All Saints Day Costumes 2018

All Saints 2019 is around the corner - so clearly a post that is 11 months late is perfect timing? We’ll go with that, friends! I have shared through Instagram that while I love many types of making and crafting, sewing is NOT a love of mine. It’s…well. I sew about once a year, about a week before All Saints Day, and even then, minimally. As in, if I can hot glue it instead, I will for sure do that. So this post is our costumes from last year, as simple as I could muster!

First, a share on how we currently celebrate Halloween and All Saints Day, simply because many people ask! We have no objections to celebrating Halloween with costumes and trick or treating (excluding secular music events/festivals, morally questionable or objectionable costumes, etc). We happily celebrated both for years, with a purchased or homemade costume for Halloween, then a saint costume for November 1st. Our last year of doing both was only two years ago! Our current parish has a outstanding event, however, on All Saint’s Eve - on Halloween night. The younger children dress up, while the older teens put on the event, dressed up and handing out candy from the decorated classrooms around the parish office building. The families bring candy to be passed out, but each piece of candy has a name of a deceased loved one on it; as the children collect candy, they collect names of the dead to pray for (referential to the old “a’souling,” which is where we get trick or treating from!). When the children are at home eating their loot, they are to pray at least a Hail Mary for that person by name before they eat the piece of candy! We know our children well enough to know that rather than trick or treat door to door, they want to be with their friends; they are excited for this event about six months in advance. For simplicity’s sake, opting for this one big event rather than a number of events just brings the busy season that begins in October more peace. We also are invited to visit the Discalced Carmelite sisters that our parish has a history with; one morning near All Saints Day, the sisters “guess the saint” from behind the grille! We got to do that for the first time last year, and it was so much fun! I am also not a fan of spending twice as much on costumes, and if my homeschool budget for that month is going to go toward secular Halloween costumes or saint costumes, it’s not even really a question! So yes, we ‘only’ do All Saints costumes and we don’t celebrate Halloween - that often has the stigma of the ‘holier than thou’ judgment. If you want to judge that, consider me lazy and cheap, instead. ;-)

Without further pomp: our inexpensive, simple, Amazon-bought if possible, All Saints costumes from 2018!


Miss Violet Lisieux, wearing her name saint’s hand-me-down costume that her sister wore the year before! I had to re-make the black head covering for Saint Therese, but all of the sewing followed my “straight lines only” rule. Did I mention I hate my sewing machine?!


Charlotte Rose, I hope you remember how awesome it was that four of your other little girlfriends were also Amazon-bought Saint Kateri’s, and not that you actually wanted to be Saint Lucia dos Santos and your mother persuaded you into a non-thrifting, non-sewing, order online saint instead. At least I let you wear my jewelry? We were in the middle of a read aloud chapter book about Saint Kateri, too, I’ll give myself a pass. ;-)


Anyone else have wonderful male saint suggestions, but your sons just pick the ones with the best weapons? Having just finished a read aloud chapter book about Saint Martin de Porres, I was so excited for Charlie to be Saint Martin and for Pax to be a mouse. NOPE, I’ll take a Saint Martin, but the one with a sword. Another Amazon friendly costume, plus half a cape made with fleece, hot glue, and ribbon!


Little brother was Saint Martin’s beggar. He kept the cape on for about eight seconds!


This year, we have a Saint Longinus (spear, obviously), a Saint Brigid of Ireland, a Saint Scholastica, and a Saint Benedict planned. As you can imagine, Amazon will be providing as much as possible, and we will DIY a Saint Brigid accessory and a tiny 2T monk habit (why don’t you make that, Amazon?).

Are you prepped (or at least planned!) for All Saints costumes this year?


Tie Breaker Number Two - Baby Dodge Number Five!

We have a new baby on the way, due at the end of December!

At the beginning of end of August, we found out whether our second tie-breaker is a boy or girl, and had a mini family Gender Reveal during our Sunday family brunch.


Baby Dodge number five is a BOY! Everyone was excited to see blue inside their reveal cupcakes, but they were, truth be told, more excited to play with their giant balloons.


We’ve never done a “reveal” party before! Our first three were surprises, we did not know gender until birth. With baby four, we found out, but told the children very simply, showing them the ultrasounds. With this new one, we have all been so excited to find out and begin calling the baby by it’s name, so my family humored me in putting together a mini party to let the kids find out together as a celebration! It was a blast, and brought us a lot of joy - I’d love to continue to do little reveals for our children if God sends more baby Dodges our way.

