my friend kelley and i are taking our kids to see the fresh beat band in concert next month. i'm not sure if she's told li'l d yet, but i haven't shared it with the bean yet. and whenever we watch nick jr. (which is every. stinking. day), the commercial advertising the tickets inevitably comes on - and then i have to duck her excited queries: "mooooom, look! is the fresh beat band gonna come here? where we live? can we go see them on the stage?"
i don't really know why i'm keeping it from her. it's gonna be great for bribing her to do [insert random act she doesn't want to do] between now and february. yes, i'm a fabulous mom who totally holds shit over her kids' heads to get them to do stuff. hand me my tiara and trophy now.
and so even though i haven't actually confirmed that we've got tickets in hand for the concert, she hasn't really questioned me as to why i've been working on a costume for her to wear. there are two girls in the band, and because "kiki" has long, dark hair like the bean's, well - that's who she's going to dress up as for the show. see?
i finally sat down this weekend and whipped out the first part of the ensemble - kiki's hot pink zip-up hoodie. it's actually quite simple, but of course i managed to turn it into something complicated as hell. heh. i'd picked up a plain sweatshirt at target, along with some colored felt to make the patches for the front and back. and then using a free printable i found via pinterest, i made a stencil for the guitar, traced it onto the white felt, and cut it out in two sizes.
yeah, it was kind of a pain in the ass to cut around those tiny curves on the small one. and then when i looked at the "real" kiki, it isn't even the right kind of guitar. bah. whatever.
oh, and i'm terrible at cutting circles. but at least i had a spool of thread in my collection that matched perfectly. bonus!
next i had to shorten the sleeves and replace the stretchy cuff. i totally held my breath as i sliced into the first sleeve with my scissors, because it's just so weird to chop up perfectly good clothing. and then i had a slight panic attack when i realized that the cuff was smaller than the upper part of the sleeve that i had to sew it to. crap.
but i managed to figure it out and got both sleeves done to my satisfaction. and the bean was pretty stoked when she tried it on for me.
all i have to do now is make the skirt with a little petticoat underneath. she can wear it with a pair of leggings she already has, a plain tee under the jacket, and we'll find her a pink headband to wear.
oh, and the rock star jacket. ha! wait till i tell you the story of THAT thing. geez.