Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ella's Water for Elephants Circus dress

I finished reading 'Water for Elephants' about 2 days before Mr.Cole announced that the circus was in town and that we were going!

The kids were so excited about going to the circus.
I was so excited to make new clothes!
I had been eying these Circus fabrics by M'liss at Hancock's for several months, but just couldn't justify spending money on them.

So, when Mr. Cole announced the tickets- I quickly announced a trip to the store.
He knew it was the fabric store...

Ella had different ideas about her circus outfit, but I had already decided that it was going to be elephant themed. I like elephants for Boo's anyways. Ella elephant!

She wasn't convinced, but I went ahead with it anyways and she ended up loving it.

Actually, I think it went something like, "Well, I'll make the dress and if you don't like it, I'll give it to some other little girl who is grateful and take her to the circus instead of you...." Yeah... she loved it.
I know. I'm so mean.

But I just knew how this dress had to be.

I used the Darla Jumper by Kati Cupcake for the top bodice, reversing the way the straps went on- because I hate those D-rings, but I like buttons! I used the Portabello Pixie Claire on the bottom portion of the dress. The apron had to have an elephant applique, so I used the one from Designs by Juju. This is the third time I've used that applique for the circus. I guess I like it. I especially like this outfit I made for Hailey to go to the circus.

We went a little more dramatic with Ella's headpiece. She had it in her mind that the elephant needed a feather like in the fabric.

So, we ran to Hobby Lobby and got a huge purple feather.
Practical... no.... but adorable, yes.'s the circus. We can be over-the-top, right?

No. I won't be borrowing this one... except when no one's looking.
It is awfully fun to wear.

Ella got plenty of looks at the circus that ranged from "how cute" to "I want that, Mommy" to "what the hell is that kid wearing on her head?"

The highlight, to me, though was when the ringmaster himself came over to inspect her dress and tell me how cute it was. "That in all his time with the circus, he had never seen anything so cute."

Yes. A man said that.
I was beaming with pride.
Somehow, compliments about my sewing skills from a huge, older, (slightly scary-looking) foreign, circus ringmaster mean more.

Of course, he said all the kids looked adorable, but he made a point of calling over some co-workers to give Ella's a look.

It was neat.


kendascrafts said...

Those outfits are adorable! I love the special outfits for special occasions.

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Her hair thing is amazing! Great job.

Ashley said...

ahh its DARLING!!!! i love IT:) the head piece is awesome! NICE job:)

BConky said...

Love the whole shabang. The head piece is so over the top it's perfect for Ella.

beth said...

Lady, you have got some mad "gluing crap on a piece of felt" skills! Those are darling outfits. All of them.

Goosegirl said...

I love it! And Nicole, you crack me up! Ahnalin and I have conversations JUST LIKE THAT! heehee!!!! Great outfits and I hope you had fun at the circus!

Aria Sullivan said...

Thanks so much for posting! I love the machine embroidery projects that you can find like the elephant on the apron. Oh, and her hair thing was probably the cutest thing I've seen in a long time. Your creativity is astounding.