We haven’t had one of these since July! I missed them!
start date: 15 September 2016
time elapsed: 34 days
Several weeks ago, I mentioned that Númenor once again needed a new hoodie and coat for the winter. I don’t know how this happened, because he JUST got new ones last year, but during the Dance of the Hand-Me-Downs, I noticed that his wrists and forearms had made a break for it and replacements were urgently needed.
We talked about his hoodie, and he described this fantastical vision for a T-rex skeleton costume piece, complete with tail and functional teeth and glow-in-the-dark bones.
I said, hmm. And uh-huh. And yes, that would be super awesome.
And then I said, here’s what I can do: fuzzy appliqué bones, full ribcage, upper limbs, and skull.
And he said, “Oh, okay. That will be easier to sit down in the car and play on the playground. Plus then I can sneak up on people in the dark.”
Such wisdom, from one so young.
So now I’m studying the skeletal anatomy of the T-rex in astounding detail, and desperately trying to adapt what I learn to a hooded sweatshirt for a human-shaped child, because it turns out that if I had wanted to buy this garment in a store, I would have been totally SOL.
It’s been an interesting process.
And the end result will be imperfect and definitely homemade-looking, but pretty cool, I think. If nothing else, Númenor and I can look back on this project and laugh, and he will at least know that I love him, and I’m willing to try audacious things to make him happy.
Here’s hoping that’s what counts.
Organic black sweatshirt fleece from Organic Cotton Plus, white bamboo rayon/organic cotton velour from Etsy, the pattern and technique are my own and not recommended.