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.