'I need a sixties dress for the play'
'Because me, E, S and C are a sixties pop group. Is the sixties the same as the 1600s?'
'Yes, I'm actually 405 not 45.
Why have I got to provide the costume for the school play which is in 6 days time?'
'Well, we were going to dress up in some old clothes of E's but then C's mum went and bought a sixties dress off the internet and then S's mum bought one too and now I'll have to get a dress'
Sometimes I want to punch other mothers in the face.
The gingham and bias binding cost £6. I wasn't going to spend £7 on a pattern. I used an old school pinafore as a template and drew round it with a Sharpie and my fingers crossed. I've never made a garment without a pattern before.
'I need £4 for a the Explorer Dome next week. It's educational'
'I thought school was educational, why do they need to outsource?'
'There's an art exhibition of our paintings in the hall. They've been framed and you can go and see them on Thursday morning'
'Cool, I'll go, sounds nice'
'And we can buy them for £7'
'Oh....do we have to buy them?'
'We-ell... other mothers are, but you don't have to if you don't want my painting'
Latest money raising tactic of PTAs -guilt the parents into parting with £7 for a picture frame they won't like and a piece of work their child already owns.
'We could always buy another frame. G's has already fallen apart anyway'
Sometimes I want to punch PTA women in the face.
Strictly no finishing of hems or seams. It is going to be worn twice. Slapdash is the word.
It took about half an hour.
'I need some black leggings'
'Oh God, whhhyyyy?
'For our dance... '
'Why do I have to provide all this stuff?! I've just spent £90 on your uniform for next term. Do they think I'm made of money? I can't wait for the holidays, I've had enough of school and if Mrs M thinks she's getting a present she's got another thing coming, I'm going to drink it myself!'
'I'll buy the leggings mummy out of my pocket money'
Great, more guilt.
I wonder what it will be tomorrow.
Considering it was made with such resentment and speed it turned out rather well.
She's going to buy some big black or white clip on earrings, a black headband and borrow a bumpit to finish the look off. She has mentioned that long black boots would really pull the whole thing together but was told not to push it.