I'm sure you won't be surprised to hear that Purim costumes area a major deal around my house! We talk about it for months before the holiday and I do my very best to make sure that my kids are not only happy with their costumes, but appreciate wearing something "mommy made." I keep a whole box of interesting thrift clothing finds from past years in the attic, and as Purim approaches we usually take out the box and see what we might be able to work with this year. Women's skirts can easily become high waisted dresses for girls, women's sleeveless shells make great tunics for boys and look great belted. One year I made a very nice cape from an apron. So take a good look around your house and I'll bet you too can come up with some great original costumes from just a little of this and that!
As for this photo, well, two years ago preparations for Purim were easier than usual as my daughter wore a store bought dress from a neighbor (gasp!) and this son decided he wanted to be a pirate, for which we already had a few accessories on hand. This women's embroidered blouse was the perfect pirate shirt, and gluing a little bird on his shoulder completed the outfit!
I can't say I'll be getting off so easy this year, now that my crafting abilities have moved up a notch and I have a working sewing machine. And even the older boys have decided they want crocheted hats just like the one I've already made for my 4 1/2 year old! And what mother can refuse a request like that? Okay gotta go pick up the crochet hook, I'm officially crocheting four purple beanies with crocheted grape leaves and one red beanie that will hopefully look like a cherry when I'm done! Wish me luck!