What child at some point in their life doesn't wish that they could FLY!!! I know it was always a dream of mine. My kiddos love wings (yep, all three of them, boys included), but I have found that the ones at the store last about a day in our house - or more like an hour. The flimsy frames and mesh fabric simply can't hold up to the wearing of my active children. So I have to say I was super excited to see these Butterfly Wings from Wife Made show up in my news feed. And even more excited when Marnie said that she would sew them up for the blog.
According to Marnie - these are a pretty quick sew......hmmmm, think I can fit in one more sew to my to do list before Christmas Day????
Hello, it’s Marnie here and I cannot believe that it is now only one week until the big fella (Aussie slang for male) stuffs himself into our make believe chimney to leave presents for the sleeping children. My kids are down to the final few chocolates on their advent calendar and holiday sewing is going on in earnest every night as I madly sew presents for loved ones. Today I am going to be sharing a fabulous pattern that is so much faster to sew than it looks - and one that will bring a smile to any girls face were she to unwrap them on Christmas morning.
These butterfly wings are the genius of the lovely Xanthe from Wife-Made. Xanthe has been an active blogger/hand-made seller for some time and many of us in Australia have been silently (and not so silently) stalking her blog and facebook page for some time waiting for this pattern to be released. These handmade butterfly wings are one of the most delightful things I have ever sewn for my daughter.
The wings sewed up so much faster than I was expecting, and were far easier than I thought they would be. I was expecting a bag-like experience (I am not great at sewing bags, all that fighting with my machine to sew with the heavy interfacings etc) and was pleasantly surprised by how simple it was to sew the wings. I think it took me longer to decide which fabrics to use and to prepare all the fabric than it did to sew.
Naturally once the wings were sewn, I needed a matching dress and pulled out a new release pattern from Violette Field Threads - The Girls Harlow dress to sew up, as I have been looking for an excuse to sew it. I have been after a simple pattern like this for sometime with a fitted bodice, a pleated skirt and sleeves, so was really happy to give it a go. I sized Zoe up to the next size as she is right in between sizes at the moment and in the middle of a growth spurt and I am really happy with the fit. This pattern will be getting plenty of use in this house.
So if you are still looking for that last minute hand-made gift that can be sewn and will be absolutely adored on Christmas morning, try the try the Wife-Made Butterfly Wings. They can be purchased via etsy here. When I asked Zoe if she loved them - her response was - I love them this much stretching her arms out wide! Give them a go, you will love them!!