to be, no birds singing in the background, but to my surprise, I was able to whip up this Little Red Riding hood costume the night before Halloween. The only thing I missed was the little white apron because, as I announced several times to the family, I refused to sew past 10 o'clock at night!
I used the same pattern I used many moons ago for the Hansel & Gretal costume (McCall's 6187) but made the pieces separately. The Gretal costume is actually a dress with a back zipper but I found it is harder to get a good fit around the bodice, the skirt didn't have much fullness, and it has no longevity as the child grows out of it. So, I made this skirt with two panels of fabric cut across at 45" piece of quilting cotton, I loosely used the vest pieces from the pattern to form a stand-alone vest, and we re-used the pirate shirt from a few years ago since that piece is not very prominent with the cape on. This way, the pieces can last longer as she grows if she wants to wear it again or use the pieces separately for another costume.
The "Fairytale Wolf" costume was one we already had from a previous Halloween, purchased from Potteyr Barn. And, the "Woodsman", we put together from authentic lederhosen which belonged to Dad when he was a child.