Tuesday, November 4, 2014


What a whirlwind of an October it's been!

It's taken me a while but I've finally got the costume photos off the camera and onto this old blog. And so, may I present, in the order in which they (the children, not the outfits) were born, Halloween Costumes 2014!

First up is Emily's lab coat. 

This is the first year in which any of my children has asked for a non-skirted, unprincessy costume. 

I was slightly disoriented, sewing a regular-clothes kind of outfit. 

I mean, it was just a long, loose button-down shirt with pockets- no satin, no darts, no trims, no twirly nothings.

Given how ornate and fancy her sisters' costumes (coming soon) were by comparison, I felt a little sorry that all Emily was getting was a plain white oversized smock. 

And Emily herself said, a bit wistfully, "I wish my costume were a bit fancier. But I really want a lab coat."

So I schemed a bit on how to fancy it up a bit, and asked her if she'd like it reversible. You know, because you can make anything reversible if you wanted to. And that way, it would at least feel like she was getting two costumes in one. 

"Yeah!" Emily said.

"And how about if we put splotches on one side, so it'd look like your lab exploded and covered you in evil, poisonous, radioactive slime?


"And, to make it look really radioactive, we made some of that slime glow in the dark?"


Awesome! One evil radioactive slime-covered lab coat coming right up!

Emily chose a color (sky blue), and I made the alternate side of her lab coat, and appliqued fleece splotches all over the front and back. 

It looks like something out of a groovy psychedelic 70's movie!

I painted the white splotches over with glow-in-the-dark paint,

so they would... er... glow in the dark.

See? If that isn't Halloweeny, I don't know what is.

Emily also wanted a belt for toting around lab apparatus, like test tubes filled with the aforementioned evil, poisonous radioactive slime,

while wearing safety goggles, of course.

The belt was just webbing with a slide buckle, with lumpy loops sewn on

to hold test-tubes and such.

One coat, two sides. Two alter-egos: mild-mannered vs. crazy. 

Very Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde-ish.

And therefore perfect for Halloween.


  1. This is great! Wonderfull how you could make what your daughter asked and make it even better!

  2. I love it! Especially the glow-in-the-dark slime... great added touch!

  3. very cool, although i don't think we'd be allowed the testube holding belt in our lab -health and safety!

    1. Not to mention messy! The test-tubes I used back in school didn't have covers, for one. And I never had a lab coat, either :(

  4. Love the glow on the dark paint..

  5. Haha! I love it! Although as a scientist I hated those white lab coats...When I visited the lab where I did my phd work though a few years back I found they have cute patterned slightly fitted lab coats now! So much better! Of course I'm just home with the kids these days, but something to look forward to if I do go back :-)

  6. Oh, I like that there are parts that glow in the dark!


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