A Tutu for Bobo.

Oct 29, 2015

Two weeks ago, I got a message from Staci, an employee of the Augusta Levy Learning Center (ALLC)…who happens to also be a kickass woman.  She is also apparently someone I simply cannot say no to, however odd the request.  In fact, I didn’t even question her, I just said yes.

“Soooo this may be a strange request but Susan Hogan has suggested that we make a tutu for Bobo the elephant leading up to Dancing with the Ohio Valley Stars. How hard is that going to be do you think?”

Bobo is a life-sized metal elephant that is a new resident of a new pocket park in Wheeling.  Local artist, Jeff Forester, sculpted that 1,800 lb giant out of recycled metal…as well as a few other metal creatures.  They are seriously cool if you haven’t seen them yet in person.  What are you waiting for?  Bobo even had her photo in the Alley.  So she’s really made her rounds in town already!

The ALLC is hosting their fifth year of the Dancing With the Ohio Valley Stars fundraiser (Bennett was one of the “stars” in last year’s show) and they were hoping to hype the event a little more by dressing up our city’s newest character.  Of course I would help!  But first, I had questions.

Believe it or not, I’ve never dressed an elephant before.
Do we know how big around she is?  (Is that too personal to ask a lady?)

In case you were wondering, Bobo’s waist is just shy of 18 feet around.  EIGHTEEN FEET.  I’ve never even made a traditional-sized tutu for a little girl…much less an 18-foot tutu.  After doing more math than I personally like to have to do, I ended up ordering 1,000 yards of tulle in order to fill that big of a space.  That’s a lot of tulle!!  And every inch of tulle was used (with just enough left over to make a person-sized tutu).  Whew!

I’m not going to lie.  It took me an entire Sunday to make Bobo’s skirt.  And my hand hurt so much for two days after that, I almost wasn’t able to work on shirts and other things that required a lot of movement from me.  Tutu injuries.  That’s a new one!

Bobo finally got to wear her tutu today.  We met up with Staci, Susan, and Dancing with the Stars dancers, as well as representatives from WTRF and Ogden Newspapers while we figured out how to install it.  A couple of misfires and we were able to strap all eighteen feet of tutu around her waist.

I had just enough tulle left over to make a human sized version of what Bobo was wearing.  I thought it would be fun to play “Who Wore It Better?”  I’ll let you decide.

Thanks to Augusta Levy and all involved for letting us participate in this fun, silly project.  It was pretty much the perfect storm for us weirdo McKinleys.  Crafting AND community in one?  Sold.  

We CANNOT wait until November 7!  So many of our friends are dancing up on that stage next Saturday.  Squee!!

PS.  If you haven’t gotten tickets for the Dancing with the Ohio Valley Stars event, tickets are still on sale HERE.  It’s seriously worth your time.  You don’t want to miss it!

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Welcome to Wild+Wanderful!  I’m Katy.
Momma. Wife. West Virginian.
Designer. 
Dreamer. Coffee Consumer.
DIY-er. 
Craft Beer Enthusiast.
Purple Obsessor. Lover of Handmade.

MILDLY WILD. MOSTLY WANDERFUL.

LATEST FREEBIES

How to Open Digital Cut Files in Silhouette Studio (PLUS 4 Free Schitts Creek Downloads)

Happy New Year, ya Wild Bunch!  I thought I'd kick off 2021 with a little video tutorial AND a four-pack of free digital cut file downloads.  Not a bad way to party into the new year, am I right? I'm a huge fan of creating digital cut files for you, but...

It’s My Turn to Take an Elfish :: FREE Schitt’s Creek / David Rose Inspired Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

Happy mid-December, Wanderful friends!  I totally had intentions of sharing this weeks ago, but I've been hit with the holiday to-do list and it got delayed a bit.  Without further ado, let me hook you up with my newest free digital cut file.  I think...

Sublimation Printing 101 | Sublimating Coasters

I'm thrilled to be bringing you my first "shared" project for dye sublimation printing on the blog today!  I saw these coasters at JoAnn Fabrics the other day and immediately was overcome by my impulse purchasing ways. Cricut has been pushing their "Infusible...

Come, We Fly! :: FREE Hocus Pocus Inspired Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

If you had to ask me to name my favorite Halloween movie, I wouldn't even hesitate to tell you that it is HANDS DOWN, no questions asked, Hocus Pocus.  Honestly.  Isn't it everyone's favorite Halloween flick?  So. Freaking. Good. I've been on a super...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Quote :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

Like many others, I've been struggling with the news of the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  I'm stuck in a moment of wanting to mourn the death of such a vital, powerful female figure in US history....and also living in fear of what's to come with the...

We Can Sew It! :: FREE Silhouette + Cricut Cut Files!

It's no secret right now that there is a massive shortage of PPE in every hospital and care facility everywhere.  It's also well known that the CDC is now calling for everyday people to wear masks when they go into public -- to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in...

RECENT POSTS

Fabric for Pirates :: January 2021 Reveal

AHHHHHHH.  I am SO EXCITED to get to reveal's this month's Fabric for Pirates shipment!!! Judy and I were a little nervous about our pick, because it's a print with a little bit of a wild side to it.  But we were also STOKED to send it out....because it's freaking...

Fabric for Pirates :: December 2020 Reveal

It's the official reveal day for Patterns for Pirates' fabric subscription service: FABRIC for Pirates!  It feels like I've been waiting for F-O-R-E-V-E-R to show you what I made!  Because I love it so much! The fabric we chose for this month is a ribbed sweater knit...