Thursday, December 08, 2016

Ms. Frizzle dress!

So with most of my school work and teaching wrapping up for the semester,  I'm slowly working through documenting my backlog of projects.  First up; my Halloween costume!  Admittedly, Halloween is not my favorite holiday, so I haven't been too excited about making costumes for myself or the kids.  Until this year :)
In case you're new to my blog, my [very part-time] day job is as a Biology instructor at a local community college.  I've been teaching for over 9 years and each Fall, I worriedly scan through my schedule to see if I have to teach on Halloween.  Somehow, I've managed to avoid it all years except this one.  However, I had this curly red wig and I just couldn't resist....it was time to break out Ms. Frizzle!  For those unfamiliar with this children's book character, Ms. Frizzle is an elementary school teacher who drives a shape-shifting school bus to take extraordinary field trips.  Most importantly (to me, anyway), her dress print changes for each topic.  As it happened, I was teaching the skeletal system (for real, guys) and I busted this beauty out the day before class.
The pattern is self-drafted from a personal block and the fabric was purchased at Hart's (out of stock).  The best part is that the bones are labeled, and appear to be accurate!  I actually used my dress to point out the name of the bones of the wrist for a student in lab :)
I carefully positioned the vertebral column in the correct location (and the arm bones too, but I didn't photo that).
Second best part of the fabric is that it glows in the dark! This is the best shot I could get, but you get the picture.
I had to wear this (along with my wig) for the entire class, then go directly to Fashion class where I had to give a presentation.  Eek!  I couldn't stand wearing that wig again for my "studio" photos, so here's a selfie of me from Halloween, taken in my lab with our class mascot:
I might have to make this a new tradition... :)


14 comments:

  1. I love this so much. I watched The Magic School Bus with my children and always wished any of us could have had Ms Frizzle for a teacher. Such fun!

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    1. It is a great series--my boys love it, too!

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  2. That's great fun! I bet you made their day!

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    1. I think it was a little hard to take me seriously that day, but the students had big grins on their faces, so that's a cool!

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  3. love it love it love it - looks a hoot with the wig! great dress and very jealous of you getting to make such a cool dress with it.

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    1. Thanks! It isn't often a person is able to utilize labeled bone fabric so effectively!

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    1. Thanks! It was so fun :)

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  5. this is the best, so cute!!!

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    1. Thanks, Beth! It was fun, even though many people I ran into thought I was trying to be Annie :)

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  6. OH I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS! You done good Nicole! :)

    Hadn't heard of Ms. Frizzle, but she sounds like a totally awesome teacher!

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    1. Thank you! I was realizing, with your lovely hair, you could go as Ms. Frizzle without a wig!

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  7. Just found your blog! That dress is the most fabulous. Who doesn't want to wear a glow in the dark dress and tap into their inner Miss Frizzle. My students would love this!

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  8. You look adorable!!!

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