What do you think of when some one mentions Strictly Come Dancing? First thing that springs to my mind is glitter, sparkles and colour! The dresses are the best bit of the show for me, and when I was given this opportunity I knew what I was going to do.
I headed straight to my local haberdashery store Hansons in Sturminster Newton, Kirsty Allsopp has been seen here a few times shopping too! Hansons is really popular around here, Ive spoke to people in the que that have come from as far away as Cardiff to buy supplies, there is just such an amazing range.
I knew I wanted some thing to sparkle, some thing colourful and I just had to have some feathers! Once I had collected my haul of goodies and paid (to see what fun I had in the shop go view my google+ album here). Once paid, I headed back home and fired up my Janome sewing machine ready to bring some glamour to our home.
First thing, was to get every thing ready:
- sewing machine
- elastic for waist band
- netting in various rainbow colours
- sequin style lycra fabric
- some imagination
I did not have a plan, I had no instructions, I just created this from my mind. I could picture it so kind of just winged it. But I am really impressed by how it turned out. This is what I did:
- I measured the girls waist, and cut some elastic to size and sewed the ends to make a circle for the tutu, stretch it a little when measuring.
- I did the same with the silver fabric, and sewed it up like a boob tube. With this fabric you do not need to worry about hemming etc just cut between the mirrored circles for straight lines.
- I then attached the fringe to the top of the boob tube and cut 2 long rectangle to create a halter neck tie.
- For the tutu, I just cut the netting into lots of pieces about 6cm wide by 30cm long and just simply tied them around the elastic.
- For the head band, I just used some scraps of silver fabric, no hemming again. Just measured against the girls head, and pushed a feather in.
This is the finished costume, do you think it is very Strictly Come Dancing? It took me about an hour for each costume, the girls loved them and were twirling around the lounge for the rest of the day. Its been a perfect way to involve the girls into the glamour of Strictly Come Dancing in a fun way. Its our local carnival this weekend, maybe they will wear them and bring the glitz and sparkle of the TV show to our town.
My girls had so much fun dancing around in their very own Strictly Come Dancing style costumes. I am glad the netting was kind of itchy, or I am sure Harriet would have tried to wear the costume to bed too!