Tuesday, May 3, 2011

make mine Po Pull

Remember when you were 3 or 4 and your favorite colors were pink and purple...  Over the years. in my experience of raising girls and spending a lot of time around them....  here is what I have learned about color and little girls... and my opinion on how their love of color happens.  Most start out liking pink, because it is basically the only color they make little baby girl clothes in.,.. thus they are dressed in it constantly.  Pink, real pale baby pink is the color of innocence, and it suits very tiny girls perfectly...

Then the toddler clothes start coming in orchid pink, fuschia, rose, blush, and even neon pink...sometimes mixed with brown or black. along with the introduction of lavander and purple....  the most regal of colors.    In medieval England, purple could only be worn by the Queen.  Most girls start to gravitate to purple by about 3 years old, and usually from 3 to 6 it is in the favorite color scheme of most mini divas.  I attribute this to them coming into their feminine power.  Purple is a power color.  A color of confidence.  As a little girl gains her autonomy, and learns she is an individual and not an appendage of mommy, the wardrobe becomes filled with all the shades of the purple family. 

In purchasing the clothing to make a princess wardrobe for my favorite 4 year old, I chose all white and pink fabrics and clothes that could  be dyed if need be.   She was not too interested in the darling pink things I showed her, but she lit up like a Christmas tree when she saw the lavander dress I had made my other niece for her birthday.  "Do you like this dress?" I asked her.  She nodded, he big blue eyes going all round with amazement...  "Do you want me to make you one like this?"  Again another wordless nod...  "What color do you want, pink or purple?"   Wiping her juice moustache off her upper lip, she says  "Po Pull...  Make mine Po Pull too please Auntie., and I want lotsa flowers on it..."

Do I have purple tulle to make it?  Well....  not really, but I will have soon.  With the help of my friends Rit Dye and a pair of BBQ tongs...  Now, on the package of rit dye, it specifically states that nylon and other synthetic fibers will dye lighter, and to test dye a piece first.  I am just too impatiemt... In for a penny in for a pound is my motto... I grabbed everything I had that was white, tulle netting like, and dunked it in the purple dye bath.  Within a minute, it was all a lovely shade of grape purple.  All my synthetic, drab, boring dingy tulle stuff was transformed!



After the success of the tulle, I threw in the cottons and was very pleased with the results.  Now I am off to make the Po Pull Pwincess Dwess for Miss Loo Loo.....  I hope to have it finished for posting tomorrow...

So go grab some Rit dye and get dying....  But be warned...  it is addictive...  You will find yourself scrounging for things to dunk in the dye...  so grab more things than you think you might want to dye to have on hand for throwing in the pot. 

2 comments:

bekaboo said...

Oh how darling!! Love that little tulle tutu!! You are the best auntie ever. And your little niece could not be any cuter!

Awkward Android said...

She is so adorable! The things aunties go through for their nieces