Emily decided on her outfit early in the summer this year.
"Hunter," she'd said.
"Like camouflage and rifle and blaze orange jumpsuit and deer carcass and miserably frozen toes and large thermos of coffee kind of hunter?" I'd asked, incredulous.
"No! Archery kind of hunter!"
Oh, that kind.
But still camouflage and neon jumpsuit and clammy dead animal and tepid coffee and no cellphone reception in the middle of nowhere and . . .
"No! Not a real hunter!"
Oh, the book kind.
Specifically, it was a toss-up between Katniss Everdeen and Zoe Nightshade ("but we'll just call her 'huntress'," Emily said.)
Who won depended entirely on whether we could procure a brown leather jacket before the 31st.
We found the jacket.
Katniss it was, then.
I love these straightforward decisions, don't you?
So practical and efficient.
As far as Mother's sewing commitment was concerned, Emily's outfit this year was a 3-piece non-garment combo:
and a Jedi-style hooded cloak.
So much fun to make.
The bag was just a faux-leather satchel with a magnetic snap closure and an adjustable shoulder strap.
This very simple edge-stitching was the only aesthetic detail, because Emily wanted it to look like something a hunter might carry, not someone heading to pick up her kid from daycare. To up the authenticity factor a notch, Emily put a stuffed toy rat (her kill, she explained) in it, along with her hoard of candy, when she went trick-or-treating.
The quiver (see more photos here) was also faux-leather, and worn on the back
or on the hip, using this snazzy belt adaptor (yes! I made the belt! Ages ago!).
There might need to be some adjustments made to that snazzy belt adaptor, though - the quiver hangs a bit too low, methinks. This is what comes of using Fleur as a drafting model instead of the real child (in school at the time of making).
Two other accessories: a wooden recurve bow that sort-of shoots, which we picked up at a party goods store, and gloves off which Emily cut the fingertips.
My favorite aspect of her look?
My second favorite part: because they're regular clothes, she'll be wearing the pants and jacket (and carrying around that bag) long after Halloween.