Tutu Trauma


Emily's tutu

flowers at the waist

My daughter, Emily, asked to be a Ballerina for her third birthday.

Two sticks and a ball of wool and I’m fine, but a sewing machine? The very though frightens me. The last time I tried to use my rather dated 80s monster I managed to sew through my finger, so, this time I approached it with caution.

Fabric gathered and pieces cut, pattern dancing in my head, I got to work. I have no idea how to adjust the tension for different fabric weights and tend to simply fiddle until it works. About an hour later I had a string of leaves and petals on a slightly heavier fabric.

A folded ribbon was added at the waist, the seams stitched and elastic threaded through the waistband.  Hurray, a tutu!

Wait… I forgot to measure her waist! A sly fitting while she sleeps and phew – it fits! I mean honestly, who forgets to measure first???

I made flowers from several circles of the fabric remnants gathered in the middle and topped with the little ribbon flowers you get from markets. Then added a few strands of Louisa Harding’s ribbon yarn with little bells threaded on.

I’m not going to lie; it wasn’t a piece of cake, but I braved the sewing machine battle and won! I would love to do a little crash course on sewing machines, even if only to be able to use the hand Singer I rescued from the skip. But for now, I think I will stay with my sticks and string!

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About woodlandknitter

Who am I? A Mummy first a foremost to my two children, Toby and Emily. We took the decision to home educate the children after Toby had many problems within state education. Unable to send them to a Steiner school at present we base their education around the Waldorf ethos. This is working out wonderfully so far and we wish we had done it sooner. Secondly I am a fibre obsessive. Knitting, spinning, felting, dyeing or just generally stroking, anything goes. You can usually find us in the woods or up a hill, by the ocean's edge or climbing trees. Follow the little trail of yarn clippings and there we will be, me with some form of fibre in my bag at all times. #118 We try to live a simple, natural and holistic lifestyle, making sure that we connect to nature daily. Fairy tales and seeking out the enchanted in everyday life is a big part of our lives, as is plenty of craft and art. I am a new member of a medieval re-enactment group, the House of the Black Star and have met some amazing people through it. I have much to learn from them. In this blog I hope to inspire and share with you the things which inspire me. Feedback is always enjoyed and appreciated. Comments on my blog are always loved! I hope a little woodland magic makes you happy today! #037 Find me on facebook Ravelry Craftsy Etsy Pinterest
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6 Responses to Tutu Trauma

  1. Welcome to the blogging world, mostly fun…sometimes hurtful…often riddled with techno problems…but so so worth it. Have fun and looking forward to reading about your adventures.

    🙂 xx

  2. Donna says:

    Love the blog and the tutu turned out great!

  3. Love your tutu!! I admire your trial and success~ I know you will enjoy sewing as you go further. Keep practicing and start from a small projects. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes or hurting yourself. You will eventurally get it! 🙂

    Your blog is lovely. Love your tutu story as well as the bird one. Please keep writing and let me know when you need one more reader. I will be so happy to stop by.

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