My daughter may be somewhat ambivalent:
|This is what ambivalence looks like|
But I think the Twilight Sparkle costume I made her for Halloween turned out awesome. At least it's exactly what I was hoping for:
It's cozy and warm for trick-or-treating, plus the cutie mark stands out nicely:
I used Butterick 3238 (which is a great pattern to use for so many kids' costumes). I added a mane and tail made from yarn, a three-dimensional nose and ears stuffed with poly fill, and giant Anime-style MLP-FIM eyes crafted from felt and some scraps of fake leather. The horn is made from some lightweight cardboard and bias binding. Have I already mentioned my Pavlovian response to the scent of hotglue? I'm sure my heartrate spikes a little and my pupils dilate a little in response to the scent.
I only had to bribe this kid with four M&Ms to convince her to actually wear this costume for five minutes so I could photograph it.
|Mint M&Ms, to be exact|
Twilight Sparkle is her favorite character. I'm cool with that. She's academic to a fault (the entire series hinges on the plot point of her being sent to Ponyville so she can learn about friendship from real life, rather than books). She even lives in a library:
Have I mentioned how I love My Little Pony for the non-traditional female characters? It took forever to convince Lucy that Rainbow Dash is in fact a female. I don't know where she got her ideas about gender (especially considering my husband tells her all the time she can marry whoever she wants when she's older. Unfortunately, she only wants to marry me, and gets so mad when I tell her that's illegal). She assumed Rainbow Dash was male because she's aggressively competitive, yet super lazy. And she has kind of a husky voice. (The rainbow mane and tail might be a wink of sorts.) Twilight Sparkle, meanwhile, is pretty girly. Bookish, but girly. Plus she has a pet dragon who acts like her secretary.
Okay, there's a smile — finally:
Any My Little Pony fans out there? Who's your fave pony?