I think little girls have a keen sense of smell. For instance, I’m certain my daughters can sniff out a tutu from 50 feet away.
Evidence. At an art fair this weekend my daughters found a stall I can best describe as the nerve center of frou frou. My girly girls melted at the site of princess hats, tutus with floating flower petals, sparkly fairy wands, and poofy headbands. It was an explosion of tulle, ribbons, and glitter.
My girls were hooked and they begged for frilly tutu dresses. Sure, they were darling, but I cannot justify $80 for frou frou. Oh, and not just $80–they each needed a dress so my total would be $160. Sorry cuties, no dice.
The good news is that my mom taught me how to sew. Thanks, mama! I promised to sew the girls their very own fancy dancy tutu dresses.
For $2 and 1.5 hours I made my daughter a comfortable, glittery tutu dress worthy of impressing the preschool crowd.
I found blue glitter tulle remnants at a fabric store for $2. It matched a tank top my daughter had in her closet–perfect! Then I dug through my closet and found an old tank top that I didn’t mind cutting up. I sacrificed it for the cause.
I didn’t use a pattern, but I did loosely follow this tutu t-shirt tutorial on Joy’s Hope blog. I gathered and sewed my cut tank top to the outside of her tank top. Tulle can sometimes be scratchy and I thought it would be nice to have a soft skirt under the tutu. I gathered and sewed the tulle over the new tank dress.
I have a happy preschooler and sometime this week I’ll find some time to make a fancy dancy dress for my toddler.
I do regret one thing. I should not have bought the glitter tulle. The magical tutu dress glitter-bombed our house, couch, car, kitchen floor, cats. Stay away from glitter. That is all.