ariel batmanCAPTION: This Halloween, Mrs. Jordan’s children, Ani and Giacobbe, dressed as Ariel the Little Mermaid and Batman, respectively. Their mom sewed the costumes. (Courtesy Photo)

By Stephen Troy

IN ADDITION TO BEING A LATIN TEACHER AND WORKING MOTHER, MRS. JORDAN FINDS TIME TO CREATE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES FOR HER TWO CHILDREN. SHE TALKED RECENTLY ABOUT THIS INTEREST.

Is there anything you do outside of teaching that takes up your time? Like a hobby?

I just finished working on my kids’ handmade Halloween costumes.

What is the process to making those?

I do some research online and find what is most appropriate for what they want to be. And I head out to the craft store and look for whatever fabric color scheme looks best.

What were your kids for Halloween this year?

Ani was the Ariel the Little Mermaid, and Giacobbe was Batman.

Is there anything particularly challenging about making the costumes?

Yes, I don’t know how to sew [laughs], so I just sew everything by hand and it takes a long time and it doesn’t always come out perfectly. But it comes out good enough where they look like what they should.

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Latin teacher Mrs. Jordan distributes papers in her classroom. (Photo by Stephen Troy)

Why do you do it?

Well, I have a creative side, people say, in terms of making their costumes, or whenever someone is having a baby I make a diaper cake for their shower. So, yeah, I like doing artsy things.

Is there any costume you did in the past that was particularly challenging?

Yeah, when Giacobbe was 2, I made him a Minion–and it was handmade–out of foam. It encapsulated him, and he looked like a can-shaped Minion.

Do you get positive responses?

Yeah, where I think the sowing is a real hack job, other people look at the costume’s end product and say that I should sell them. I think they would–it’s just, If I were an actual professional sewer I could sell them.

Do you plan on improving on your sewing skills?

Yeah, well. my husband thought that he was being helpful and bought a sewing machine. He said it would look better and it’d cut down on time. But it turns out I couldn’t get through the manual. I think over the course of the next eleven months, going into the next Halloween, I’m going to try and master that.