How to make a Clara Nutcracker costume?

Clara in the Nutcracker is the daughter of a toy maker who is given a Nutcracker doll for Christmas. When she falls asleep she dreams of her Nutcracker Prince rescuing her from the Mouse King. This year, if you are going to be in a play, ballet, or just need a costume for Christmas you might consider Clara. We have the materials you will need and steps to help you create the perfect Clara costume.

##Materials Needed:##

* Pink fabric

* Sheer pink fabric

* Ballet shoes

* Sewing machine

* Pink or white tights

* Pink crown

##Instructions:##

Step 1: To begin you will need a ballet style costume. You can do this in two ways. You can create a leotard or you can make a dress that is form fitting at the bodice. We will go with the second option. You may want to find a pattern that will help you. The top of the dress will be close to a bustier in style. It should be tight, with two shoulder straps. From the bodice or waist there should be sheer pink fabric. This skirt will be loose and a single piece of fabric, rather than layers.

Step 2: Once the dress has been completed you can then add the rest of the costume. You will need tights to go under the dress.

Step 3: In this step you need to create a pink crown to go around your hair in a bun.

Step 4: Lastly you need to lace up some ballet shoes and you will be ready to go.

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