“Plane tree” happy me fairy



Clara Elu Fernandez (Meadows)


Outline the story …

I have loved plants all my life and of course Cicely Mary Barker’s lovely poems just open the mind to thinking about the hidden creatures that embody their favorite; most specific and special plant. The plane tree doesn’t dwell around the beautiful lakes and streams of the valley or mountain, but gives a welcoming smile to those who want an escape from the cement and concrete world. Barker’s vision of the "Plane Tree" is of a male but I have always pictured myself a happy little fairy huddling in the protected leafs of the Plane Tree. And the fall colors of the leaves and prickly seed pods , just spread smiles of yellow, brown, and bronzed green.

Outline the construction…

I have used a simplicity pattern of an Amy Brown fairy for many basic costume constructions before, I decided to give it my more unique touch and change up the leaves and boning placements. The majority of the skirt and corset-bodice top are printed cotton with some additions of sateen for a more organic leaf look. Plus some wood buttons to fasten the front. Each leaf was cut out and zigzagged together separately. With 5 different layers. For the front of the bodice to be open, I placed the boning in the front leaf separately for better structure and to keep the bodice centered.




  1. Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 11, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Oh I am in love with how, in lack of better words, organic this all looks! I’m really weak for this style of costuming

  2. Avatar Jocelyn Lofstrom on March 12, 2021 at 2:15 am

    JOY, just joy all around. Great job!

  3. Avatar Anna on March 12, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    The texture of your leaves really evokes the shaggy/spiky leaves of the plane tree, great work. And how lovely to imagine the little fairies of the plane tree looking down on a city street!

  4. Avatar Manon L'Hostis on March 15, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    So many details on this piece! Great job!

  5. Avatar Laura Wemyss on March 21, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    What fun this is! And a great interpretation of your character. Nicely done!

  6. Avatar Kristina on March 22, 2021 at 10:56 am

    You really look like a fairy in that costume! It’s very lovely. I love it!

  7. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 26, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    So cute! Nicely done!

  8. Avatar Valarie Olafson on March 27, 2021 at 3:27 am

    Fantastic! It all goes together so well, everything perfectly compliments everything else.

  9. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 27, 2021 at 5:22 am

    Such a whimsical outfit! I adore the leaf effect of the skirt and the warm colour palette, it definitely creates an image of a playful, good-natured fairy, full of joy and vivacity! Well done!

  10. Avatar Jennifer Bowman on March 29, 2021 at 5:29 am

    Squeals of delight!! (clapping and jumping up and down) How fun and lovely this is! The leaves are something I’ve always wanted to try making as well, and I LOVE how this turned out for you! Excellent magical work!

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