This short tale is brought to you as part of ‘Storytelling Sunday’ hosted by Sian at ‘From High In The Sky’.
I have loved Fancy Dress since I was very small & over the years I’ve worn costumes ranging from sublime to ridiculous! I have been a vampire, Cleopatra, a tampon (embarrassingly explained away as a snowman to my best friends Mum!!), the back end of a cow, a St Trinians schoolgirl to name a few & have joined in with gusto at numerous Toga, Come-as-you-are & Pyjama parties!
But they all have one thing in common…the costumes were all home made! I will admit to having shop bought a couple of hats…but generally I consider putting a costume together as big a part of the fun as enjoying the event it’s worn for! Sadly, very few
It’s December 2001 & Nathan’s playgroup are holding a fancy dress Christmas party. Nathan is two & this will be his first time in costume (I was never one for novelty Christmas baby-grows!!) So what did he want to be? Why, a pirate of course!
We pulled together a stripy shirt, worn with blue jeans & red wellies. Tied a red chiffon scarf around his waist to hold his scabbard & sword, Added Dads red spotty neckerchief & a couple of my pearl ropes & chains. He even allowed a clip on gold hoop earring & a drawn on moustache! I pinned a small blue felt parrot to his shoulder, placed an elasticated felt eye patch over one eye & topped him off with a pirates tri-corn hat!
Amazingly enough, everything but the scabbard & the eye patch stayed in place until the party was over! They seriously impinged on the taking part in tricycle racing around the hall, so that was OK!!
In this photo Nathan is clutching an envelope, which contained his prize for winning the Fancy Dress First Prize….but he carried it around with him unopened, until we got home, happy just to have his 15mins (or so) of fame!!
Thanks Sian for this opportunity to relive a very happy memory, which actually seems like just yesterday, in spite of Nathan now being a teenager!!
Thanks for stopping by…I’m off to check out some other Storytelling Sunday tales over at ‘From High In The Sky’…why don’t you follow along!