Sharing our simple family reveal:

  • pink and blue mylar balloons, the #5 was hidden in a trash bag from the siblings until after the cupcakes!

  • inexpensive gender reveal decor (team boy/girl glasses, colored paper straws, confetti)

  • cupcakes (we love Simple Mills grain-free box mixes, especially the chocolate!) with blue icing hidden in the middle


We’ve also shared baby’s name! He is John Henry Fulton, named primarily for Saint John the Evangelist, who’s feast day is also baby John Henry’s estimated due date! He’ll also be able to claim Saint John Henry Newman as a name saint, and will have the special connection of knowing Saint John Henry was canonized when he was 29 weeks old! My husband, Daniel, chose Fulton as the middle name, being drawn recently to the wonderful Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Baby John Henry’s pregnancy is flying by, and around Christmas, God willing, we will welcome him to our wild crew! If you think of us, please offer a Hail Mary for baby’s birth and our transition from family of six to family of seven. Deo Gratias!


Children’s Rosary Book Review: On A Mission to Love

One of the handful of incredibly influential changes or additions we’ve made over recent years in living out our Catholic faith has been the daily family Rosary. Yes, daily…as in, every single day, we pray a full 5 decade Rosary with our four small people. I know for some that sounds daunting, or even “holier than thou”, or heroic…it is not any of those things. It’s necessary. First, it was suggested to us by our priest, who was counseling us in a few areas of our family life and spiritual lives. Second, it’s what Our Lady herself has requested of us - the daily Rosary, 15 minutes of our day, this one specific prayer. So many devotions and prayers are incredible; this one is the ONE that Our Lady herself has asked of each of us. Read more about Our Lady of Fatima here, at! Just understanding the events and the words of the Blessed Mother during these apparitions can be a life-changer for your faith!

With that being said, we do the Rosary daily as a family because it is necessary, not because it is easy, or we are experts at ‘being Catholic,’ or because our children are abnormally well-behaved…oh man…they are NOT. Often (usually…okay always), the Rosary is a struggle. It’s hard - a four year old is trying to learn her prayers and how to follow each bead, a two year old is yelling about not wanting to pray the Rosary, an eight year old is slouching, a six year old is saying her knees/back/elbows/toes hurt all of the sudden. It’s just not smooth, pretty, glamorous…it’s hard. I am always looking for ways to help it run a little smoother, and usually just end up day dreaming about making my own board books or painted blocks with roses on them - there have been very few actually helpful resources we have found for the little ones for the family Rosary!


Enter in the On a Mission to Love Children’s Rosary Meditation Book, which we were given to enjoy and review! We’ve had them for over two months now, so I can truly say that we LOVE them. I love so much about these books, and I am thankful to have them in our home!


One of the things I love is the artwork - it’s hard to find Rosary decade images that are not watered down and childish. While I love simplistic coloring pages and child-friendly cartoon-like artwork in some circumstances, Daniel and I feel strongly that it’s important for meditative prayer preparation that children are given the “real deal” in their environment. These images are truly beautiful - rich in meaning, yet still accessible and recognizable for children.


I am also a big fan of the individual prayer meditations - for each Hail Mary of a decade, a reader can read the meditative sentence, and a non-reader can simply keep his or her finger on that “bead,” represented by connected dots on the page! I also love that you can grab these as a bundle with our favorite wooden bead Rosaries - this was a sheer coincidence in our home! The girls both have these gorgeous wooden bead Rosaries from Small Things Great Love (on Etsy), and Debbie from On a Mission to Love has collaborated with Allison to offer them with her meditation books!

If you are looking to add the Rosary to your family prayer routine with little ones, looking for a lovely First Holy Communion gift, or hoping to foster a deeper love for the Rosary in children who are already praying it with the family, I think you will love these Rosary meditation books too!


Modesty on Mondays - Resource List


Is it a word that makes you feel defensive or uncomfortable? Is it something you think just doesn’t apply to our modern Catholic living? Something that is antiquated? Something that is his problem, not mine? An optional area of virtue some people happen to prefer?

