I recognize Halloween is a subject of relevance only to Americans (or so I believe); my apologies to all others and don't be too smug: you have your embarrassing holidays too!
Sewists of America, what's your take on Halloween? As the owner of at least one sewing machine, does it have special relevance?
Does it mean extra sewing duties? Expectations of brilliant bursts of creativity?
Contrary to what you may believe, this phlegm-hacking sewist (that would be me) is not a fan of Halloween and has never been an adult participant in any Halloween-related activities. When I was growing up back in the day, Halloween was strictly a holiday for kids: basically an excuse to beg the neighbors for candy. I lived in a twenty-story apartment building and we'd start at the top and work our way down -- a no-brainer.
I'm not sure when Halloween became an adult phenomenon, but relatively recently. Here in NYC, it seems every other vacant store front is now a pop-up Ricky's Halloween costume shop, selling the cheapest versions imaginable of the "naughty witch," "naughty nurse," "naughty French maid," right down to the "naughty Michelle Obama" ensemble. It's all so tired and predictable, don't you think?
There is a big Halloween parade here in New York every year. I have never participated and only on occasion have watched from the sidelines (it finishes just blocks from my apartment).
Americans and all others who have an opinion, do you think, now that I sew, I almost have an obligation to whip myself up a cute little Halloween number?
Do you see Cathy in a glamour-witch ensemble, perhaps?
Will you be participating in Halloween this year, either as a indentured sweat-shop worker or party attendee?
Do you think Halloween should be left to the children and the "naughty secretary" outfits be relegated to the dumpster, where no doubt they'll end up anyway? Are any of your kids pushing to go "naughty" this year? Girls too or just the boys?
If you are participating: what are you going as -- and where?
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!