I'm afraid that I'm a sucker for a homemade outfit, they look so much cuter, and let's face it teachers must look favourably on the obvious effort involved! It's OK though, I have a tried and tested system now for school dress up days - make one thing, this gives the impression of being homemade without too much stress, and it never fails to impress - bingo! So after deciding on what/who to be, we hunt around the house to put together the basics. Then to add that little bit of pizzazz, crafty mummy steps in.
This time Freddie wanted to be Mr Gum, I was surprised, he normally goes for low key, but he insisted. Oversized jacket (my little vintage Italian number - yes I was worried about it all day!), green top, too-short trousers, all easy to find. The crafty problem was all about the head gear. But a quick trip to my local haberdashery/craft store proved to be the answer to my prayers - orange bobbly wool, card and black paint ... the result, not perfect, but not bad under time pressure ... and I love the way he got into character!