Monday, 6 July 2015

Run run as fast as you can....


L's nursery requested a Fox costume for the end of year play. My little girl is cast as the sly red fox from the story of the Gingerbread Man. The call came in for orange trousers and top. Well I am sorry, but that wasn't going to happen! 
For starters, orange is not a colour we tend to buy and it seems, not a lot of shops sell orange trousers anyway. I looked.

Then I remembered a tutorial on the Oliver and S blog from my good pal Brittney, and I went fabric shopping! 

I found just the right shade of orange-brown in the twill section and with the Bubble Dress in mind I bought the offcut for only £3.71. Bargain!

I took my little fox to the local farmyard, where we went hunting for chickens....


We looked in the stable....


We looked in the hen house.....


When suddenly.... cheep cheep!


Ah Ha! 'Come here little chickies, I only want to talk to you'.


(Mrs Chicken was sceptical)


But she flashed her sweetest smile...


After mummy had scurried away to hide her chicks in the straw, L saw another target cute feathered friend to chase after.


He just about escaped with all his plumage intact.... nearly.


But I have to confess, the gingerbread man didn't fare nearly as well. 


Thank you to everyone on Instagram and Flickr who helped me decide on the placement of the eyes. I couldn't make my mind up whether to put them on the brown or white parts. Honestly, this was one of the hardest decisions of my life. You would think naming two children was difficult enough, but this eye dilemma totally had me in a twist.

In the end, I waited until it was sewn up and on her before I could see where to put them. I hand stitched them on because of the bodice lining. A little extra work, but worth the peace of mind.

12 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, I love this so much! Take that nursery!;) And one of my favorite blog posts ever, she is such a cute fox trying to trick those chickens.

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    1. Nursery couldn't believe I had made it! Ha!
      There will be a lot more trips to the farm over the summer so that cockerel had better learn to run fast!

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  2. You made a wise decision!!! This dress is ADORABLE, and that little fox could not be cuter if she tried (I would jokingly call her a baby vixen, but that sounds wrong, huh? even "little fox" sounds kind of bad, but you know what I mean here!! hahahaha)!

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    1. Haha! I know what you are getting at! Thank you!

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  3. Your little fox is just adorable! You did a wonderful job! This dress is a thousand times better than orange trousers. The best part is that your little sweetie will love wearing the dress everyday.

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    1. Thank you, and she does like wearing it! This girl loves her dresses so it won't go to waste.

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  4. So cute. I am glad the fox got her gingerbread man in the end. She looks all worn out from cajoling those chicks. Adorable.

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    1. Thanks Masha! Both girls know that we never end a trip to the farm without going to the bakery.

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  5. Fabulous Katy. She looks super cute, but you know you've just outed yourself as the incredible make anything on demand mum. School's got your number now! :)
    Maybe orange pants would have been easier ;). No, I couldn't have resisted making this dress either

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    1. I fear all of us who sew will get those requests!
      As long as nobody asks me to hem their jeans, then I don't mind!

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  6. This is fantastic!! I think the eyes look great on the brown, good decision!! She looks so cute, I hope the nursery thought so too!

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    1. Thanks Jenna!
      They were very impressed and she looked so cute up there with all the other children.

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