Anyway, she has a few dress that she loves because they have a little tutu arrangement going on, and everyday she wants to wear what she wants to wear (what the??....I'm used to little boys who don't care less what I throw on them....since when do two year olds care about their outfit?)....BUT...it is a tragedy of epic proportions if all of these are already in the wash. So I decided to make her a tutu, going off a simple wrap skirt pattern that I found in one of my sewing books. It was quite easy, involving layers of bridal tulle (ok...so that part wasn't easy.. cutting up and working with bridal tulle), and some grosgrain ribbon. So I measured her up and layered up all the frothy pinkness and sewed over layers of bulky fluff and ribbon....only to discover that it didn't quite fit her....as in the tulle didn't meet up at the back and there was a decent gap for her butt to hang out. Not wanting a 'hospital gown version of a tutu' on my two year old I decided to NOT throw it away in frustration but to instead work with it.
My simple solution? To sew a skirt in beautiful fabric and attach the wrap tutu skirt over it, putting the gap and a nice big pretty bow at the front. I was so pleased with how it turned out and it was something of my own creation. A blend of patterns it may be, but it's a start for perhaps designing a line of ballet inspired clothing....perhaps!
I have also thought, what with all this ballet going on around me, that I might give in and start dancing myself. Some of you may know that I suffer from terrible chronic back pain at night, a result of arthritis in my back (probably a mix of a birth defect...I'm sure of it...and having so many babies so close together)...and I desperately need to strengthen my core muscles. I have recently gone to the podiatrist and now have orthotics in my shoes (as I also have dicky feet!) and hopefully this will help...so I am thinking that once I get used to standing and walking correctly (instead of like a demented duck) and I have had ten dozen remedial massages to untwist the mess that are my back muscles...I might be able to start exercising. Now I hate repetitive exercise (read 'the gym' here) and that sort of thing, it just doesn't float my boat and I can't get motivated to do it. But I thought that if I learnt classical ballet...and I mean really learnt how to do it very technically correct, paying attention to getting it right and not hurting myself...that it should strengthen every underworked muscle in my body...which is an awful lot of muscles...and things might start to improve. I also used to do dance a bit when I was younger and loved it, I was one of those musical theatre types, so what better way to stick with it if it is something I would enjoy? I will keep you posted but I also make a solemn promise. You will never see me in a tutu!