The kids wardrobe – Super hero party – September 2015

The focus for kids clothing in September has very much been the other main event of the year! Joseph’s 4th birthday party!

The usual sewing for business took second place for some of September while, I stitched costumes, back drops and generally created a super hero themed birthday party fit for a 4 year old Batman.

Perhaps its because my own mother was never able to meet her grandchildren,  or perhaps because one of her biggest legacy’s to me was her abundant creativity and fantastic sewing skills, or just because these years that kids are kids are so few and so precious, I make as much effort as I can to create a fun filled party for both my little ones.

The truth is its probably a combination of all of these facts that inspire me to make so much effort for their parties. I certainly know that should my mum still be alive she would have been with me sewing and baking with as much energy as me.

The kids absolutely love their parties, they love all the little details and the whole lead up to the event, the anticipation is much more for the party than for gifts….so let the fun begin…

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The party themes get determined fairly early on. Which is good for me, it helps to factor bits and pieces in well in advance. This year Ella was invited by her school to dress up as a character from the red noses for red nose day, she immediately chose super hero, followed swiftly by Wonder woman! Costume one already complete, tick!

With the fabulous invention of Pinterest, ideas are endless, its just a case of deciding which ones to work on. Joseph had already decided he wanted to be Batman. He had been asking about his costume from earlier in the year when Ella had her Wonder woman one made. This really set the theme of ‘old school Marvel super heroes’.

Luckily for me Joseph is almost the same size as Ella despite being two years younger, so I used her wonder woman leotard pattern and added sleeves for the Batman top. I also adapted her legging pattern and added panels for his trousers. I made a shorter version for the black shorts which were a separate garment. I hand drew the Batman symbol and used remaining scraps from Wonder woman’s belt and head piece to make the Bat badge.  The utility belt was also made from this gold fabric, I made lots of mini box bottom bags and simple flaps and stitched them on to a black satin tube that I elasticated and finished with a large black plastic buckle.

The cape was made from a full circle of navy and a full circle of black satin for maximum swish power! I bought the mask and gloves for the finishing touches.

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I found this idea on Pinterest, there were lots of party scenes with blacked out boxes or paper back drops that the kids could pose in front of for photo opportunities. I decided to sew one! Super simple black felt rectangles stitched onto a royal blue background. A couple of small squares of neon orange, yellow and white felt cut up for the windows. I extended the length of the wall hanging with a piece of left over black polar fleece.

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The first activity was to decorate a super hero eye mask with stickers, gem stones and felt pens, the possibilities were endless.

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For those that wanted to pose in front of the superhero scene they could choose a cartoon bubble to pose with.

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The overall winner has to be spider girl, who had the most party energy as well as fantastic super hero posing!

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Then it was time for a spot of party food.

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The obligatory cupcake tower was filled with chocolate orange cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes with peppermint icing and mini carrot cakes with cream cheese frosting.

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The Dark knight kept guard over the food and spiderman had been and left a giant spider web!

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The bat cave in the garden was blacked out and filled with black balloons, all super hero guests were equipped with finger torches so they could investigate.

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No party is complete without pass the parcel, which was followed by strike a super hero pose musical statues. All to the tune of original super hero theme tunes of course.

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Spiderman had delivered some cans of spiderweb silly string, which was just the best fun.

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The cake was a combo of Spider and Batman, with super sparklers.

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Which was stripy inside!

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And finally the party bags.

Phew! it was a full on afternoon, but I loved every minute, but more importantly Joseph loved every minute. I think all his guests did as well.

A small budget, a bit of creativity and some effort for some memories that last for ever.

Now I can start pondering a Jurassic dinosaur party and a My Little pony one! But until next year its back to my usual sewing projects!

 

 

 

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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