Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Fish

'Tis a proud moment when a mother makes her son his first fish costume.
This year, for Presentation night, Hugo's class is doing a performance of What does the fox say?


And the fish says 'glub'.
I made the hat using this pattern. The seller was awesome! As I purchased from America I was a little worried about it getting here in time.
It took only a little over a week, the chap posted it straight away for me. What a gent, check out his patterns.
The pattern is meant to be made up in polar fleece but I used silver vinyl.
It was tricky but not as hard as I thought it would be.
I used a piece of linen as a rajah cloth when I was pressing the seams open.
For the mouth and eyes I used satin.
All the extras have foam inside of them.
I used a cotton jersey to line it. 
The pattern had great instructions for a beautiful clean finish.
For the suit I used this pattern.
The sewing should have been straight forward but my fabric choice made it a nightmare.
Avoid lamè jersey if at all possible!
Both my machines struggled, in the end my overlocker gave up completely.
I resorted to pinning, hand basting, machine basting and then sewing each seam three times with my over locker. 
It was a nightmare.
The rest of his class purchased 'onesies' from eBay but we could not find a fish variation.
I wonder why....
But the boy is happy.
Jed didn't mind it either.....
snigger

I thought my costume sewing was done but we had a few last minute tears and requests from the Twins.
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Zara asked me to make her a tank top with a 90's style graphic print and Elsa was after a Madonna/Desperately Seeking Susan 80's style crop top.

Thank goodness for a sewing stash.

The show is on tomorrow night, so hopefully that is it.

xx N

22 comments:

  1. The fish costume is a work of art! And Jed is a work of art too as he's such a good sport. Graphics on the the tee's looks great too. Your children are going to be the best dressed at the show. Supermum strikes again!!!
    (is that pattern envelop laminated? tee-hee)

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  2. Thank you Deb, I didn't mind making it but the fabric was a nightmare. Never again.
    I tried every needle I could think of, I even rang a dealer but I could not get a nice finish. I hope no one looks inside it.

    Jed is an awesome sport, I am very lucky.

    (As for the pattern being laminated... maybe)
    xx N

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  3. What a god sport Hugo and Jed are! What a mum you are, he will awesome at his production. : )

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    1. Thank you Sharon, it went really well. Some of his class mates are over 6 foot tall and to see them dancing around in onesies was just hysterical.
      A very good laugh.
      xx N

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  4. you guys are awesome! I love the your teenaged son (and your husband!) is willing to dress as a fish in public. You did a great job on the costumes. Hope all goes well!

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    1. Thank you Mel.
      Hugo certainly has plenty of confidence and Jed is a sweetheart. He gave his blessing for me to use his photo.
      (I did check)
      xx N

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  5. This.is.epic. Ha! So awesome, Nicole, great job. I cringe just thinking about sewing with that fabric... The hat just makes it all.

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    1. Thank you Britters.
      NOT is a hurry to repeat this one.
      xx N

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  6. I am cracking up! I love it! Best. Thing. Ever.

    Seriously, sewing with that fabric? That is love, right there. Kids, Jed, you have a very loving and dedicated mum!

    (And one day, Nicole, can you do post about your obviously excellent pattern organization system? Laminated pattern covers? Seriously? My patterns are in a horrible heap, stuffed into a cupboard, and I can never find anything. Half of them are missing pieces and who knows what. I need you to come help me.)

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    1. Inder, I must admit I told HIM I was awesome, which is a bit obnoxious. I blame the fumes from pressing lamé.
      Thank you!

      I can absolutely blog my pattern storage but it in nothing special.
      xx N

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  7. You have 2 handsome fish, I mean men;) that are good sports! Excellent job costume sewing, Nicole. What do you do with all the costumes that you make for presentation night when it's over?

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  8. Thank you Cindy.
    With a shark and a fish the dress up box is getting pretty full!
    xx N

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  9. OMG! Hilarious! Love that you made this, love that Hugo wore it and totally love that Jed modelled it too!
    You are all the best!

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  10. Thank you Justine.
    We were all feeling the fish love by the end.
    xx N

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  11. I was laughing pretty hard but almost fell off my chair at Jed's photo. I've never seen a fish with nipples before!
    Both of the guys seem absolute gems and they're very lucky to have someone who'll go to such sewing lengths. Duly noted, I solemnly swear i'll never sew whatever that fabric is, ever.

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    1. Ha ha ha ha, the nipples I can deal with, its what my son was displaying that was causing me grief!

      Let me know if you ever need a man size fish suit Shelley
      xx N

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  12. Oh wow! A fish in lame jersey. I will avoid that fabric, but the costume is amazing.

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  13. Thank you Joy. It has been loaned out several times. Who would have known there was a market for a fish suit?
    xx N

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