This year, rather than just choosing what Miss H will be for Halloween, I let her pick from a couple options I knew I could manage. She chose to be a peacock because she loves to look at the peacocks at Grandpa's work. After looking at different ideas, I decided against using real feathers. I saw a few ideas using felt, and I loved the colors from the Eric Carle peacock illustration, so that's how I started pulling my idea together.
I used the tutu pattern from the Oliver + S Little Things to Sew book. I used the pattern a couple years ago and loved the result. This time, rather than use 5 layers of tulle, I used 4 in typical peacock colors. Each layer is cut to be 1.5" shorter than the previous for better color visibility. I made a tying band out of chambray because I don't love using grosgrain ribbon.
I cut 28 peacock feathers out of felt and pinned them to just the folded green layer of tulle. I sewed them on in lines with my sewing machine. Then I stacked all 4 layers of tulle, pinned, gathered, and sewed into the waist band. I love the way it turned out!
I decided to make a little felt mask for Miss H rather than decorate a headband. She still doesn't like to wear headbands, but loves masks. I sewed the outline using my machine with a walking foot to keep the layers all together.