Added Jan 12, 2011
Telford, United ...
I love ladybirds! What can I say? I had to make a costume for a halloween party and had ‘spotted’ this great fabric! (Sorrry, could not help myself!!!!) I think that wearing my red and black tutu under adds the roundness needed, and the pinstripe corset adds a little something else! The tutu is so simple to make but soooo effective! Cut inch strips of the net to just over double the final length of the skirt. Take some coordinating / contrasting wide ribbon, centre it and tie two knots with the space in the middle being your waist / hip measurement (depending where you want it to sit) and the remaining ‘tails’ being the same length, cut ’v’s in the ends, and make sure you can tie a pretty bow with the ends! Then hold the net strips folded in half, and with the ribbon on top, pass the ‘tails’ of the net through the loop on the other side of the ribbon, trapping it. I did 4 knots of red then 4 of black, but you can do whatever you like! It takes a while, but you can do and adult sized one in about an hour once you have had a bit of practice! I have made four now!
The spotty skirt is simply a hemmed tube with a length if elastic run through a channel in the top, pull it tight to gather.
The tutu is made from 2 meters of red and 2 meters of black net with 2 meters of wide black ribbon. The spotty fabric is a printed cotton with an elasticated waistband.