by Haylee Scott from the Threadville Mystery Series by Janet Bolin
Fall! It’s here, and I love it. I’m Haylee Scott. I own a fabric store called The Stash in the village of Threadville, Pennsylvania, and I sew all year round. But when nights are crisp and days are sunny, I love sitting beside a window and make things from fabric.
Besides, we’ve got all these holidays coming up, starting with the biggie for creative folks—Halloween.
I’ve stocked patterns, fun furs, and everything you need to make costumes for yourselves and your kids. And you can buy yarns at Tell a Yarn, all sorts of beads and sequins at Buttons and Bows, more Halloween-themed fabrics at Batty about Quilts, and if you want touches of machine embroidery, be sure to visit my friend Willow’s store, In Stitches.
Here are a few pointers for children’s costumes, whether you’re making them from scratch, buying them, or putting them together from things you have around the house.
1. Safety is most important. In the excitement of running from house to house gathering candies, kids need to see traffic. Masks might be fun at parties, but consider transforming their faces with makeup for the actual trick-or-treating excursion.
2. Help them be seen. Use light colored or glow-in-the-dark fabrics. You can also buy glow-in-the-dark thread. Incorporate clear or sheer pockets in costumes and insert light sticks in the pockets. Your little goblins and gremlins will love their spooky glow.
3. And then there’s comfort. Depending on where you live, Halloween can be cold. You don’t want to cover the fabulous costumes you create with coats, so make the costumes roomy enough for your little trick-or-treaters to wear warm sweaters and/or jackets underneath them. Stock up on clear plastic ponchos in case it rains. It better not!
And here’s a tip for those kind people who stay at home and answer the door—praise every costume. The pleasure you’ll give the kids may last longer than the candies.
Besides (evil cackle here), if I’m lucky, next September, they’ll start lobbying to visit a fabric store and help make their own costumes. You don’t sew? We give lessons. Anyway, if you haven’t already started this year’s costumes and Halloween decorations, what’s keeping you? You’ll need lots of time to create crafts and gifts for those other holidays that are also coming up...
What fun costumes have you made or worn?
You can learn more about Haylee and how she helped Willow catch a murderer in DIRE THREADS, available in stores everywhere.
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