Added Nov 1, 2010
New York, New Yo...
I was Tinkerbell for Halloween! There is nothing in the world quite like running about in a tiny green dress, a foofy petticoat and wings, and covered in pixie dust. I haven’t felt that pretty in ages!
This costume was super fun because I started off with the petticoat, which was just fabulous. And, I can wear it again, since it’s not sewn into the dress. It’s 3 tiers of gathered tulle with 1 layer at the top, 2 in the middle, and 4 at the bottom giving it a nice full look, and making me feel like a layer cake (or a princess). Then I moved on to the dress, which is this luxurious green silk blend (a steal at $3/yd!). It has a fully lined and boned princess bodice (I didn’t even need to wear a bra, and not a single wardrobe malfunction) and a simple circle skirt. The wings are a stretchy lace stretched over a wire frame. This was my first try at making wings, so I had no idea if they would even look mildly good, but I think they turned out wonderful!
I’m so proud of how the whole thing turned out! I got tons of compliments (which I am horribly awkward at taking graciously), and just generally felt like a pretty pretty fairy princess!
Over the course of this project, I bought fabric 5 times (including once for my roommate’s costume), and now the staff at my new fabric store know who I am! And that is why I consider this a success.
*I used the bodice part of the Petit black dress from Modern Sewing as a very basic template, then edited the heck out of it to get the shape I wanted.
china silk, tulle, stretchy lace, 18 gauge wire
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