My daughter has been asking to go to ballet class for the last few months, but I've been hesitant. Visions of buns and strict dance teachers and drama and pink frills (literally) danced in my head. As a compromise I finally decided to put both kids 'creative dance.' We got to our first class a bit early, and a I realized the class before ours was beginning ballet. No less than a dozen tiny toddlers in leotards and frilly skirts walked by us as we waited. Amaani looked at me and asked "Mama, where's my skirt?"
A few hours later I got an inquiry about doing a post for Disney's newest Tinker Bell movie-- The Pirate Fairy- and one of the themes was "nurturing your children's talents." It made me think... I always thought that my little girl would be nerdy and bookish like me, that we'd spend our time building with legos and perfecting our marble runs. She does all that and more... so shouldn't I embrace her pink? After she went to bed, I got to sewing. And when she woke up the next morning, she had a pink tutu waiting for her.
I used about 2 yards of tulle, and elastic the size of my daughters waist. I created a pattern using Dana's tutorial above, and cut out 4 "donuts" out of the tulle.
Then just slap some elastic around the waist and omit the hem. It was finished in less than an hour.
After I showed it to her we did our hair...
You can learn more about The Pirate Fairy on the Disney Fairies Facebook Page! You can also own it on Blu-ray and DVD on April 1st (order here). Maybe it will inspire you too :