Friday, 4 March 2011

The Bad-Tempered Ladybird

To celebrate World Book Day, Tom and Lily's school encouraged the children to come to school today dressed as a character from a story. Tom wanted to be the Bad-Tempered Ladybird from Eric Carle's story of the same name. Thanks to the short notice, this necessitated some quick costume-making for Mummy!

I popped into a charity shop yesterday morning to buy something red to turn into a costume and found a velvet long-sleeved top for a 14 year old. Last night, I cut the sleeves off and sacrificed a good pair of tights to make sleeves and the 'spare' legs. I sewed the sleeves together and attached them to the back of the costume to make a cape to serve as the wing cases (what little boy doesn't like a cape!). I had just enough black felt in my stash to make a ten-spot ladybird. It took less than 90 minutes to make, every second of which was worth it to see how thrilled Tom was to wear it this morning. It was a very cute, though not very bad-tempered, ladybird that went off to school this morning.

 Tom trying very hard to look bad-tempered.
'Want to fight?'

The costume started life as a long-sleeved velvet top and a pair of tights.
Thank you, Mum, for teaching me to sew!

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