I don't know why I feel the need to preface today's post with a disclaimer, but I do:
I am not a tutu mom.
I'm just not. I pick out baby clothes that are not especially ruffly, I have weird rules about animal prints for my daughter, and when my little girl was an infant she never had one of those headbands with the enormous flower on top. I like simple onesies and thrift store shorts and organic cotton unisex t-shirts.
But it turns out I have a tutu daughter.
I don't know if I should blame the aunts and grandparents for buying her pinkpinkpink merchandise, if I should rail against the insidious marketing monsters who have convinced my child that we have to read princess books every day, or if I should shrug my shoulders and accept that my sister's genetic predisposition to loving purses, shoes, and statement jewelry pieces have been passed on to my kid. For the last couple of months, I've been choosing the last option.
Whatever the cause, the girl's just fancy.
Fancy little girls need crowns and bright pink clothes and princess figurines that are stored in glittery purses. And tutus.
So when I saw the book A Tutu for Every Occasion, I said a silent prayer of thanks that we made it 2 whole years without a tutu in the house and checked the shopping list for the Patriotic Tutu in time for Memorial Day next week. I decided to skip the Patriotic Headband because my little creature has mixed feelings about headbands, and I also decided that rhinestones on the felt stars might still pose too much of a choking threat at this stage in the game.
Other than that, I made the tutu following the directions exactly. I don't know if my sweet girl will wear this on Memorial Day or if she's going to wear it every day forever. It's looking like it might be the latter. But I liked the themes in A Tutu For Every Occasion, and I appreciated the clear instructions.
|It's pretty great for $20 of supplies and 30 minutes of work!|
And I must say, she looks so darn cute in her patriotic tutu. She was absolutely delighted to see it when she woke up from her nap and immediately had to wear it all night. She was more than willing to put it on again for a few more pictures the next day.
If I could offer any advice about this quick little project, it would be to buy tulle. Just tulle. Not glitter tulle as the instructions call for. Because glitter tulle sheds more glitter than I could have ever thought to dread. And every time the tulle moves, glitter falls like a gentle snow.
I put the tutu on a two-year-old, though, and the glitter blizzard has not been kind to our carpet. Still, our lovely little American enjoys her new 'skirt' and I had fun making it. I think she'll get a lot of wear out of it this summer.
It's almost enough to make me think about making the Princess Ensemble.....