As I've already mentioned our village carnival is coming up and our local school is taking part, so lots of the mums have been busily crafting and creating all manor of costumes. My contribution was to make fairy costumes. These are actually pretty simple to make, but they look really effective, so thought I'd share them with the world!
Fairy skirts first
This is what we are aiming for! Firstly get a length of elastic, long enough to go round the waist of the would-be-fairy, and knot the ends together to make a big circle. Next work out how long you want the skirt to be. You will need to cut strips of net double this measurement, and about an inch or 2 in width. I've used coloured net which was bought ready-cut from our local scrapstore, but I think this would look equally good with just white netting.
Fold each strip in half, and lay it under the elastic waistband. Take the tail of the strip and pass it through the loop in the top of the strip so that it creates a knot around the elastic. I should've taken a photo at this point but was rushing to get it done. Have a look at this next photo which will hopefully help.
Continue knotting the net strips around the elastic until you've covered the whole of the elastic. Try on the skirt and adjust the elastic as necessary.
You can also create a matching headband by plaiting long strands of the same net and knotting the two ends together. Just like this one.
Along with a white t-shirt and a pair of leggings for modesty purposes, the main part of the costume is complete. Tomorrow I'll take some photos of the wings I made and add them to this blog. Hope this made some sense, would love to hear from you if you make these.