The last thing I worked on was the skirt. I’ve made a number of tulle skirts over the past few years, and although I’ve done a few no-sew tulle tutu skirts, once I made a sewn-tulle skirt, I knew I’d never go back!
If you want to make a no-sew tulle skirt, they are very cute and easy to make! You can find a tutorial here. Aren’t those skirts precious? All you’d have to do to make it appropriate for Zarina would be to make the length shorter.
But, as I said, I’m hooked on sewing tulle skirts now.
That being said, I was mulling over just how I wanted to put this skirt together (there are lots of different options for this type of thing), when I came across this tutorial. And I knew it was absolutely perfect for what I wanted!
So now all you have to do is hop on over and follow her instructions and when you’re done, you’ll have a lovely tulle skirt (or tutu or whatever you want to call it!)
A couple of things to note: first of all, Zarina’s skirt is not cut all evenly. So I let my tulle pieces be different lengths. I even tried to create a few pickups, but it didn’t quite work out the way I was hoping. You can see the effect of the failed pickups, though—the skirt has a little extra “poof” in some places. The great thing about creating this skirt was knowing that it shouldn’t look perfect. It took a lot of the pressure off!
Second, tulle skirts can get surprisingly heavy. Also, elastic (just in case you weren’t aware) is stretchy. Some elastic is stretchier than others. In cases like mine, where you have a fairly heavy skirt and a very stretchy piece of elastic, it is often better to cut the elastic significantly shorter than the width of your child’s waist. If you cut it to be the same width as the waist or just a little less than the width, then there is a good chance it won’t stay up properly. Now, don’t get over-zealous and make it so tight your kiddo can’t breathe! Just make it small enough that it will stay put fairly well. (I had this issue when I was making the aforementioned pajama pants last Christmas. I had my hubby try his on and he didn’t like how they kept sagging. So he had me shorten, and shorten, and re-shorten the elastic. I was amazed at how short I ended up cutting the elastic, but he said he was still comfy and he was happier because his pajama bottoms stayed put.)
I used a knit for the lining (the same knit as the waistband) and I wish I hadn’t. I should have chosen something a little more sheer and lightweight. It ended up weighing the skirt down and didn’t have quite the look I wanted. One other thing I wish I’d done was use more than one color of tulle in the skirt. I think it would look a little better with more dimension– with maybe a lighter green interspersed with the dark green. But que sera, sera! Now you’ve learned something from my mistakes.
Onto the belt. This was really just a happy coincidence. Just a couple weeks ago my sister and I were helping my mom by cleaning out a room in her house (so that it could be turned into a guest room). And I came across these items:
A bunch of red beads and a braided, faux-leather belt.
It was my lucky day!
No one wanted the beads (or the belt) so I claimed them for my own. Now, Zarina’s belt is made out jeweled beads or something. But really, I didn’t want to spend extra money on the belt if I didn’t have to. I knew the wooden beads would work just fine!
To make Zarina’s belt, I un-braided the original belt so that it had three separate strands. I then put about 5 beads on each strand and then put all three strands together through one of the silver metal beads that came with the original belt. I repeated the process several times until I had a belt that was long enough to go around my daughter’s waist.
It worked out pretty well, if I say so myself!
Just FYI, I took a scrap piece of the green knit fabric and tied it around my daughter’s forehead for an easy headband.
And that, my friends, is it!
Here’s my little Pirate Fairy the first time we tried to take pictures. If you recall from my shirring post, she was very upset that day. I bribed her with chocolate to get this picture.
She was a little happier this day. Partly because of the wings. But also because I had ice cream to give her.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial. Making costumes for your kiddos is kind of addicting. Once you start, you might never want to stop!