Thursday, 1 March 2012

Supermum strikes again.....not!

It's World Book Day today - where school children get to dress up as a character from their favourite book.  You may remember in my last post, I was procrastinating about making my son a pair of Tintin pantaloons.  Well I'm pleased to report that in order to deck him out as his hero, ALL stops were pulled out.  Us paragons of motherhood need to lead by example, so here's a rundown of the rocky path I had to venture down to get there.....

1. Open wardrobe and find white shirt, blue jumper and white football socks.
2. Purchase a pair of brown shorts. 
3. Toil away for several minutes, even as many as five, to sew elastic around the bottom of each leg.  

Can somebody pass me my award now please?

Here's the cub reporter in all his finery:






Tintin strikes back.....

In case you think we live in a violent, gun-loving household,
can I just point out that Tintin is quite often shown carrying a revolver!



Right, just off to polish my halo now.   x

39 comments:

  1. Hahah brilliant! Loving the hairdo too :)

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  2. That's brilliant, Jane!! x

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  3. Polish away! I think you earned it!

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  4. Yay! Love it. What a great costume :)

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  5. Amazing, he looks brilliant (especially the hair). I loved world book day when I was a kid, what a treat.

    Alice.

    P.S I'd love it if you would check out my blog some time thepinandthimble.blogspot.com, :)

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  6. He looks fantastic! My 16 year old has gone in as a princess, it's very brave of her as she is very shy, goes to a large comprehensive and only the AS level English students are dressing up. I just posted pictures on my blog, it would be lovely if you took a peek.

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  7. Great costume! Our Primary school doesn't do World Book Day, which is a bit of a shame.

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    1. That is a shame, it's such a lovely atmosphere when they're all dressed up and over excited! x

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  8. Awesome, you clearly put your sewing skills to the test with this project! Second picture is my favourite :o)

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    1. It's mine too, he looks completely mad!

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  9. He looks amazing! I love the second picture too!

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  10. Hehe, he makes a great Tintin! Love the hair!

    I loved Book Day - I dressed up as Pippi Longstocking when I was in 2nd grade. I remember spending what felt like WEEKS (but in reality, was probably a couple of days) painstakingly hand sewing patches all over my blue dress. My mom had to put a coat hanger on my head to get my braids to stand up! :)

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    1. That's so funny, I was thinking about which character I'd have chosen if they had Book Day when I was little and I thought of Pippi Longstocking! I had plaits when I was little and my Grandad used to call me Pippi. x

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  11. I am almost in tears reading this because I am laughing so hard. Your son is super cute and very dramatic. And yes, you get the mom of the year award even if it only took 5 minutes, well done!

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    1. Oh thanks Gina, he LOVED his costume and definitely took to the part like a natural! x

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  12. Cool! your son looks great as Tintin, his hair looks super cool too! Of course you deserve an award!

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  13. So cute! And presumably you can remove the elastics and have a pair of fully functional shorts - unless your son fancies keeping them as Tintin trousers, as he does rather suit the look!

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    1. Yes, he does doesn't he?! The general idea was always to keep the shorts afterwards, nothing goes to waste in this house! x

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  14. LOVE this! Brilliant!!!

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  15. Marvellous! Did he enjoy the movie? It was made very close to where I live and Weta Workshop has a public museum and shop called the Weta Cave where they are selling all manner of Tintin memorabilia so if he wants anything in particular let me know. :)

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    1. Oh wow, thanks Mrs C! Yes, he did see the movie and loved it. That's so kind, I'll ask him if he has a burning desire for anything and let you know. x

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  16. Ha! We have been through the same thing. My kids are dressing up tomorrow. After failing to persuade my son to dress as the character who wears jeans and a t - shirt, I found a piece of fleece the right width, cut neck and armholes and sewed shoulder seams he teamed it with a green tunic and green joggers and his sisters snow boots et voila Hiccup from How to Tame your Dragon. We get very resourceful don't we?!

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    1. That's fab, I'll be stealing that idea for next year! x

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  17. Oh you totally get Mum of the Year Award for that costume. I hope he gave you a big hug for that, he looks just like Tintin.

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  18. I think he looks just like Tintin too! Yes, I did get a little hug when nobody was looking, he's far too cool to be seen hugging me in public! x

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  19. We did ours today at school. Our headteacher came as "The Selfish Crocodile"....very funny. Loving your son's outfit, and you can sit back now with a very smug expression. Well done.

    Ann

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  20. Lol, that is brilliant, I'm talking about the pantaloons, but also the acting! well done both of you :)

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  21. Mr Sheen at the ready! Jane he looks fantastic. I think he should sport the Tintin look full-time! x

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  22. Very cool. At schools here in Sydney kids dress up for book week as their fav literary character. Your son's costume would be a definite winner.

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  23. That is absolutely brilliant! Your son deserves an award for his dramatics as well - really made me smile :-)

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  24. He looks ace - what a great outfit - loving the hair!

    My eldest has his Book day dress up next tuesday. He wants to be the BFG. So far no sewing but plenty of repurposing - white shirt altered for pirate day last year, brown waistcoat from american indian performance (with fringing removed, naturally!) from last year - sorted, maybe if i dig out an old pair of schooltrousers that are too short I'll be pretty much there. Ah, the ears, maybe there will be some creating involved afterall...

    Polish your award super shiny - definitely no threat here!!!

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  25. I did where's Wally. Jeans, red striped top, hat (which I knitted last year!) and glasses made out of cardboard. It would be awesome if one year, the school made that the theme. Imagine several hundred wallies and wendas. It really would be a case of finding your child!

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    1. My son's head teacher went as Where's Wally! He looked fabulous! x

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  26. oh!!!!! I love it! He looks great! :)

    Now I want one...

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  27. Reminds me of my brother's Tintin Halloween costume from a few years ago, I think when he was in high school? Though I think he elasticked his own pants.

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  28. An excellent Tintin he looks like too. Many moons ago whilst still four my eldest couldn't be persuaded to be anyone other than Alfie and spent the whole day in shorts and wellies. Still over the years since I have made all sorts of costumes including some kind of golden lion once I seem to remember, can't recall what the book was though.

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  29. LOL - the outfit is great.....we (all the Mums at the boys school) waited patiently to be told we had to provide costumes for Book Day as it was listed in the events calendar but school never did ask....phew :) not that I mind but they have a tendency to give us 2 days warning to provide outfits and it can be a bit stressful. Bethx

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  30. What a great thing for your boy that his mom is so creative! Hats off for the very authentic looking TinTin outfit - he looks fantastic and like you made his day.

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