I want to make and collect the greatest dress up collection for my girls. I believe that using your imagination is so important for kids while they are growing up and especially for learning. I think a lot of kids have lost touch with that side these days and its really sad to see. TV, computers and iPads have taken over their minds. I know that it may make me sound old fashioned. But there is so much beauty in a child that is playing "pretend", playing house, making up plays or having a tea party with their stuffed animal friends. I won't lie, Princess has learned a ton of things from her shows, things that I am like, "What!? You know what a triangle is?" But there is definitely something to be said for the simplicity of play....unplugged.
So, remember when I said I had no idea what I was going to do with that wreath I made for Peanut's party?
What you will need:
A ton of tulle! I think I probably used 2-3 yards of tulle
3/4 - 1 inch wide elastic (the 1 inch is kind of hard to work with, but it made the waistband thick and sturdy, so that was nice)
Any other decoration you may want, a flower, a brooch...I don't know
Basic sewing tools
1. Measure your little one's waist and take off about 2 inches off that number, then cut your elastic to size. If you don't have a measuring tape, you can just wrap the elastic around her waist and then take the 2 inches off from there. The reason you are taking 2 inches off (or sometimes more) is because the elastic stretches a lot when you put all the tulle on. You can always take more off later, but I would start with taking off 2 inches. The length of mine ended up being about 18 inches.
2. Sew your elastic together in a circle.
|I sewed it down in two places to that it was extra secure.|
4. Cut all of your tulle into strips. The length depends on what you want. If you want it to be a longer skirt or shorter, its up to you. Mine were all pre-cut from the wreath (but I still had the painstaking job of untying them all. You would think I was prepared for a hurricane to come by, I tied them so tight). Anywhere from 15- 30 inches long. Mine were about 15 inches long and about 3 inches wide.
5. Make a loop with a piece of tulle, slide it under the elastic waistband and flip the ends over the waistband and into the loop. I tried my best to show in the picture. Then repeat until you have covered the entire elastic.
|Its ok if the elastic folds a bit.|
|Now you may find that this process stretches the elastic a bit. If it starts to become too big just cutt off more elastic and sew it down again.|
6. At this point, you can either be done or you can add a bow like I did, or a flower etc. The possibilities are endless!
Here is the ribbon I added. It was also from the wreath. All it needed was a little ironing.
7. Place on your child and watch her transform into a ballerina!
|She just happened to have a bun in her hair today. ;)|
There it is. The first of many dress up pieces to come. Now, if only I can make a princess dress.....