Monday, 22 March 2010

Katie, why can't you wear a Hannah Montana T-shirt and leggings?

This is what daughter needs to look like by Friday:

Apparently this is Katie Morag.

A very annoying little scottish girl who doesn't wear anything you can find in Tesco or Matalan!

Perhaps if we lived in Tobermory I could find a green and yellow kilt and an arran sweater.

Unfortunately, we live in Manchester.

Home of leggings and t-shirts.

After many tears and trips to various shops this is what we have come up with:

  • A blue pleated school skirt (nearest we could find to a kilt)
  • An old yellow sundress cut into squares (to sew onto skirt to give impression of tartan)
  • A white t-shirt
  • Some blue embroidery thread (to do the zig zags around the neck)
  • Daughter's winter boots

I have to make a Katie Morag costume out of that by Friday, as well as doing my full-time job and a choir rehearsal.

So far this year we've done Winnie the Witch, a star and Big Chris.

I can't take any more "Please provide your child with a grasshopper/mermaid/pole dancer outfit by Tuesday"

Why did no one ever tell me about the costumes?!!


fiona said...

Sadly, I think you'll find that Tobermory is chock-a-block full of Hannah Montana t-shirts and leggings too. What you need is an Edinburgh Woollen Mill pronto...there's got to be one near you. Good luck!

Kelloggsville said...

personally I blame the teachers - they have absolutely no understanding of the pressures on a working mum on the verge.....oh hang on a minute you are a ....!!!!!!!!!

Good Luck - ps this late notice does continue and gets worse and worse. I sadly have hit the "your audience will have to employ their vivid imaginations" phase of caring!!

Working Mum said...

Fiona - you've shattered my illusions of Tobermory! Unfortunately I want a Katie Morag outfit at Matalan prices, not Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

Kelloggsville - as a teacher, I know that you have to plan your schemes weeks in advance, so why can't they give us more notice? I'm afraid my makeshift costume will have to do.

Maggie May said...

Oh dear...... another outfit and not an easy one to make. Like your idea though of the patches sewn on.
You certainly don't get long to get the outfits up together, do you?

Nuts in May

Mummy Cow said...

How can we have it all? Give up teaching and make kids outfits for stressed mums. Simple.
Or re-write the National Curriculum with specific clauses that indicate pupils should make costumes in school time...

mater familias said...

At least your daughter has the right colour hair, or close! My son is going as a big boy cousin in jeans and white T shirt. At least, *he* still thinks he's going as Katie Morag's teddy bear, but agreed to do the BBC if I couldn't find a teddy bear costume in my one day off tomorrow . . . Is it very wicked of me not to try too hard?

Catharine Withenay said...

I'm with you entirely! This last couple of weeks I have had to concoct a Snow Fairy and Horrid Henry (World Book Day), a scarecrow or crow (both chose to be crows), 'something to do with space' (I had a pink alien and a green alien...) and a pirate, an Indian, a Lost Boy and Michael for the Peter Pan Panto. Combine that with moving house and you'll begin to understand why my stress levels are so high!

Working Mum said...

Maggie - we got the letter on Monday to produce the costume by Friday! Luckily my daughter told me about it last week so we had the weekend to get a costume sorted.

Mummy Cow - Yes! I could set up a central place chock full of kids costumes and when parents get the command they could e-mail in and I'd send the costume by return of post! Alternatively, why can't primary school teachers stop asking for costumes?

Mater Familias - try e-bay, but jeans and t-shirt much easier.

Catharine - you could set up your own shop with all those costumes. My goodness you've been busy! I don't envy you making all of those.

Humdrum Mum said...

I'm still at the note from nursery that says "Please contribute 20p if you would like Elf to join in making custard on Thursday this week" stage, heaven help me with these costume thingies! I'm not saying I can't sew but I am not very creative. I did have trouble sewing on Elf's first badge though ... HM

claire said...

Thank goodness that doesn't seem to happen here - I think I've had to do one pirate costume in 4 years of school. Can't be bad.

Do the costumes actually enhance the learning though or are they all too busy comparing costumes?

MrsW said...

I lived in Greater Manchester (Leigh) for a couple of years (1976-1977). We moved down there from Scotland - my classmates were amazed to hear we had roads and lived in houses so I'm not completely surprised you can't find tartan!

Polly said...

I love your new blog look!! lots of luck with the dress ups.

Working Mum said...

Humdrum Mum - ah, I think wistfully of those days......

Claire - you are well out of it, I've already done a pirate, cinderella, an angel (twice), Big Chris, a ladybird, Winnie the Witch, a star and pyjama day and Izzy's only been at school two years!

Mrs W - I know Leigh well, you must have missed Scotland!

Polly - thank you, I'm quite liking the pale pink. Tomorrow is the fateful day for the Katie Morag costume!

claire said...

Think you'll have to enlighten me as to who Big Chris is???

Iota said...

Yes, no-one warns you about the costumes! They tell you about the sleepless nights and the baby vomit on the shoulder, but not the costumes.