So I picked up a pair of silver sparkly shoes from Target, grabbed my Mod Podge and some green Martha Stewart glitter (thanks to my Package Pal Jenna from Two oh Two Seven – it’s like you knew or something!)
With a seam ripper, I removed the bows. I stuffed plastic bags into the shoes to try to keep as much glitter out as possible. Coating the shoes excluding the straps with Mod Podge, I then sprinkled the glitter on top. Once that coat was dry, I added another layer of Mod Podge to try to seal in the glitter.
For the pom poms, I grabbed a serving fork and some cotton yarn. This yarn was perfect for making fluffy pom poms since the strands separated nicely once the poms were created. I wrapped the yarn around the tines of the fork a bunch of times, and then tied a piece around the middle tying securely.
Hot glue holds the pom poms in place and voila! Tinkerbell’s shoes! I left the straps silver since I didn’t think the glitter would stay on them very well, and I didn’t want them to be a focal part of the shoe as Tinkerbell’s shoes have no strap.
For the costume itself I had initially begun down a different path, using that dance mesh/illusion stuff to try to make sort of a leotard. That mesh is like trying to sew with a wet tissue! I managed to have something reasonable until I went to finish the arm holes and it went south. Then I went and cut part of my fingertip off so I had some time to reassess.
Since I was already focusing on the Secret of the Wings version where Tinkerbell goes to the Winter Woods, I extended the cold weather fairy wear concept to mimic the explorer outfit from The Lost Treasure where she has a shirt under her dress.
I could have made a shirt, but I just bought a white shirt and dyed it. I was all prepared to brag about my custom dye coloring when it looked like the aqua and yellow dyes I mixed were creating the perfect shade of green, but alas, it faded a bit and is much more yellow/lime-y than I had intended.
I made a tube the same dimensions as the midsection of the shirt and then cut the sweetheart neckline and dropping back. Then pin, pin, pin and I topstitched it right onto the shirt with a double row of stitching. I left the bottom raw and unattached to the shirt. A simple elastic waist skirt with the “leaf” edges cut into the hem and you’ve got yourself a cozy Tinkerbell. She’ll wear her dance tights underneath.
For a trip to the Winter Woods aka Michigan, I made a cozy fleece coat. I used the Bubblegum Coat pattern from See Kate Sew for the arms and bodice, extending the front pieces to create a wrap style and adding a hood. Then I bound the triangle cutouts on the hem and around the coat/hood with strips of white fleece and a zig-zag stitch. The cuffs are from a really cuddly fuzzy fleece. A little belt attached at the side seams with some wood-look buttons keeps it closed and completes the look.
I always hated having to cover my cute costumes with a coat at winter, so I like to integrate warm articles into my costumes. So far, so good!