EVERYONE LOVES A LADYBUG!
The Missy went to her first fancy dress party on Saturday and as a CM I found this totally thrilling. OK well not thrilling exactly but it was a good excuse to go fabric shoppping as there was no way I was having my little girl turn up in a highly flamable Disney store dress which everyone else would be wearing! As she is only 2 and I only had a weeks notice a ladybird seemed a quick and comfortable solution. I did ask The Missy what she would like to go as and she replied a Coco Pop! Mmm not sure she fully understood the question.
Make Time: 3 hours
Difficulty level: Medium (easier with a glass of wine nearby!)
Cost: £15 maximum
Great for: Fancy dress parties.
What you need:
3 meters of red net or tulle - 2 - 5 years size
4 meters of red net or tulle - 5 - 10 years size
1.5 meters of black satin ribbon - 4cm wide
1/2 meter of black craft felt
Red t-shirt (long or short sleeve)
Red Cardigan (optional)
Black leggins or tights
2 x black craft pom poms
2 x black hair elastics
- Measure the childs waist. Now add 100cm to the waist measurement and cut the ribbon.
- Tie a knot in the ribbon at 50cm from each end.
- Cut your red tulle or net into meter lengths.
- Flaten out each meter of tulle and roll up into a long tube.
- Once rolled cut the ends to make a straight edge.
- Then measure along 7 cm and cut. Repeat until you come to the end of the roll.
- Repeat this with every meter of tulle so you end up with lots of strips.
- Now depending on the length you want the skirt you may want to cut the strips in half at this point.
- To attach the tulle/net to the ribbon you need to fold each strip in half and loop it onto the ribbon between the knots. I have drawn a terrible diagram as this is impossible to describe!
- start at one knot and work across until you reach the other knot. If you want a seriously flouncy skirt then loop the tulle/net tightly and so you can attach the maximum amount.
- Next cut out 70 circles 3cm in diamter from the black craft felt. I used a napkin ring as a template and maked the circles with a pencil. I then poured a glass of wine and paitently cut out all the circles!
- When you have all you circles cut out glue them onto the skirt, t-shirt and cardigan.
- Finally glue or sew the pom poms onto the hair elastics for little antennae.
I bought the t-shirt & cardigan from Asda for £6 and the black shoes from Sainsburys for £1.50! I already had a pair of black leggins and sox so including the tulle and ribbon the whole outfit only cost £12.50!
This costume can easily be made for a bumble bee by making the skirt with black and yellow tulle/net and gluing black strips of felt onto a yellow t-shirt.
Bye for now.
Bye for now.