The project included writing a research-based report, a 3 minute speech, and a costume. Pi mentioned that the costume was due towards the end of the year, which meant mid June to me.
Pshaw!!! Shoulda checked the calendar doofus!!
Two Mondays ago, Pi casually mentioned she needed the costume by Friday morning. Wait...back up... THIS FRIDAY? Oh yeah, not even a weekend to buffer all the work I needed to do. This is where I lost a few minutes breathing into a brown paper bag, ha!
I called my dad, who has hazmat type suits at work, to see if he could spare one. He asked his boss, who was more than happy to give him one in a size small because none of the guys at work wears a size small. I got lucky becuase the guys don't go easy on lunch, haha.
I printed out pictures of Mae Jemison and generic astronaut costumes to give me an idea of where to start. Using black felt that was leftover from Halloween, I got started.
Using freezer paper and an 8.5" x 11" peice of fabric, I printed NASA patches right from my inkjet printer. The fabric wrinkled a bit, but I was in such a rush, I honestly didn't care. Good enough!
I backed the fabric with some HeatnBond (that I bought when I was pregnant with Piper) to make the patches sturdier. I sewed those bad boys on pretty quickly.
My neighbor was kind enough to give me a USA patch she had lying around.
She's also a retired stewardess and lent us her wings to use on a patch. With no time to embroider the name on nicely, I went with the fast and dirty way... white out pen!
The only thing we bought for this project was a plain white baseball cap from the craft store. I couldn't think of how to make a helmet in such a short amount of time, so we settled on the hat with a NASA patch sew on.
After a few nights of getting less than 5 hours of sleep, it was finally all done. Here's the final result.
Want to know the best part? Piper brought the costume back home on the Friday she said it was due, because she realized that she made a mistake. The costume wasn't due that Friday.... it was due the NEXT Friday! *headdesk*
Well, at least it got done early!