Tween tarts for Halloween

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</a>My kids usually get pretty creative for Halloween. My 16-year-old boy is going as Tony Soprano. My 9-year-old boy is going as the ipod guy–all in black from head to toe, with an exaggerated ipod cord (piece of white rope with two cotton balls on the ends) hanging from his ears.</p>

<p>Then there’s my 12-year-old girl. She’s at the age when life is all about fitting in, and Halloween is about having a costume that’s different enough to be special, but meets the criteria that the unseen tween gods have set for this year.</p>

<p>And for 2007, that would be the tween tart.</p>

<p>I had a little warning; a friend told me she and her daughter ransacked the Halloween store racks for something that wasn’t too provocative, and came up with a sexy mummy, skirt’s short but not as short as some. WTF? Sexy mummy? But I reserved judgment until I got to the Halloween store myself…</p>

<p>…and discovered that all the costumes in the girl’s 10-14 size range were in a special section called <a href=””>Wicked Innocence</a>.&nbsp; And while the details differed, they all involved tight bodices, cinched in waists, and </p><form></form><p>short stickout skirts; think French Maid or porno schoolgirl. My
daughter could be a witch tween tart, an Alice in Wonderland tween
tart, a Dorothy tween tart, or a firegirl tween tart. She could be a
superhero tween tart, a nurse tween tart, or a punk tween tart.


<p>This was fine by her; she’d already got the memo, she knew her
Halloween costume was going to involve the shortest skirt she could
wear without breaking dress code.</p>

<p>She was leaning towards the witch tween tart costume, but it was way
too short and she definitely would have gotten dress coded; plus the
cheap polyester fabric gave her the chills. </p>

<p>“Mom,” she said, “let’s make my costume.”</p>

<p>I was all for that. So we went to Joanne’s Fabrics and poured over
the pattern books. Simplicity, Butterick, Vogue—they were all right on
top of the 2007 trend, they had all the teen tart costumes. </p>

<p>She settled on a pirate tween tart. <a href=””><img border=”0″ src=”; title=”3687t” alt=”3687t” style=”margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px; float: left; width: 129px; height: 196px;” /></a>
I hesitated. This pattern was super complex—a multilayered dress with
yards and yards of trim, a bodice and peplum with lining and
interfacing and grommets; I can sort of sew, but I’m no expert. “Come
on mom, it’ll be a mother daughter bonding experience.”</p>

<p>OK, she knows what buttons to push. We bought three kinds of fabric,
four kinds of trim, elastic, eyelets, and an eyelet punch (this project
was getting expensive, I kept telling myself it would be a learning
experience) and spent an entire weekend putting it all together. To her
credit, she worked like a demon; she cut out all the pattern pieces,
she did every stitch of the bodice and peplum herself (while I
struggled with the slippery dress fabric), she hand-sewed trim for
hours. Finally, she tried it on.</p>

<p>I immediately grabbed it back and added four inches to the bottom of
the skirt; she may be a tween tart on Wednesday, but she’s going to be a
dress code appropriate tween tart.</p>

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