Modesty takes on a lot of baggage as a topic of discussion, so it seems like we just avoid the conversation all together. We add it to the relativistic group of topics, deciding “to each her own” and “whatever floats your boat.”

Okay, I absolutely thought all of those things about the buzzword “modesty,” and not all that long ago. That what I wore didn’t actually matter in any real, true sense. That it was my business how I wanted to dress, and certainly no man, or woman even, could or should advise me on what I should be wearing. That “mostly modest” or “modest most of the time” was more than enough effort on my part. I can’t say that I’ve figured it all out, or that I’ve acquired this virtue, even. But what I’ve learned from a number of wonderful resources has been so beautifully transformative that I just want to share it. To open the discussion up, to share the resources I’ve connected with, and to walk out this piece of growing in virtue together with other like-minded women.

For a little while, I’ve been doing that through #modestyonmondays on Instagram. It’s been a fruitful, continuous discussion - I think those of us who are drawn toward authentic Catholic living truly need the affirmations that a space like IG can give! We are not alone. We are not isolated in our challenges and struggles, and we are able to lift each other up through sharing the way Our Lord is moving in our lives. Within those conversations and direct messages, I’m often sending a handful of my favorite resources to ladies who want to learn more - below is that list!


Audio: ***

Steak or kale? This homily has been such a game changer for me and my understanding on what the Church (actively!) teaches about modesty. It’s one I’ve listened to again and again, and my top recommendation for a starting point to learning about the virtue of modesty.

***These sermons have been removed from public access, but I have a ‘hard copy’ of the MP3 and am happy to email it directly to you! Email me through the contact form and I’ll send it over.

Father Ripperger:

Sensus Traditionis is a wealth of edifying, faith life-changing information! I have learned so much from this brilliant, straight-shooting, traditional priest. The link above is for the whole eight part series of talks. He does talk about modesty in dress, but as a part of the bigger picture of the virtue of modesty, which falls under temperance. It’s heavy hitting and Thomistic, and so very helpful in getting a broader understanding of why this virtue matters as much as it does!



Dressing with Dignity: (here on Amazon)

Written by a woman for women, this book covers a lot of ground in a pretty quick read. Most interestingly, she covers how fashions have been disrupted and why our culture and modern Church has lost so much ground on this virtue. One of my questions when beginning to learn about modesty was if this is what the Church has always taught, and the teaching is unbroken and unchanged, then why have I not heard about it in 30 years of being Catholic? Colleen Hammond brings the answers to the table in an accessible way.

The Privilege of Being a Woman: (here on Amazon)

While she does not primarily cover modesty, I have found this book to be foundational in my understanding of femininity and the value of womanhood. Alice von Hildebrand answers the question “Why does modesty even matter?” without the topic being significantly approached. Truly, understanding the dignity gifted to women is the interior cornerstone for external efforts in modesty. It’s a book every Catholic woman will find value in, and is indispensable for those raising daughters in today’s moral climate!

Plant Lady 101 - The Best Three Plants to Start With!

Two things you can find in every room of our house - religious art and plants! These are my two favorite things to decorate with. Plants bring such a happy pop of green and life to a space, giving it warmth and depth. They are fun to watch grow and change, and make a great little project for children to help out with. My children have plants in their bedrooms too, per their request! Whether it is a friend visiting the house or spotting a plant in a room via Instagram, I get a lot of "I need you to teach me how to keep plants!" comments. I am totally an amateur plant lady, but thankfully it doesn't take much to bring and keep bright greenery into your space! I used to wander around looking at plants, feeling overwhelmed and clueless. My husband new I wanted to get a few plants, so one Mother's Day, he gave me a gift card to a local plant store! I did a little Pinterest research on plants I might not kill, and went for it! Not every plant I've had over the last three years has lived, but some have stuck with me that whole time. So to each friend that has said "teach me your ways," here we go!

First, don't go drooling over urban jungle IG accounts and go purchase $200 Fiddle Leaf Figs and rare succulents! Give yourself three months to prove to yourself that you can keep $30-50 worth of plants alive, even if the plants you start with aren't your dream plants. I think the best way to start is with a handful of plants that look great and can stand up to your learning curve! Second, don't be legalistic with how much water, how much sun, etc. You can find tips for every plant imaginable on the internet, but even if you follow those rules perfectly, your particular plant may not be happy! Know that you'll have to play around with where to keep it for the amount of sun and how much water it likes. Third, get a few to start! If you get one plant and it dies, you may feel like a failure. If you have three and you lose one, you have a few others to care for! I also think my plants aren't neglected because they have friends - there are too many plants in my house to forget about them! When you are watering and checking on more than one plant, it's likely to become a natural part of your home care routine. Okay - let's dive into what I think are the best three plants to start with!

