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Date: 10/30/12 6:52 PM

I made some ambitious fairy wings for baby girl's Tinkerbell costume. I followed the method for a McCalls pattern of stitching organza together, creating a channel and sliding some craftwire through to give it shape. All fine. however, the wings that came with the pattern weren't Tinkerbell enough for me, so of course I had to "improve" them. They look lovely, but they're really big and I haven't settled on how to attach them to the dress.

The McCalls pattern uses Velcro, but I made a really lovely little dress of silk and I'm loathe to attach Velcro to it. What about buttons? I have some shiny white shell ones that don't look bad on the wings. Four buttons on the back of the dress won't destroy it and I think will be a nicer solution than Velcro. This is my first set of wings, so any last minute thoughts are appreciated!

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Date: 10/30/12 7:37 PM

When I was making my grand daughter a fairy outfit I looked at the instructions and went to Joanns instead and bought wings. I velcroed them to the back of the jacket but they came with two loops of elastic to go over the arms to hold in place. My concern was the patience level of a 2 year old for having elastic around her arms.
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Date: 10/30/12 7:39 PM

I think I checked the right pattern. How about a little backpack type harness whatchamajigger?

Use a heavily interfaced rectangle of the silk scraps that you can sew the wings on. Arrange and attach ribbon to go over the shoulders and cross in a v to go with the lines of the little over jacket. Have the over the shoulder ribbons meet up with another ribbon that attaches to the bottom of the wing assembly and wraps to the front at the seamed waist point of the over jacket.

It would be like having the wings attached to a very open ribbon vest with the ribbons following the lines of the dress.

I use plastic canvas mesh often for challenging projects. if you take this approach and are concerned that regular interfacing will not support the wings consider leaving a pocket that will let you slip in a piece of the plastic canvas mesh.

I would love to see your little Tinker Bell at our door. Hubbie will not be home tomorrow and I have already had invitations to avoid trick or treaters. 3 or 4 of us answer our doors each year. All of the other houses are dark. I wouldn't dream of abandoning our little handful of neighborhood children. If for nothing else other than having more lights on. We both want to take the opportunity to pass on the good memories we had from our trick or treating years.

I understand not wanting to deal with hoards of youngsters caravaned into a neighborhood but we consistently have the same dozen or less. I'm staying home with all the lights blazing to help light the way.

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Date: 10/30/12 7:52 PM

Ribbon might look nice on the front if I had some that matched. Our car is having problems, so between that and the hurricane, I'm limited in terms of supply runs. I'm not using the McCalls pattern, I just bought it to see how they constructed the wings. I'm using the Oliver and S Fairy Tale dress for the dress, it's quite plain on the front, rather than the Disney look. I'm hoping to maintain a simple aesthetic. Still, I might see if I can find some ribbon somewhere that might work....

If I can't think of anything else, I suppose there's always safety pins!

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Date: 10/30/12 7:55 PM

Trick or treating isn't how I remember either in many places. We live in the city and not in a good neighborhood, but there are a few neighborhoods that essentially throw huge street parties. We love a block party in Philly! It's lots of fun. Many of the people there have grown children, but still go all out for the kids. I'm sure a few houses abstain, but so many get in the spirit that you wouldn't notice. We see lots of friends and have a great time.

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Date: 10/30/12 8:44 PM

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I went to Joann and bought wings. ... they came with two loops of elastic to go over the arms to hold in place.

Honestly, you can't get any easier than this. It's simple, they stay snugly in place, it's comfortable (since you're making it, you can adjust the length of the elastic for your DD), and is basically invisible (no bulky/obnoxious rigging to ruin the lines of the costume). With ribbon, you'll be adjusting and readjusting all night long.

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Date: 10/30/12 9:33 PM

I assume you mean mccalls 4887, I made that about a year and a half ago and ended up really disliking the wing construction method :)
The recommendation is to put the hook side of the velcro on the vest, so theoretically it won't scratch up the vest, it seemed to work pretty well. It was nice to be able to de-wing the fairy very rapidly in a couple of situations. I toyed with the idea of making elasticated arm straps like you see on store-bought wings but ended up doing the velcro method because I didn't want to scrunch up the vest around the arms.
Best of luck to you, stay safe!

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Date: 10/30/12 10:16 PM

Sorry, I didn't think to look at your location. We used to live in Palmer, between Easton and Allentown. 70 mile per winds! I bet everything is a mess.

Do you have anything that you can use to make bias tape 'ribbon'?

Such a pretty little dress (checked the Oliver and S site). I can see why you would not want to put Velcro on it.
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Just looked back at the Oliver and S site. And had an idea. Would it be possible to attach the wings to a knit undershirt and leave the back of the dress unzipped to let the wings 'out' and just use a hook and eye at the top of the dress?
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