Lu is being Little Red Riding Hood. (My choice.) Bird is being the supporting character in Brave that gets turned into a bear for most of the movie, Queen Elinor. (Not my choice.) Lu’s costume has been fun to sew. Birds costume, not so much.
This is what Queen Elinor looks like. I pretty much hate this dress right now and my rendition of it. It has been a costly and messy sew with a lot of wonky parts. It isn’t done because Bird chose what she wanted to be on Saturday. I’ll post pictures soon though.
Onto the happy half. This is what 8 yards of tulle looks like on a size one. The pattern is 2571 Simplicity. I made some changes in my fabric choices, the construction, and of course the addition of the tulle. I also made the apron (modified to be shorter) from Simplicity 2571. I added the lace to the bodice and the apron with a pinstitching technique. Janice Ferguson has a set of really helpful posts for this technique here and here. I was really pleased with how it turned out. The white is a batiste, the black is cotton velveteen. The lace isn’t anything special, just happened to have it stashed. The cape from Simplicity 2571 seemed too big for such a little person. I wanted a whimsical cape, not a cloak. Ottobre Issue Winter 2008 had a darling cape with a pointed top and a clean cut jacket. I made this out of red velveteen with red satin lining it. This pattern is amazing. It is so quick—only 2 pieces to cut out and sew together—yet so satisfying.
Ooohh, I forgot. And bloomers for underneath. Also from Simplicity 2571 in the white batiste utilizing the pinstitching technique for detail.
Watch for modeled pictures soon. Friday maybe?
Bro wanted to be batman. And he wanted to buy it. Gasp! I know. I'm trying to think of it as a pleasant way to save a little time and money.