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From left to right: ZZ plant, pothos ivy, and snake plant! 

ZZ Plant: The zamioculas zamiifolia is the first plant we ever bought, and it went to my husband's chiropractic office! I asked the woman at the local plant store for a plant that could handle low light and likely some neglect (my husband takes amazing care of his patients, but his plants don't get water as often as they should!), and she sent me home with a ZZ! If you are the brownest of thumbs, the ZZ plant is your best friend. They do well in moderate to bright light, near a bright window - you'll see new growth constantly! That being said, the ZZ is a rockstar for super low light, and can even live on just fluorescent lighting! This is one you can stick in a low lighting corner for a design pop, and it'll look healthy forever. The ZZ can handle water once a week, but it'll tolerate being watered less and even totally forgotten for a while! It doesn't want to be overwatered, so be sure the soil is dried out between watering. One thing that I love about the ZZ is that it has these big rhizomes that store water - it truly can handle some drought. When they look shriveled and not full, you can be sure that the plant is thirsty. I have one ZZ and I usually water it every two weeks. When I place it near a window, it gets tons of new growth and height. In a darker spot, it slows but looks great and stays happy! Bonus - even if you are eventually going to kill a ZZ, it probably will take you over a year to kill it. Ha!

Pothos Ivy: Your grandma's favorite houseplant, and for good reason. I have four pothos plants, and they are some of my favorites! You usually purchase them as bushy, short plants with two or three leaves on a few of the vines. They can grow quickly, making them the most satisfying first plants I can think of! It's a joy to watch new pothos leaves unfurl and to see your vines get some length! Like the ZZ, pothos can handle not having a lot of sun. They are great on bookshelves and in spots that get moderate light, but can be a good distance from windows too. All of my pothos plants are fairly far away from their light source, but they are happy! Starting with plants that aren't too picky about their lighting is ideal, I think. Pothos plants are also good at telling you what they want changed. If they are droopy or starting to brown, they are thirsty. If they are getting too much light, the color of the leaves will bleach out. Pothos ivy plants like to have their soil dry out completely before watering, and I find with mine that once a week is usually when they are ready for water. I have often let them go two weeks with no problems! This is a low maintenance plant that looks great in every space and is fun to watch grow.  

Snake Plant: The sanseveria plants are some of my favorite! My husband has two at the office, and we have one at home. I love the height and fun patterning that they bring to a space! They are similar to ZZ plants in many ways. They'll do great in bright light near a sunny window, but they'll also hang out happily in lower light areas. These are a favorite for people who forget to water their plants, as they need water about every two to three weeks! You'll get feedback from your plant if you are overwatering - the leaves will start to droop rather than stand up straight. 

Plant Lady, you are officially ready! Head to a local nursery (or even Amazon!) and grab your first three plants! Get regular potting mix and some terra cotta pots or at least pots with holes at the bottom, and find spots for your new plant babies. Don't be afraid to move them around and don't stress over watering - just check the soil with your fingers to make sure it has dried out before watering again. Don't overthink it, just enjoy your plants!

Good Bye, Old Chicken Coop!

In March we moved into a new home, and the last three months have required a lot of adjusting and resettling! We moved our existing chickens over with us, and they are in a temporary coop made from pallets while my husband gets ready for a big three to four week coop build!

As he's been getting ready, downloading plans and setting aside time to build, I've been thinking fondly of the first coop we built. We had a lot of requests for how it was built, and I wish I could share more details! Daniel and I looked at many coop designs, and filtered them through our main goal - lots of run space, able to keep birds full-time enclosed if needed, and as frugal as possible! Many coop designs run $1000+ in wood and materials, and we built this one for less than $400, using what we could that we already had and reducing materials down to the basics!

It was the very first building project I ever requested of my husband - he had not so much as built a shelf before this! It was a daunting task, and I was so proud of the design he drew up and his execution! He was quick to decide to use pre-made designs for the next coop - he'll be building a slightly modified Garden Loft Coop

Basic design - I wanted the chickens to have as much run space as we could, without spending a ton on materials! I also wanted to be able to walk in to clean the run floor and go in and out with the feeder and waterer. 

