There was no way I could let myself get discouraged from this project, however. My little nephew needed a grass dance outfit for his school's powwow. In case you're not familiar with Native American culture, a powwow is a gathering of sorts that involves singing, dancing, and socializing. Contest powwows have Native American dancers competing to win their dance category and sometimes have contests for the drummers/singers as well. Other powwows are more social in nature and the dancing is more for fun. PowWows.com has great information about all of this as well as a calendar of upcoming powwows in case you want to attend one.
Both of my sons were grass dancers, so I am very familiar with the dance and the outfits (or regalia) that go with it. One of the key parts of a grass dance outfit is the fringe....lots and lots and lots of fringe. On the very first outfit I made, I had no help or guidance and tried holding cut fringes of yarn against the fabric as I fed it into the machine. Not only did it clump in spots, but the yarn fell off bit by bit as my son danced....so embarrassing! Fortunately, a dear friend helped me through the process the next time and we were able to create dance outfits my sons could be proud to wear.
|Cape - worn over shirt|
|Apron - worn at waist|
My dear, wonderful, heroic husband cut and tied all the fringe for me (I love you, honey!). Tying each bit of fringe to a long string makes everything stay put when you go to sew it. Then I sandwiched the fringe between the front and back of the cape and apron to sew it. It's not terribly fancy, but I like it. I hope my nephew does, too. He loves turtles....in case you couldn't tell from the pattern on the fabric.