For The Love Of Legends and Wood Sprites

Hello Everyone! I am more than excited to show you my creation for this super cool blog tour.  So before I get ahead of myself and start showing off, welcome to the For The Love Of Legends Blog Tour!


I try to participate is as much of CraftingCon as I can every year so when I had the chance to sign up for this blog tour I literally jumped for joy.   The love of legend colors our childhood and for many of us rolls into adulthood.  I remember trying to pronounce abominable snowman or chasing lighting bugs and pretending they were fairies.  The leprechaun at the end of the rainbow was always just out of reach and I spent so much time underwater hoping for a glimpse of a mermaid. As an adult, I can’t change the channel away from an episode of Chasing Bigfoot and I can get caught in hours of internet surfing at the sighting of a giant squid or a possible mermaid. Legends are fun and so I have decided to participate in the love of legends.

Now to be absolutely honest, I owe this inspiration to Alyssa over at Keep Calm and Carrion. I definitely reached out to her in a panic because I couldn’t narrow anything down.  She suggested a wood sprite or fairy and I instantly knew that it was the perfect choice.  There is a poem by Robert Frost called The Road Not Taken that has been a major inspiration to my life.  I love making the less popular choice and striving to achieve more than I was tasked.  I walked my own path and I hope my children do the same.  And that makes all of the difference….

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Now we live in Washington state and it is home to some of the most spectacular forests and scenery anyone has ever seen.  But instead of driving her to the woods like I originally planned, she asked to take the pictures in front of her school.  We live in an extremely urban area and so parent volunteers and some like minded students began working on creating gardens around the school.  Both Bubba and Bug are heavily involved and love watching their creations grow.  So she really is a wood sprite for these plants.  And she loves finding the first flowers to bloom and seeing all of the spring growth.

The wood sprite is a spirit that lives in the woods and protects them at all costs.  There are many different adaptations, some cool and some creepy, and of course there is the familiar version from the famed movie Avatar.  Bug’s dress is made of some cool earthy looking fabrics I found in the bottom of my stash (they are probably from Walmart, let’s be honest) and I think it fit the scene perfectly.

For the bodice of her dress, I used the top of the Bateau Garden Dress by Winter Wear Designs.  I just love this dress so much and I think the bodice has such a classic shape on her. I am also a big fan of the side zipper. It doesn’t seem to bother her as much and it is easy to hide when my zipper skills are out for lunch.

For the bottom of the dress, I wish I had been more intuitive and taken photos during the process but I will try to explain it as best as I can.  First things first, the idea was completely copied from the Tinkerbell dress by Made for Mermaids. I love the princess collection, they are genius!  But alas my big girl was bigger than the biggest size so I couldn’t just use the pattern.  I basically cut out giant squares and used the top of the circle skirt from the Bateau to create a waist.  I had to use the box pleats from the Bateau to ensure that it would fit on my bodice.  With a little finagling and some creativity my sprite was born.  I thought about hemming my handkerchief edges but the dress was already a little short for her so I whipped up a pair of boy shorts from the Bonny Leggings pattern which always gives me such a great fit.  And then she could just play!

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Thank you so much for stopping by!  Leave me a comment and let me know what legend is your favorite or share your favorite poem.  I can’t thank our hosts and sponsors enough! So enter to win the awesome prizes and show them some love!  There is a rafflecopter and a Link-up so you can show off your legend-wear!  Also check out the other amazing bloggers on this tour! It is only day one so lots more legends to love!  See you soon!

For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters
The Wholesome MamaSkirt FixationAmazing Adventures Of Bubba and BugBella Sunshine DesignsFrom-a-Box
Wild + WanderfulThe Fairy Dust BinGYCT DesignsThe Kisses Co.Call Ajaire
Handmade BoyMae & Kcreate3.5Pear Berry LaneSewing Mama RaeAnna
The Inspired WrenRebel & MaliceSew StarlyXO JessicaFalafel and the Bee
PenSeb&RoxKnot Sew NormalBeatnik KidsLulu & CelesteSwoodson SaysFriends Stitched Together

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Momma Quail Patterns: 1 Pattern of Choice*
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Sewing Mamma RaeAnna: 1 Pattern of Choice*
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Knot Sew Normal: 1 Pattern of choice*

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19 thoughts on “For The Love Of Legends and Wood Sprites

  1. So lovely Essence! I really enjoyed reading about the inspiration for this outfit and your mods! Road not taken was and still is one of my absolute favorite poems 🙂


  2. I’ve always loved the trickster tales that involve the cunning coyote. There was an amazing librarian at my elementary school that spun the most beautiful tales around coyote and his mischevious ways!


  3. This is such a beautiful and creative piece! If I saw that fabric I would have no idea what to make with it, but this truly is perfect. It is like the fabric was meant for this exact project! I love the way the skirts drape and that you made the shorts underneath so your little sprite can play freely, and worry-free. And letting her pick a setting she felt connected and comfortable with. You did a great job photographing! Sorry for the novel, but I really loved reading this post.


  4. Beautiful work!

    “I grow old … I grow old …
    I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

    Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
    I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
    I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.”

    -T.S. Eliot “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

    One of my favorites 🙂


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