Happy Halloween!!!! My girls are so excited for trick-or-treat tonight. They thought long and hard about what they wanted to be for Halloween this year and Pumpkin changed her mind about 100 times but in the end they settled on a fairy and a butterfly.
Cupcake, not typically a girly girl, requested a fairy costume. Not just any fairy, but a pink fairy. With a wand and wings. Pumpkin wanted to be a monarch butterfly.
I used the same patterns for both costumes, which made my life a little easier as I didn’t have much time to get these whipped up after our vacation (which I’m still trying to finish a blog post on!!). The dresses are the Tinkerbell dress from Made for Mermaids. The wings are the Wonderland Wings from Peek-a-Boo Patterns.
OH, she’s just the cutest butterfly I’ve ever seen! She just loves this costume. From the moment I finished it she’s wanted to wear it nonstop.
I modified the wings pattern just a bit because the accent pieces are only on one side if you follow the pattern directions, but I needed the the orange on both side. So I appliqued the accents before assembly rather than “quilting” them into the wings and they turned out great. I also used one less piece of fusible heavyweight interfacing because I didn’t like the way Cupcake’s wings turned out with it. I also added some heat transfer vinyl dots to give it more of a monarch look.
Despite the specific request for an all pink costume this kid was less than thrilled about the result of her fairy dress and wings. It’s too pink and the wings are too small. She does like how sparkly the wand is, though! Ugh, 6 years old, going on 16.
She eventually warmed up to the costume and flew around like the beautiful fairy she is.
The Tinkerbell pattern only has a pattern piece for short sleeves, but because we live in the Midwest I wanted long sleeves, so we wouldn’t have to layer. Well, so I wouldn’t have to color match their layering. So I used the Harper pattern, also from Made for Mermaids to extend the sleeves. Turns out it’s supposed to 62 degrees tonight, so layering shouldn’t be necessary!
The wands are simple, made from a dowel rod and a wood cutout from the craft store. I painted them, glued them together and added some ribbon accents. Despite the fact butterflies don’t carry wands Pumpkin insisted she have one, too, and who am I to argue?
In the end I’m really happy with how these turned out given the time crunch I was in (and the fact I had to keep going back to the fabric store for more fabric, then supplies for the wands, then pom poms for the antennae!). And I’m sure that after tonight these will be put into regular rotation in the dress up wardrobe.