When I discovered I could make Indigo's Little Red Riding Hood dress/tutu by simply tying strips of tulle to a crocheted headband, I was pretty ecstatic. Prior to that revelation, I had imagined the drudgery of gathering yard after yard of tulle. (Gathering is among my least favorite parts of sewing.) So when Tarikua said she wanted to be a fairy for Halloween, I was happy to make her a poofy tutu of her very own.
Truly, these tutus are ridiculously easy to make. The hardest part was sleuthing out how they were made in the first place, only because I had never seen them made this way before. How did they do that? What is that crocheted material? Google, can you help me? Google did. (I watched this tutorial to get the basic idea.)
I used two strips of tulle per crocheted hole, starting on the second row from the bottom.
Making three tulle skirts turned me into a bit of a tulle connoisseur. I found I much preferred using tulle by the yard than tulle-on-a-spool. Even though tulle on a spool comes packaged in a 6 inch width, I found it more tedious to cut in bulk. It was also more expensive, scratchier and more transparent. Tulle by the yard was softer yet more substantial. Using a cutting mat and a rotary cutter, I was able to cut piles of 6" x 20" strips for this costume in a matter of minutes.
For Tarikua's tutu, I used 13 yards of tulle: 7 in blue, 3 in light blue, and 3 in white.
I made Tarikua's top using the hanami bodice pattern sewn in a glittery satin from Joanns.
I initially planned to use this oversized flower crown for the costume. But it ended up being a pretty big pinterest fail. The flowers were too heavy to stick to the ribbon for long, despite my dear husband trying various ways to adhere them. Those big, beautiful flowers aren't cheap, either, even at 50% off, so I was disappointed it didn't work out.
But we found some small blue fake flowers, which Dan hot glued to the headband. I think he did a fantastic job with it. I love it.
The wings are from our costume stash, a birthday gift (bought here) for Indigo last April.
My hanami fairy!