I've been getting some questions about the harvest fairy costume I made last year. Actually, I made it a few years ago, but have been getting good mileage out of it. I thought I'd post this with time to get it together for Halloween.
The fairy skirt is very simple. I just took two regular square silks and laid them together like this:
I never measure and rarely pin anything. Just cut a hole, sew in elastic and it's done! By machine it's a ten minute project. By hand under an hour. Well... except that we did also dye them ourselves. I use acid dyes from Dharma trading company. Lots of people use Kool-Aid, which I hear works though have never mustered the courage to make the purchase - or even go into a store that sells that stuff. I bought the 1/2 ounce sizes of cherry red, sun yellow and sky blue 3 years ago. I used these 3 colors to dye all of my play silks, curtains and cheesecloth swags hung from the ceiling and I still have some left.
For this skirt I first mixed the lighter color, which was a little red and a tiny bit of yellow to get the peach. Then in the same bowl I added more red to get the deeper salmon color. Again, I do everything by eye so have no idea of the amounts. And the great thing about this skirt and others we've made is that they're reversible.
My little jack-o-lanterns. She spent most of last year with 7 missing front teeth!
For the top we dyed a tank with the same dye, also from Dharma, and then I let the girls glue on their own silk flowers and leaves as they pleased. I didn't get a great shot of the whole outfit, but you get the gist of it.
Here is our crayon roll. I don't usually do things from patterns or recipes, but just lay it out, use a few pins and sew.
I let the girls each pick out a fabric and they just happened to complement each other. I would've sewed it up no matter what they picked, though.
One side is for block crayons and the other side for stick. This could also easily be made to fit pencils. We use beeswax Stockmar crayons made with natural pigments. Sigi has an excellent dvd on using block crayons that I highly recommend.
The girls share these crayons. I'm not a huge fan in having separate things of the same for the girls. I expect them to share things, and they do. I mean, they each have their own drawing pads of course, but too many things of their own I think encourages selfishness. They most likely will neither become hermits so the sooner they learn to share and cooperate with others the better for them.
The reasoning behind having the crayon roll is that children learn to care for their belongings and learn to respect their things. When we have a big box of crayons that are mostly broken and are looked at as 'disposable' a very different energy is brought to their drawing time. These crayons are pricey but they last for years, we're going on 3 years with this particular set. I try to abstain from any disposable items whenever possible. (Although, on a completely personal note of personal hygiene I'm not ready to take that leap yet, and am still definitely disposable!- more info than you needed i know!) If we go out to eat we often bring this along since even our earthy organic dig we like to eat at gives kids a fresh plastic wrapped set of 4 new crayons. I've left MANY comments in their suggestion box addressing this. I think most people that would eat there would not mind at all if a small basket of used crayons was put on the table.
I feel a little guilty putting these into the 'sewing' category, but I would've sewed them if I was home and had my sewing machine, but since I'm here in Japan and did not pack the machine- I used super glue! I found these bits of vintage kimono fabric at a store in town and thought I'd modern it up a bit. Paired with geta I think it's a good look! If the shoes weren't so uncomfortable I think I'd go for this look myself.
They also have random kimono pieces in their hair.