Like most kids, Lucia loves Halloween and all aspects of playing dress up, and I love watching the four-year-old creative process that comes along with it unfold. Since her world is currently filled with fairies, it seemed only natural that she chose to be one for Halloween. With inspirations drawn from the flower and leaf crowns that I created last year, I envisioned sewing tons of faux flowers, autumn leaves, or green vines together to bring my fairy’s Halloween costume to life. Lucia had a different vision in mind, and so, a butterfly fairy was born.
Since Lucia’s closet (and my sanity) can’t handle another tulle explosion, it made sense to reuse this tutu dress that I made for Lucia last spring. She adores this thing.
I decided to make Lucia an apron to wear over the tutu dress and wanted a vibrant color to downplay the black underlayer. I went with a bright purple tulle and a contrasting aqua waistband. I cut four layers of tulle and used a gathering foot on my sewing machine to gather each layer one by one. Using a gathering foot is THE BOMB! Gone are the days of cursing broken threads as I attempt to hand gather unsuccessfully. I can’t believe I waited so long to test this thing out.
|Gathering foot – oh how I love you! I can’t wait to get my hands on a ruffle foot.|
I then sandwiched the four layers of tulle in between two thick pieces of grosgrain aqua ribbon and stitched two seams. A simple tulle apron was finished.
I broke out my glue gun and went butterfly crazy. I attached faux butterfly’s to the apron’s top layer and made a matching pin, headpiece and wand.