Today is International Day at Maddie's school. I love International Day. I am not sure whether there are many other places as diverse and multicultural as Abu Dhabi. Maddie's close circle of friends come from the UK, NZ, Mexico, Switzerland, France, Vietnam and the occasional Aussie! I love that living in the Middle East is giving our kids a broader outlook on the world and that they are learning about other cultures from the get go.
Last year she was Fairy Bread, the year before she was a Lifeguard, but for International Day this year, Maddie wanted to dress up as the Sydney Opera House! She saw the following photo and just swooned!
So, I bought a pack of paper plates, and 10m of tulle in various shade of blue, and became an architect for two days!
I was a little relieved to find that someone else had created a Sydney Opera House hat as well, (its always comforting to know that there are two of us out there!) and so I followed her Kidspot tutorial with Maddie and we made the hat first.
I then added some paper plate "sails" to a long-sleeved shirt as well, as I know the hat won't last on her head all day at school!
I had a vision for the skirt. Maddie always needs a skirt that twirls, so that was a given. But I wanted layers and layers of tule, cut in waves, that will look like the ocean beneath the sails. I originally planned to make a full on ruffle skirt, but, having given myself one day for the component, kept it simple with a basic circle skirt. 9 layers of basic mind you!!! There was no way my amateur photography skills could capture her without the blur, she was spinning so fast and just loving it!
I was really happy with the final result and think she looks like a pretty adorable Sydney Opera House.