Basic design - I wanted the chickens to have as much run space as we could, without spending a ton on materials! I also wanted to be able to walk in to clean the run floor and go in and out with the feeder and waterer. 

We were able to keep the feeder and waterer under the little hen house part of the coop, keeping it from rain. 

We were able to keep the feeder and waterer under the little hen house part of the coop, keeping it from rain. 

Super simple entrance to the hen house. Our girls would go in to put themselves to bed on the roosting bars or go in to lay eggs!

Super simple entrance to the hen house. Our girls would go in to put themselves to bed on the roosting bars or go in to lay eggs!

One side of the coop had a swing door to collect eggs from two little laying areas we set up. It was a great height for the older two children to unlatch and open!

One side of the coop had a swing door to collect eggs from two little laying areas we set up. It was a great height for the older two children to unlatch and open!

This back door was put in to help make it super easy to clean up the bedding, I just swept out the old into a bag and had the children help me replenish the new chips! 

This back door was put in to help make it super easy to clean up the bedding, I just swept out the old into a bag and had the children help me replenish the new chips! 

I am excited for our new coop, but I did love this homemade design! We learned a ton about caring for our chickens and what does and doesn't work for their living spaces in the process. As the Garden Loft Coop build gets underway, I will be sharing the progress over on Instagram Stories - be sure to follow @LittleLightFamily on IG and follow along! 

Spiritual Reading: Baker's Dozen Book Challenge for 2018


Happy 2018! I am not one for "New Year's Resolutions," but I am one for accountability when I make big plans. I am great at ideas and dreams, but projects and commitments that don't fall into crafts and artwork categories are highly at risk of not being finished. Ha! I love to read, but when it comes to spiritual reading, I am really good at *buying* the books...I'm even great at reading the first few chapters. Completely finishing them, on the other hand, I am horrible at. To prevent myself from buying anymore books from our parish bookstore and then just looking at them longingly, I am making myself accountable for reading the ones I already have! I started the first one just after Christmas, so I am including 13 books in my personal challenge! I will be sharing thoughts on each book as I finish them - but I do promise that many many other people have written profound thoughts and reviews...that's not me. Fair warning if you decide to follow along, it'll just be some basic Catholic mama thoughts. ;-) 


Here's my complete list, in order of the photo, but not necessarily in the order I will read them (mostly because I am not sure what order I will read them in...that's too much planning for me!). I've started with Humility of Heart, and though some of the books may not be as heavy, I am realizing all 13 will be quite challenging. After Humility of Heart, I am going to dive into The Privilege of Being A Woman. 

1. Humility of Heart (Fr. Cajetan Mary da Bergamo)

This one was a gift from a thoughtful friend, and I've started and stopped it too many times! It's a heavy-hitter, and I've started with this one first!

2. The Imitation of Mary (Alexander De Rouville)

I've read this almost completely, but many years ago. I am looking forward to reading it again in my current stage of life.

3. The Glories of Mary (Saint Alphonsus Liguori)

My husband and I finished our Total Consecration to Mary in the fall, and I am realizing that I will never be able to learn enough about her! This book was recommended in a talk I listened to online!

4. The Privilege of Being a Woman (Alice von Hildebrand)

True femininity in the context of our Faith is not something I have learned much about until the last two years at our Traditional Latin Mass parish. It has been something I need a LOT of grace to put into practice, so I am especially looking forward to this one!

5. The Martins of Lisiuex - Saints Therese, Louis, and Zelie (Fr. Stephane-Joseph Piat O.F.M.)

I have a special love and admiration for Saint Therese, and in what little I've read of Saint Zelie's letters, I know that these three are Saints I need to get to know better! This is an intimidatingly sized book, but I am looking forward to stories and examples from this holy family.

6. An Introduction to the Devout Life (Saint Frances de Sales)

This book is so beautifully written, I can't wait to dive in! It is another that is recommended by a priest my husband and I listen to online often, and was recently recommended by one of our parish priests in our Women's Spirituality class as a cornerstone for spiritual reading!

