A New Dress for the Christmas Fairy

Christmas FairyWe have a fairy on the top of our Christmas tree, apparently according to tradition it should be a star as our first born was a boy, but I like fairies, so that’s what we’ve got!

Our fairy was beginning to look a bit sorry for herself, one wing had fallen off ( a feather!) and she was generally looking a bit tired. I decided last night to try and make her a new outfit for Christmas!

Christmas FairyI started by removing the current dress and any lumps of glue around her chest. I was left with a plastic cone to support the skirt and pipe-cleaner arms. I found some scraps of gold brocade and a pretty tulle embroidered with gold and decorated with little mirror beads.

Christmas Fairy

I cut a length of the brocade, stitched and zig-zagged a seam and then hemmed it. I gathered it by hand and attached it just below the bodice of the fairy. The overskirt was a little more tricky just because it frayed so easily, in the end I cut it so the hem was on the selvage and I just turned it under once. Again I  hand gathered the top and stitched it under the bodice. A folded length wrapped round  started the bodice and covered the top of the skirts.

Christmas Fairy

I used a piece if the brocade to make some sleeves, I hemmed the bottom edge by hand as it’s so small, the top edge was just cut to the right length as it’s held in place with the bodice.

The bodice is made from two short lengths of ribbon, it’s quite a coarse ribbon with a gold stripe down the middle, by folding it along one side of the stripe I could get a nice edge to it. I simply placed it firmly down each side, crossing over front and back and stitched it in place.

Christmas FairyMy favourite bit is the beads on the skirt, that was a bit of inspiration if I say so myself!! I  was looking in the ribbon box for a waist band when this beaded trim fell out, it was a piece left over from when I made a silk scarf. The beads are cream and gold, they hang at intervals from a ribbon. It was perfect, not only did my fairy have a ribbon for her waistband, she also had lots of beaded tassels over her skirt! I just wrapped it around her twice, covering the top of the skirt and the ribbon of the bodice, and stitched it down at the back. I found a tiny sparkly buckle which just finished the bodice.

A fairy is not complete without a set of wings. I found a length of wired sparkly gold tulle ribbon with stars on it. I gathered it like a bow, left some long tails and stitched it to her back with a sparkly button.

I think she’ll look lovely on the top of our tree 🙂

I’m linking up with Kathy on Slow Stitching Sunday and Super Mom No Cape for Vintage Embroidery Monday, why not have a look what everyone else has been up to.

Christmas Fairy

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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13 Responses to A New Dress for the Christmas Fairy

  1. sewingbutterfly says:

    She looks gorgeous! Excellent work!


  2. Carla says:

    She looks gorgeous


  3. This was such a fun post! She’s like new again; love her!


  4. Donna M says:

    You did an awesome job of refurbishing your Christmas fairy. She is lovely.


  5. springystitches says:

    Lovely job! 🙂


  6. OH my goodness… so beautiful and sparkly and magical… love it!


  7. Christine B. says:

    Your fairy looks beautiful! You have made such a great job of redressing her! Christine x


  8. tiffstitch says:

    That’s so awesome that you gave her a new outfit and some love instead of buying something new.


  9. Your redone Christmas fairy turned out beautiful. You’ve reminded me that I need to do something about our angel tree topper.

    Thanks for linking up to last week’s Stitchery Link Party.


  10. amcclure2014 says:

    Great job! She’s beautiful. I love the beads on the skirt. I don’t have any boys, just girls – when I was young we had a fairy but when we got it own tree, we bought an angel well really am angel/fairy.


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