I think I work better under a deadline. Which is why I wait so long before starting projects. I've had this fabric for probably three months now. I have known what I wanted to do with it. But there it sat. Just waiting. I told myself I was waiting for inspiration to strike. In all honestly I was just waiting for that "oh crap I've got to get this done" moment to kick in.
So I had this fabric. Then I decided that it wasn't right for what I was going for. So I bought new fabric. And then that sat around. Then I got lazy and decided to order something off of Etsy. Which was amazingly awesome but I ordered the wrong size. Totally and completely my own fault. I should have known better. But in my rush to get it here on time I didn't take into account that I am not a "one size fits most" kind of person. It was more of a "this size fit one side of my bust" kind of a situation. So I himmed and hawed over it and decided to buy a shirt and wear the bottom. Then the blues didn't match and I spent some time yesterday trying to figure out what I was going to do in my head. So I started working on it last night.
I cut out the leaf panels and then lined them with some fray check.
I used fray check mostly because I was being lazy and partly because the fabric was super slippery. I didn't want to spend all day finishing my edges. I love the green fabric even though it was slippy. It has a sparkle too it and a shimmer to it. It actually is very lovely. I draped one of the leaves on to figure out how many were going to fit across my waistline.
Then I started pleating three yards of tulle to get it to the width of the leaves. This was the most frustrating part. I restarted about four times. Twice I over pleated and the the third time I under pleated. The last time I got it close and called it at that.
Look at all those pins!
I really hate pins. I don't know why. I have never liked doing it. But for the sake of my tutu I stuck with it. I laid the tulle over the wrong side of the leaves and then folded over and inch to create the waistband for the elastic. I wiggled in my elastic and it all came together. I am very happy with the way it turned out.
I am so excited to wear it!
Now I just have to find a shirt to match!