7. The Mass Explained to Children (Maria Montessori)

I started reading this one out loud to my children during homeschool time, but with the two younger ones to hold and wrestle, I didn't keep it up! I want to finish it myself and see how I can best convey Maria Montessori's message to my five and seven year old!

8. What's Wrong with the World (G.K. Chesterton)

To be honest, this one is the book that is most likely to get bumped off my list, if I fall behind! I want to read it because there will be a time, soon, to explain to our children why we seem so strange! This is one, though, that falls more in line with my husband's state in life than mine, so we shall see!

9. A Mother's Rule of Life (Holly Pierlot)

Our parish's homeschool mom's group read this for the Fall semester and discussed it at the meetings, but I didn't read along. I will get through it this year!

10. The Latin Mass Explained (George J. Moorman and R. Michael Schmitz)

Another that I've read at least halfway through, but haven't finished for whatever reason. We've been attending the Latin Mass for about a year and a half, and I'm certain even in 20 years there will be more to learn about it! 

11. True Devotion to Mary (Saint Louis de Montfort)

We used a different book for our Total Consecration to Mary, but both Daniel and I love Saint Louis de Montfort and this book seems like a necessity!

12. How to Really Love Your Child (Ross Campbell)

My confessor recommended this book to me, and our pastor recommended it again to the whole parish during a sermon! I read dozens of parenting and psychology books in my first few years as a new mom, but haven't read many since. I think this one will be very helpful for both my husband and I!

13. The Ways of Mental Prayer (Vitalis Lehodey O.C.R.)

Oh, this one. I've started reading it, and have skipped around to parts I thought might help me more immediately. The priest that I learned about it from says that it's a beast, but the very best single book to aid in mental prayer and meditation! 

Find ALL of the titles here! (Not an affiliate link! I love me some Amazon, but if we can find these titles at our local Catholic bookstores, I'd rather see those small businesses flourish!)

If you have read some of these, which has been your favorite? Are any of these on your reading list for this year too?

All Saints Day Saint Costumes 2017

I am ALL for store bought Halloween costumes, and for the Trunk or Treat we went to a few days before Halloween, that is exactly what my children wore - store bought costumes! Our local Target didn't seem to have a very large selection of Saint costumes, however. Really though, wouldn't it be awesome if we could order Saint costumes on Amazon? The reality is that for All Saints Day celebrations, the Catholic mama is on her own. I honestly think that's why many people skip Saint costumes, because as much as they'd like to do some special Liturgical living with their children, it takes a lot of time and planning to make a number of Saint outfits! 

This year after the children decided who they wanted to be, I planned our costumes out with the goal of being as efficient as possible, and while their costumes are clearly not seamstress status, they held up for our All Saints Eve Party at our church, and each of them loved their costumes! 

I cheated as MUCH as possible on these, and from start to finish I spent less than three hours making them. So, Catholic Mama, here are my hacks - let's cheat together!! 


We have a Benedictine monk (Saint Benedict for the party!), Saint Philomena, and Saint Therese of Lisieux! 


Our Benedictine habit is just a few yards of black jersey fabric, folded in half, with a little crescent cut out just big enough for his neck! I had my son lay down on the folded fabric and traced out the arms, then cut away - the fabric looked like a letter "T." This is the only one I pulled the sewing machine out for. I used jersey fabric as much as possible for these costumes, because with jersey you can make a straight cut, rip the fabric quickly, and then the "hem" will just roll a little and look fairly finished! Not spending energy cutting perfectly saves so much time! He wore it over a black hoodie so that I didn't have to attempt to sew a hood!


Saint Philomena has on a pillowcase! I cut arm holes and cinched the "neck" with twine! We used a cape we already owned, which was perfect. Her crown was an existing pink jersey headband, and I just hot glued flowers and leaves on to it! With this little love being under three, I didn't take the chance of accessorizing her with an anchor, arrows, palms, or a fact my husband forbade me from letting her wear a rope around her neck...what can you do? 


Saint Therese the Little Flower also has a pillow case tunic; bottom cut off and left unhemmed, arms cut out, neck cinched! Her mantle I ruffled by hand quickly, and then hot glued sparkly gold ribbon to both sides. The toque is a simple piece of white jersey, and the veil is black jersey - both cut, ripped, and left unhemmed! 

I hope my hacks encourage you to make Saint costumes for All Saints Day celebrations - no one needs to know we cheated! ;-)