Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tiny Tinkerbell

I love my shy little girl.

Miss C. opened up her Tinkerbell costume on Christmas morning and was so overwhelmed by her excitement that she quickly shoved it back into the box and turned away in shyness.

I wasn't too worried; just a few moments earlier she had run away and buried her face in the couch when she opened her gift from her buddy Darth Vader. (Believe it or not, he's a pretty thoughtful guy. Somehow he knew just how much she'd like a lightsaber of her own.)

I spent the rest of the morning watching my little Tinkerbell bounce around the house in her pretty green costume, her earlier shyness forgotten in the excitement of Christmas. I love that something I made with my hands can bring such joy to my little girl.

And I love that I can feel such pride in how it turned out. I really stepped outside of my comfort zone on the project, mastering new techniques like the rolled hem feature on my serger and creating an enclosed elastic panel on the belt.

Our trip to Disneyland is just a few short weeks away. First on the agenda is picking up an official pair of Tinkerbell wings. Then we're off to Pixie Hollow so Miss C. can meet Tinkerbell and show off her pretty costume. I'm already excited!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Tinkerbell: A Sneak Peek

Back in November, Miss C. and I were video chatting with my best girlfriend and her little girl, Miss K. They had just returned from a trip to Disneyland and the girls spent the morning chatting online about Miss K.'s adventure.

They talked about Miss K.'s favorite rides, which princesses she met and her favorite parts of the trip. But the big topic of discussion between our 3.5-year-old girls was Miss K.'s Jesse costume. She had dressed up as Jesse for Halloween and wore again at Disneyland. You can imagine just how excited she was when she got to meet and have her photo taken with her heroine.

We got offline and Miss C. says to me, "Mama, when we go to Disneyland what costume and I going to wear?"

I asked her if she'd like me to make a costume for her and her eyes got a little wide when she said, "Yeah!"

A few weeks later, we found ourselves flipping through pattern books at JoAnn so she could pick out a Disney costume for our upcoming Disneyland trip. She passed right over the princesses and immediately pointed to the little girl in a Tinkerbell costume. "I want to be Tinkerbell."

Tinkerbell it is, sweetie.

So here go, a little sneak peek at her Tinkerbell costume. What you see is the satin petal skirt, with a sparkly chiffon underskirt and four layers of tulle beneath. With the exception of a little bit of top-stitching, this is the first garment I've sewn using my serger. I love how it makes the inside seams look so neat and tidy, and of course I can't get over the rolled edges on the underskirt and tulle layers. It really gives a professional touch to the entire garment.

I told myself I'd finish it by Christmas so she could open it up on Christmas morning. There are just a few more details left to finish: the hook-and-eye closure at the back, a yellow satin belt and securing the elastic at the waist. It's not meant to be a surprise because I've needed to try it on her several times to check the fit, but I'm okay with that.

The first time she tried it on for a fitting her voice sounded a little breathless when she said, "It's so pretty..." I can only imagine what she'll say on Christmas morning!