Monday, November 2, 2015

Sewing: A Boo Boo to a Woo Hoo with a Tutu

If you are a regular visitor here you may have gathered that ballet features pretty regularly in my household.  Never having been a ballerina myself I find this rather odd, but quite delightful at the same time.  With the countdown to my eldest son's dance concert growing ever closer it's getting all rather exciting, and my little girls obsession with all things satin covered and tutu topped has not waned in the slightest.  It probably doesn't help that I keep making her little ballet outfits.  Anytime I find ballet print fabric I snap it up and worry about what I'm going to do with it later, and so far the only Christmas present shopping I've done (where did the year go??) has involved ordering ballerina dolls.  But seriously, all she does is dance around the house, and two days ago I caught her standing at the 'barre' (the chest of drawers in my bedroom), with her hand placed gracefully on the handle and she was doing plies in first position.  She's TWO for goodness sake.  Where did she learn this??

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!




6 comments:

  1. Girl it sounds like to me you need some yoga in your life. (; I'll be the first to admit I HATE working out. Running? Nope. Sports? Nope. I hated every minute of physical education because I just felt awkward. Working out makes me feel awkward. haha. However, I am very stretchy and I guess I have been my entire life. When I found out I was stretchy, I started doing Yoga. No I didn't pay to go sit in a class full of skinny girls in tight clothes who were amazing at it. Because hello, more awkwardness.... Instead I used the good old, free Youtube to learn a few moves and they have been amazing at keeping my back nice and relaxed. These especially helped when I was pregnant because holy crap back pain. Just a thought. (; You may love it!

    I think it's so cute Imogen loves ballet. I trait I'm sure she picked up from her older brother. This tutu is definitely one of the most beautiful things you've ever crafted. I feel like I wouldn't let Penny wear it. (; I'd like use it for some bizarre home decor. Like it's THAT pretty. haha Yes, I'm weird. xo

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    1. I have done yoga before, I have some great dvd's which I need to drag out again. I am actually in less pain now due to my new orthotics in my shoes making a difference and I also had a brutal remedial massage! Hopefully should be feeling more like stretching soon!
      I'm with you on this tutu...since it took a bit of effort to make...I do feel like hanging it on the wall too!

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  2. I love the Im loves dancing around the house. I second the question, "where has the year gone??"!!! Tulle is a beautiful but difficult fabric to work it! The skirt you made is beautiful and I love the story behind it. Thank goodness you're not for that hospital-gown look!! ;) ;)

    Dancing is a lot of fun, and once you get into the habit of working out you'll totally miss it when you don't. I would have NEVER thought I would miss working out until I went to Holland and didn't find the time to work (after walking ALL OVER the city) out. When I got home I fit one workout in and my back had a mental breakdown. I woke up one night not even able to walk. It was scary, but I think you can relate. I have stopped working out to not set it off again and will very slowly work back into it. BUT I MISS IT. Isn't that crazy??? Get yourself in the habit with something you enjoy and branch out from there. You can do it!! MUCH LOVE!

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    1. I used to do a lot of musical theatre and also sang it lots of choirs and I miss that heaps! Would love to do musicals again but they are so time consuming and there is just no way that I could get Lindsay to watch kids every weekend while I had rehearsals! Maybe when they are older. But, definitely going to dance next year, my back is starting to improve (finally) after getting orthotics in my shoes and having remedial massage.

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  3. Love, love, love your creation! I would totally wear that in an adult version, hehe ;o) x

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