Labour of Love

October 31, 2011 – Despite my fine arts background and being pegged as a “creative person”, I have always been pretty lousy at making Hallowe’en costumes. They take longer to put together than I ever think. The image in my head looks waaayyy better than the actual finished product. I don’t know why, but I’ve just never really been very good at it. For my kids, I’ve always been lucky enough to have something beautifully sewn by one of my sisters or to be loaned the must-have unicorn costume (which happened twice, by the way, once with each kid). This year I have known for months, yes, months, that S wanted to be Ahsoka Tano and that no other costume would do. None of my sisters were up to the challenge; I was on my own.

Wisely, I started early. With a hat form, a large white t-shirt and an old pillow I stitched and stuffed. I shaped and I painted. And I think I did okay. The padowan was pleased as punch. And that’s all that matters.

© Kiki Yee, 2011


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