Given my daughter's exposure to my dresses (both vintage and home-sewn) it's only natural that Penelope has become incredibly vocal about what she wears. I wear jeans all the time but she won't touch them. She's incredibly picky about her school outfits and if she doesn't like something I've bought, she *won't* wear it. Given this stubbornness, there's only a short list of Halloween costumes she'll approve.
Up until a couple weeks ago, she wanted me to make her another Rapunzel costume (yes, she still wears this one). Simplicity came out with a Disney-sanction Rapunzel pattern this year and THAT'S THE ONE SHE WANTED. Making princess costumes for around-the-house wear is something I'll get behind. For Halloween, I just have to make something a bit more unique.
While we were shopping for birthday party supplies, she wandered over to the cheap wall-o-costumes display and pointed to a flamenco dancer costume. "I want to be that." Given how she loves to dance and how I actually love flamenco dresses, I felt comfortable with that choice. So flamenco dancer it was.
So, I found a simple enough pattern (and modest) and headed to Jo Ann's to shop for red polka dotted fabric. It was there — shopping with Pen — that I realized that every time she spoke about her flamenco costume, she called it a "flamingo dancer." I'd correct her and she's say it again. She was adamant that she was right and I didn't have the energy to argue with her. So that's when the idea of a flamingo dancer costume was born.
The headpiece was quite simple to pull together. It's a flamingo head that I made from stitched felt, stuffing and a floral wire mounted to a headband. Using a glue gun, I glued part of a pink boa on top of the head band.
Frankly I was amazed that she liked the head piece. She's very particular about being "accurate" and none of the photos of flamenco dancer she's seen have ever had anything like this on the top of their heads.
But she did seem to love it!