Hot! The “Just Wing It” Wings

The Facts
Fabric: Spare tulle lying around the house
Pattern: none
Notions: Flowers, blanket binding, glue gun
Year: Timeless
Time to complete: About 2 hours
First worn: October 2012
Wear again? Not likely

Before any of you think I actually sewed something substantial and made the dress, I ONLY MADE THE WINGS. But I did sew them, and that’s what this site is all about. As part of the Halloween fair for Penelope’s school, Pen and I volunteered as ticket-taking fairies.

The school was going to provide me with my costume but since I just had to have something I made myself (even if it was the small details), I started making the wings the morning of the festival. Thankfully, I had Penelope’s fairy wings and this tutorial to use as a model.

Instead of silk, I used tulle. I joined the binding around the neck with stitches so I could easily hot glue flowers all along the neckline. Every place there was binding, I glued flowers or leaves. On the front of the wings, I glue-gunned leaves and flowers directly onto the tulle.

Incidentally, the leaves came from an old fake-flower arrangement I had in my guest bathroom. I’m packing up my house and decided that I’m not bringing it to the next place. So, voila! Instant up-cycling! Penelope got a kick out of the fact that the flowers on my wings came from something that used to be in our bathroom.

So, not a lot a work, overall, but I was happy with the results. The yellow dress was one I had that I wore under my Titanic-era gown. Not a lot of sewing this week, I know. But I’ve got a lot on my plate.

The back view of the wings:

My headpiece (which I also made from leftover flowers and leaves and a couple pipe cleaners).



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. That last photo of you is STUNNING!! Your wings are pretty nifty too and the photo of you and Penelope is adorable. I, too, would giggle at the thought of what was in my bathroom I now get to wear. I just realized that your next post will be post number SEVEN HUNDRED! That, I think, will call for a celebration of some sort : )

  2. wow, you look so beautiful as a fairy!

  3. Your eye makeup is lovely, did you draw the flowers/leaves on the side of your eye?

  4. Very pretty! You two make the loveliest fairies. Yeah, for upcycling!

  5. Oh gorgeous! How sweet and simple – and how lucky to have a legitimate opportunity to dress as a fairy as an adult! You look fantastic.

  6. You look gorgeous Mena! Good luck on your move.

  7. Two pretty fairies.. Great job.. Bet Penelope had fun taking up tickets. She is growing up pretty ,just like her mom..

  8. The cutest ticket taking faeries ever.

  9. That last photo of you is completely stunning – you look incredible!

  10. Looks great! I love your hair this way, btw.

  11. You look so pretty here, Mena! Not that you aren’t pretty other times. :) I love, love the colors. Really stunning. I hope Penelope had a great Halloween!!