Samantha is a Tinker Bell fan, even when she was a little girl. Everything and anything to do with Tinker Bell is great. Even worse… She’s got the same character as Tinker Bell as well!
I think therefore that we do not need to further explain how strong her desire is to finally get to meet Tinker Bell in person. In our previous visit to Disney World that was not yet possible. But now, to the joy of Samantha (and Geordi, because he secretly thinks it’s very nice as well!), it is possible.
Besides this meet and greet wish, she would actually very much like to have a Tinkerbell dress. And or course, Mom will make it…
Well to be honest, she first had no idea how she should go about it. Worse … Miriam actually asked Samantha whether she might not prefer a dress from the Disney store. But no, she could not escape: she HAD to make one!
For 10 year-old girls, there are no ready-made Tinker Bell patterns for sale. So Miriam had to make up and draw one herself. To be honest, she eventually took the Cinderella pattern to hand, and simply started drawing and cutting (in plain unbleached cotton). When it was as desired, she could go on to cut the parts from the real fabric.
At the fabric market, she found a beautiful soft silk satin in an apple green color. Even if you’d expect otherwise, the fabric was nice to handle. In her head, Miriam already had some ideas about how it had to be. And while making the dress she took some ideas and adjusted them a little bit.
Now making the wings was another challenge. They had to be lightweight, easy to take along and not with elastic bands for the arms. Eventually she made them from laminating sheets which in turn were covered with a layer of organza and a top coat of Angelina fiber for extra impact.
It was a *Censored* job to make them and halfway through her machine gave up as well. Not because of the wings the wings … but because the transformer blew.
The intention was that my machine would go “on holiday” when we ourselves went as well, but the broken transformer threw a spanner in the works. But it now runs like a charm again!
Shoes are also very important to complete the outfit. Just a pair of cheap shoes at Primark and pimped them Tink’s style.
The kids already call her Fairy Mary …
And before going to meet Tinkerbell in these clothes, Samantha will first visit the BibbidiBobbidi Boutique. But she does not know yet…
For Geordi I had already made a Bobble suit. He still thinks it is great. He still fits this very well, so he had no need for a new suit. Just… he too wanted to have wings! *Gulp* … is not that weird, a boy with wings on his back? But no Geordi was adamant: the real Bobble has wings too.
On the picture you’ll see who won …
What Geordi does not know yet is that he will pay a visit to ‘The Pirates League“. Here he will be changed into a real pirate. We debated whether we would let Samantha join. But she’ll have a Crown package in the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Geordi can go there too, but spikes in his hair, with Disney confetti over it, is not quite in proportion. So we decided that ‘the League Pirates’ for this once will be just Geordi!
Especially for this occasion I also have made this t-shirt.
And now… we really want to take it a bit easier . We can at least try, can’t we…?
4 responses so far ↓
1 Kathy // Jul 9, 2010 at 21:07
When you get ready to head home, just leave all the kids clothes in Orlando and I’ll take them off your hands — next best thing since you won’t let me borrow your wife.
Trip is just around the corner and I can’t wait to hear all about it. I just told my grandkids today that we were going in August, they are so excited. The 6 year old wanted to know if he could pack tonight.
2 FPeeters // Jul 9, 2010 at 23:07
Sorry, my wife doesn’t allow herself to be borrowed, and I am sure I will not be able to convince the kids to leave their dress-up clothes behind!
3 MattRob (Robert-Jan) // Jul 10, 2010 at 03:07
Jemig, wat knap zeg ! Dat moet een flinke klus geweest zijn, maar blije kinderen, dat is waar het om gaat. Maar heel creatief hoor 😉 !
4 Tinnetam (Patrice) // Jul 10, 2010 at 09:07
Leuk, leuker, leukst !!!!!!!!
Wat ontzettend creatief en knap. Ik weet zeker dat Tink helemaal in haar nopjes zal zijn met jullie bezoek.