We're making progress - and the fairy-princess-ballerina costume just may have an end in sight.
This morning I made the skirt for the costume - it's a cross between a tutu and a big tulle marshmallow. But the two year old seems to like it and that's all that really matters. Well, what I should really say is that now she likes it. When I first tried to have her try it on to see how much more tulle I needed to add, she was not happy. Her reaction was akin to what happens when she encounters sprinkles - her arch nemesis. Yup, afraid of sprinkles. I guess that's better than being afraid of the dark. At least one rarely encounters sprinkles in a dark alley, you know?
So how did we do this? It took one length of ribbon and 2 spools of tulle. I used one pink and one purple, each 25 feet long and six inches wide - and each were on sale for $2.17. Since the ribbon was already something that I had, the whole project cost me $4.34. Considering that I saw a tutu that was already falling apart at Walmart a bunch of week's ago for $17, I am pretty proud of myself.
First I measured the ribbon around her waist and added an extra six inches on end. Those extra 12 inches would not be getting tulle, they would become the bow in the back of the tutu when it is tied on.
Then I cut the tulle into pieces, each around 2 1/2 feet long. It really all depends on how tall your daughter is. Mine is not on the tall side, so this tutu covers her knees by alot. At first I thought it was too long, but I figured I could cut it down after the fact. Better too long and in need of fixing then too short and well, then nothing can really be done - and I know that first hand. First hand? Yup. And you just know I will be telling a story now.
When I went for my last wedding gown fitting, something happened. I was standing there in the gown and the seamstress got a phone call and was yapping away and so, tired, I sat down. And the dress didn't. And that's when we realized that I had never sat in the dress before, something that apparently is very important. The dress kind of stood out in front of me, so my lower legs and sneakers (yeah) were on display. And that's when we realized that the tulle under the dress was slightly too short, hence the display of knees. Okay, not knees, but calves for sure.
To this day I am not sure how the woman fixed it, or tried to fix it, but it was not perfect. The day was, the dress was not. And so when I sat on the bedekin chair, I couldn't lean back. I had to kind of perch myself on the edge of the seat so the dress wouldn't pop up. Somewhat irritating at the time, but years later a somewhat funny story.
But I digress. Tulle is the topic of the day. So once all the tulle is cut into strips, start tying the tulle on the ribbon, one piece at a time. All you are doing is folding the piece of tulle in half over the ribbon, so that the tulle can be tied on. Tie a loose knot at the center of the tulle - I found double knotting made the whole thing puffier, so some I double knotted and some I did not. Keep going until the whole ribbon (minus those six inches on each side) is covered in tulle. Something to keep in mind - have the knots face down so the tulle lays flat. If the knots are facing up or out, the tulle will stand up or stand straight out. The goal is for all the tulle to hang straight down or else it will be hard to sit when the tutu is on. I hope the above picture kind of explains all that better than I can.
Once you covered the whole ribbon or run out of tulle, which happened to me, hold the whole tutu up and just move some of the pieces over on the ribbon so they have breathing room.
Have your little princess - or fairy-princess-ballerina stand on a chair and tie the bow in the back of the tutu. I feel like I will probably use a safety pin through the bow on Purim day, just to make sure it doesn't fall off. If you like, you could have also used elastic instead of the ribbon to make the tutu but not having an elastic and not knowing how to sew, I didn't. Although now that I am done, I realize I could have used a skinny stretchy headband as the base. Oh well, there's always next year.
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