Tour of the Costume Box: Leafy Flower Fairy Skirt

October 27, 2011

Halloween Countdown: 4 days

Two below-the-knee tutus purchased on eBay.  Again I must excuse my camera.  The pink one is a nicer rose color in person.

The real costume is the leafy skirt.  It can worn pixie-like over a plain leotard, or over skirts like these for flower fairies.  The waist band is satin blanket binding stiffened with fusible interfacing in the middle section.  The leaves are made from a remnant of polyester double-knit.  I fused two pieces together with a middle layer of “Heat-n-Bond Lite” to bulk it up to the right spongy stiffness, traced and cut leaf shapes, stitched them to the waistband.  Beforehand I had cut and arranged random lengths of translucent light green ribbon to go underneath the leaves.

None of this is botany, certainly, but I was thinking of sepals when I added the curls of dark green wire-edged ribbon on top of the leaves, sewed the ends to points (Fray Check stabilizes the the raw edges), and tipped them with faceted plastic beads of dew.   Finally I stitched the waistband shut finished it off with beaded ribbon trim.  It ties like a sash behind.


5 Responses to “Tour of the Costume Box: Leafy Flower Fairy Skirt”

  1. […] flower fairy skirt.  Come see.  It will make you want to […]

  2. zibilee Says:

    Love the colors and the detail on this one. Such wonderful work!

    • trapunto Says:

      Thank you. I like the way a lot of different colors of green are in vogue just now, which means more to choose from at the fabric store when you go looking for green ribbon.

  3. Jeanne Says:

    wow. There are a lot of good things in this dress-up collection, but this may be the best.

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