It was Ash Wednesday last week and children had to wear costumes in kindergartens and schools. I knew right away I wanted to make something myself for Sandra and started by googling and browsing pinterest for some ideas. Butterfly it was, but I finished it only last night, week later… oh well…
This time I really wish I had gone to shop and bought fabrics in colors that fit better together. On the other hand I’m glad for reducing the amount of my stored fabrics once again. So it is what it is.
I would like to show some pictures on how I made this thing.
To start with I shaped 2 pieces of wires for the wings. Ugla is crazy about wires and loves chasing those. After all it’s her to blame for ruining already existing butterfly wings that someone gave Sandra as a present. But that way I got the necessary wires for my butterfly costume.
As I see on internet all butterfly costumes have some spots on wings and it looks better than plane one color wings. Here I try to design some spots… pretty unprofessional.
Choosing fabric for spots was a real problem, but this is the one I chose after all – some old cut-off from the previous century.
Here are wings with fabric spots before sewing.
Then I began stitching fabrics around wires and adding a tulle edge.
Working on the second wing.
I put some time in thinking out how I’m gonna fasten those wings to a body, and came up with making such base with bands to which I later stitched the wings at.
Here I put a cardboard in it to make the whole thing strong enough to hold wings so that they wouldn’t hang down.
For butterfly antennas I used an already existing hair circle or whatever it’s called and cocktail straws.
The rest of the old fabrics was cut in irregular pieces and randomly put on skirt that I had already sewn, but not pictured. In this picture you see already made antennas and that the working table has turned into a big mess. It has been a week of work.
Butterfly costume is of course made for Sandra, who is almost twice taller than Telma, but I asked Telma to pose firstly because Sandra is not at home at this moment. Secondly because Sandra got to try some pieces of costume while it was still in process and not ready, just to help me… sometimes I had to beg her to try it on and after all as it happens she got enough of it and didn’t want to see it, I think now when I’m finished it I’d better put it in the box and away from her eyes. And then one day I’ll take it out and I know that she’ll be excited then again. But I can’t stop smiling at little Telma that could hardly walk with all this stuff on her, really cute.