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Tinkerbell Costume Tutorial

Happy almost Halloween everyone! I can't believe how fast this month has flown by. This year Claire wanted to be Tinkerbell. She has been a fairy the past three years for Halloween so I've come to the conclusion she really like fairies! I waited till the last minute to make her a dress thinking she would change her mind (like she usually does) but this year her mind was set! So I'm on my weekly trip to Hobby Lobby and realized I'd better pick up some supplies for her costume. I didn't know exactly how I was going to make it at this point but I knew It needed to have tulle and obviously shiny green material. So I searched online for some inspiration and found some great ideas from herehere and here. This tutorial is going to be split up into two posts since I made the tutu underneath her dress separate. You can view the tutorial for the tutu in this post. Here we go.

You will need:
  • 1 1/2 yards of green polyester satin fabric (more or less depending on the size of your fairy)
  • Matching thread
  • Matching ribbon
  • 1 package of grommets
  • 2-3 spools of tulle like this (I like to get it this way rather than off the bolt.)
  • Elastic
  • Tinkerbell shoes
  • Tinkerbell tutu

tinkerbell costume

First you are going to measure your fairy. Measure around her chest, around her waist, and from the top of her chest (where you want the dress to start) to the bottom (where her waist begins). Then you're going to use those measurements to make the bodice. You are going to add 2"-3" to each measurement and draw it out on your fabric. You're going to cut out 2.

Next I made the straps that go around her neck. You are going to cut out a 3" strip running the length of your fabric. Fold it right sides together and iron it flat. Sew it together using a 3/8" seam allowance.

Turn it right side out.

Then iron it flat. You want to iron the seam so it is in in the center of the strap. Cut it in half so you have two straps.

Turn under the raw edges and sew them closed.

Now back to the bodice. With your fabric marker or pencil mark the center of your bodice at the top. I wanted her straps to be 6" apart so I marked them each 3" from the center.

Now pin your straps in place with the seam of your fabric facing up. That way when the dress is on the girl you won't be able to see the seam. You want to pin them on the right side (shiny side) of the fabric. Sew them on using 1/4" seam. Then you're going to pin your two bodice pieces right sides (shiny sides) together. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of this step. You are only going to sew together the top and the two sides, leaving the bottom open.

Now clip your corners, flip the bodice inside out and iron it flat. Turn under the raw edges at the bottom 1/2" and iron them flat.

Now to make the petals. I already had this petal pattern from another skirt so I used it as a guide. I cut out 6 pieces (front and back to 3 petals) this size and then 8 pieces (4 petals) I cut out a little bigger using the same pattern. My large petals measure 8"wide by 10" long and my small petals measure 7" wide by 8" long. This would be easy to hand draw if you don't have a pattern. 

Cut them out and pin the same size petals right sides together.

Sew around the curved edges of the petal leaving the top straight part open so you can flip them. Flip them right side out, trim the seams and iron flat.

Now you're going to tuck them inside the bottom of the bodice. Start with the 4 large petals on the bottom.

And the 3 smaller ones on top. Pin in place and sew them on.

To close the dress off in the back I used grommets. Just mark where you want your grommets to go and follow the directions on your grommet package. So easy!

Now to make the sash to go around the waist. Make this the same way as we did the straps. Cut a 6" strip running the length of your fabric, fold in half right sides together, iron flat and sew. Flip it right side out, iron flat with your seam in the middle, turn under your raw edges and sew the seams.

Here is a picture of the back of the dress with the grommets. Instead of using ribbon you could make a strap with your fabric using the same method as above I just got lazy at this point and had a million other things to finish so I cheated.

Here is a look at the front without the tutu underneath.

The finished product.

She loves it!! I decorated her shoes using glitter and pom poms but we had issues with the glitter coming off EVERYWHERE. They were cute though. I found some other adorable tinkerbell shoes if you don't want glitter all over your house! =)

Tinkerbell shoes

Tinkerbell hair.

"Peter Pan, where are you!?"

Tutu tutorial coming soon! What are your little sweeties dressing up as for Halloween?

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Annie said...

What a cute tinkerbelle! I love how you added tutu to the dress. My baby was Tinkerbelle last year, wearing a store-bought dress. I could not have made a dress this beautiful.
And thank you for following Peaches and Bees :)

kaybaily said...

Amazing! you are so talented, LeAnn! This is beautiful and your work is so precise!

Amanda @ The Little Giggler said...

I think this is the most beautiful tinkerbelle costume I've ever seen! You did such an awesome job! I'm going to feature this over at The Little Giggler tomorrow. :) Stop by and grab a featured button if you'd like.


Alix said...

That is beautiful! Just found your blog through Sew Country Chick and so glad I did!

Brie said...

Such a beautiful dress. Great tutorial! I might have to try for my little ones b day

LeAnn Sims said...

Thanks Brie!

LeAnn said...

Hi...this is darling! I'm going to make it for my daughter for Halloween, but I have one question...the link for the shoes doesn't work. Can you tell me how you made the shoes please? Thank you so much!

LeAnn said...

Thanks so much! I actually never shared the tutorial for the shoes because the glitter kept falling off. I just used some old plastic shoes that still fit her and sprayed them with spray adhesive and then sprinkled the glitter onto them. I stuffed the inside really well with old newspaper so the glue wouldn't get on the inside. I hot glued the large pompoms to the fronts. I think I may be making this again for my youngest this year and will be experimenting with different glue since a ton of the glitter fell off as she wore these shoes. It wasn't a big deal as we were outside trick or treating but she took them off before we came in the house. Maybe modge podge would work better? Hope that helps!

LeAnn said...

I did not attach the sash to the dress. I just tied it around her waist. Thanks for reading!

LeAnn said...

Thank you so much for this awesome, easy to follow tutorial! Just made this for my daughter for Halloween. It's my first real sewing project and it turned out so beautifully! She absolutely loves it! Thanks again :)

LeAnn said...

I made this costume in literally two days! SO excited! This was my first BIG sewing project. Only difference i made is I added a row of small petals to the top of the big ones along the waist line! Turned out Super Cute. For the shoes I found it on pintrest. Someone used stretch elastic sequins and it worked out perfect for the Tinkerbell shoes. My little Tinkerbell will be so happy when she sees her outfit tomorrow!