I first saw this toy bow and arrow on Instagram. It's made by a little New Zealand company called Needle and Nail. They make wooden toys and dolls and everything they create is simply gorgeous. This little girl had been asking for a bow and arrow for her birthday pretty much all year. She also wanted a 'Shooter Girl' outfit. Fool that I am, I made her an Indian head dress. Wrong Mummy. Wrong. What she actually wanted, she explained later, was the GREEN shooter girl outfit.... sigh.
Ah well, Kid's Clothes Week seemed like a good opportunity to make one for her, and I have to say that, for once, my efforts were well rewarded - she was so thrilled with this outfit!
The dress is (another!) Geranium Dress with a lengthened bodice to drop the waist. Apparently I am unable to count properly though because I went and sewed 5 button holes, despite having only bought 4 green buttons. Idiot. Never mind, I'm just going to pretend that the single light green button is an intentional design feature. It works, right?!
The hat was from a free pattern / tutorial that I found on Crafti Stacy. I had to re-size it for a child, and I also added a lining so that it would look more finished. I thought it turned out really great - this kid needs to wear hats more often, I think she pulls it off well!
The quiver was my own design, I may get around to sharing a tutorial here one day.. I'll just add it to the never-ending 'To Do' list! Let me know if you want it and I'll make more of an effort!
I don't know about you, but I can't think of bows and arrows without thinking of William Tell so we decided to have a little fun pretending to try and shoot an apple balanced on the top of her little brother's head:
"Look scared Jacob!"
Disclaimer: No children or apples were harmed in the taking of these photos...