Alternate title: "Costume surprise! "or "Surprise, I need a costume!"
A while ago, Brielle mentioned to me that the Drama teacher and the Science teacher were teaming up for their class and were going to have the students be in a play. They chose the subject of the solar system for the play, and Brielle was chosen to be Mars.
"I need a Mars costume." she told me hesitantly, "Just don't make it very big, I don't want to attract too much attention."
I got excited "COOL! I don't need to make it big, I can just make you a red unitard, and I can airbrush the geographical features of Mars all over it, then I can make you a special headband with the moons attached so that they rotate and then........"
"MOM! NO! I don't want anything like that! The drama teacher said that it didn't need to be anything elaborate, just something that we put a little bit of thought into. She said that we could just wear our regular clothes with some sort of SMALL costume, just so they could tell what planet we are. We're only going to be performing the play to our class, it's really not that big of a deal."
I was disappointed because really, costumes are my thing.
Brielle didn't say any more about the costume and I actually forgot about it until the other night when she said "The play is tomorrow, and I don't know what I'm going to wear, do you have any ideas?"
Naturally, she had asked me this on a night when I was too busy with my own work to help her, so I told her that she would need to figure it out on her own.
The next morning, I asked her if she found something to wear. She assured me that she had, then left for school.
When she came home that afternoon, I asked her what she came up with for her costume and how the play went.
"Well, I wore my red shirt and taped a bunch of blue milk caps all over it. When I got up to introduce myself, I said "I am Mars. I have ice caps." then the drama teacher looked down, covered her face with her hands and started shaking her head. Mr. Andrews just started laughing. They both laughed through the rest of my presentation, I don't think either one of them listened to anything else I said."
A few weeks ago, CJ informed me that he needed to do a book report on a biography of someone. They were going to give oral reports, and needed to dress up as the person.
I asked him what kind of a costume he needed. He said that the book he read was about a rocket scientist.
"COOL!" I yelled "I can make you a really neat rocket costume! I can make it all white, and put a big pointy hat on your head, we can use a couple of empty oatmeal containers to make you some rocket boosters, then I can make some flames coming out of the back of them........."
CJ looked at me like I was crazy and said "No Mom, I won't wear that. We're supposed to dress like the person, not what they invented."
Seriously, these kids are really cramping my style.
"OK, then what kind of a costume do you want?"
CJ thought for a moment then said "What about a lab coat? That would make me look like a scientist."
I said "I can make you a lab coat. Can I at least make a great big sequined rocket on the back of it?"
"No Mom. I don't want a big sequined rocked on it."
"What about a small sequined rocket?"
I told him that he was a party pooper.
I completely forgot about the costume until last night when he reminded me that he had his report today.
"No problem" I thought "I can whip up a simple lab coat pretty quick, I wouldn't even need to put a pocket on it, plus I was pretty sure that a while ago when we were cleaning out the storage room, I saw a big piece of white fabric in my 20 year emergency fabric supply that would be perfect for a lab coat.
I tried one more time to talk CJ into the sequined rocket, but he was really against it, so I went to get the white fabric.
I looked where I thought I saw it.
I looked in the logical places that I was sure I would have put it.
I looked in the illogical places that it might have been stashed.
I couldn't find the fabric.
I knew it wouldn't take me long to make the stupid lab coat once I had the fabric, only I couldn't find it anywhere. I was even beginning to wonder if I had really seen the fabric or if it was a figment of my imagination.
As I was looking, I ran across the Nativity costumes I had made for our Ward Christmas party quite a few years ago.
I had an idea!
I got the largest angel costume and held it up. Maybe, if I cut it straight down the front and put a collar on it, it could sort of resemble a lab coat! Sure, it would be a little snug on CJ, but hey, it's a costume!
As I was walking out of the storage room, I decided to look through one more box for the fabric. I got to the bottom of the box and was excited to find a large piece of white fabric! I cheered and was about to do the happy dance until I pulled the fabric out of the box only to discover that it was bridal satin.
So I tucked it under my arm and took it upstairs to give CJ the choice between wearing a too small converted angel costume, or a lovely lab coat made of bridal satin.
He didn't really seem to like either choice. I even offered to put some lace and pearls on the satin coat, but that just made him grouchy.
I decided to go put the two fabrics away in the storage room and look for another fabric that might work. Maybe I could use a different color of fabric.
Then, almost as if it was a miracle, I found the white fabric I had been looking for in the first place, it wasn't even in the storage room!
I brought the fabric upstairs and went ahead and made the lab coat. (It wasn't attractive, but it was functional)
CJ was working on his report on the computer in my sewing room, and when I was nearly finished with the coat I had him try it on to check the sleeve length He said it was perfect, then added "Now I just need a prop."
"What about a small rocket?" I asked, "you could make it out of a paper towel roll and make a cone on the end of it."
I could tell by the look on CJ's face that he liked the idea, but something was wrong.
"Do you want me to make you a rocket?" I finally asked.
He looked relieved and said "Yeah, that would be great if you could."
So even though it was getting late, when I finished the lab coat, I taped together some paper to make a rocket. It took me like 3 minutes. It was not pretty, but it did somewhat resemble a rocket, and CJ said it would work for the prop.
Then he thanked me for helping him with his costume.
I informed him that he would now be my personal servant for the rest of the week.
What do you think I should have him do for me first?