The day my son has been waiting for for weeks has arrived, it’s World Book Day and I’ve sent him off to school dressed as Puss in Boots. I know the whole dressing up thing has divided opinion among parents, but for my son dressing up is such a big part of his life that a day where the entire school turns up in fancy dress is a massive deal. He’s always loved dressing up, and it makes him so happy I really enjoy helping him get into it too. He was even desperate to go to bed early last night so today would come around quicker, that’s how bad it was. So if you read my last post you’ll know he had his heart set on going as Puss In Boots. Well actually it turned out easier than I thought to cobble a costume together, with a little bit of help from online shopping and a lot of help from my mum, who posted us a cape, belt, welly socks, fur fabric and a tail to help make his dream a reality. If you think this sounds melodramatic, you’ve never met my son!
I already had a pair of brown trousers, but finding a plain brown long sleeved t-shirt anywhere was a nigh on impossible task. I ended up buying two from eBay, the same but in different sizes, and a darker brown short-sleeved one to wear over the top. That was purely because the ones I originally bought had really wide necks and were pretty clingy and girly looking, but they ended up as a base for the t-shirt so all was not lost.
Once I’d got the right top sorted it was time to add on a bit of fur fabric to make it more feline. I discovered there is such a thing as fabric glue, so this saved me time on the sewing and it does still feel really secure. I sewed the fur tail onto the back of the top though, to save it dropping off throughout the day.
I did buy a large black floppy hat from Primark, but as it’s an adult hat it proved too big so we’ve resorted to the three-cornered one he had in his dressing up stash. I just glued a large yellow feather (eBay) onto the side and he’s ready to go. As for the boots, a quest for thigh-high ones didn’t work out, but I bought him a pair of black wellies (Matalan) and pulled the welly socks up underneath.
As I’m working today he posed for some early photos outside – though the sound of an excitable Puss in Boots charging down the street at 7.30 is probably not what my neighbours wanted to hear! You may knock World Book Day, but if it gets my boy up and dressed for 6.30 without a fight, what’s not to love?!