Olivia is usually the driving force behind our Halloween costume theme every year. Last year, she graciously allowed each of us to choose a costume for ourselves, even though they didn't all necessarily work together. (She did try to come up with a narrative, however, that would explain each character's presence. Something like, "Well, when Mary's little lamb was lost then She-Ra came to help her, and the lion was the one who kidnapped the lamb.") She's back in fine chief mode this year, and she has determined a bird theme for all of us to follow. According to her assignments, which do take into account the preferences of each family member, I will be a flamingo, she will be a swan, Naomi will be a peacock, Bella will be a canary, and Maddie will be an owl. John is to be a bird watcher, complete with notebook, vest, and binoculars.
Bella's costume is mostly done. It just needs a beak and some eyes on top of the hood, and I still need to make her a pair of fleece leggings to cover those skinny little bird legs, but I think I'm going to make everyone's leggings in one go.
McCall's pattern 4618, and I have used it in one way or another nearly every year for the past eight Halloweens. I love it because the hood is attached and the jumpsuit part is nice and loose. Plus, it's super easy to put together. For the birdies, I'm just making the legs much shorter, and then I'm tracing some of the girls' school leggings to make orangey-yellow fleece leggings to go underneath for warmth.