I was very flattered. And very excited. I would have done it that night if I hadn't had other obligations.
She wanted the whole Tinkerbell feel. The first thing that I thought of was how the fairies dress in flowers and leaves. So I sent her a little sketch of a dress with flower petals as a skirt and leaves as the top. She told me to just go for it.
The skirt was a no-brainer. I had to make it really twirly so it had to be a circle skirt. I just scalloped the bottom of it. The idea of hemming that was very daunting, so I just used bias tape (thank goodness I happened to have some that worked perfectly, too.). I kinda screwed up the waistband a bit, thinking I could sew exhausted, and forgot to change the thread and had a wonky pink line running through the white elastic, so I was faced with the idea of getting out the seam ripper, which I hate to do. I avoid it at all costs. So I covered the waistband. It'll probably be a little more comfortable that way, too.
I agonized over the top. I went through half a dozen ideas from a wrap around pinafore to a halter to a brief consideration of a corset top (but I know what a pain they can be to lace up, so I don't do that unless asked). I thought about trying my hand at shirring again. Buttons, no buttons... I literally hadn't decided what to do until I put the rotary cutter to the fabric. The final result is almost identical to the top I made for Isabelle last year, minus the shirring.
So, without further ado... I introduce The Flower Fairy
Oops, didn't realize this was so blurry...
I added some ties to the back since I scrapped the shirring idea.
If you followed the link at the top of the post, you'll appreciate how happy I am about her hair now. ;)
Isabelle is VERY long-waisted, so the waistband most likely won't show on the birthday girl
You can't get much twirlier than that!
I was very lucky that the birthday girl happened to be the same size as my kids, so I could make sure it fit and looked OK. I'm really excited about it. I need to add a button to the neck of the halter.... I needed to check how it fit first so that I wasn't strangling the poor child. Auntie loved it and showed the mother of the girl, who said that it matches the colors of her birthday party! I hope I get to see a picture of the birthday girl wearing it. =)