Thursday, January 23, 2014

Princess Dress for my Princess - Belle Edition

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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we are heading to Disneyland in a few weeks - we can't wait!!  The girls went when they were 3 and 10 months, so this will really be the first time that they will remember.  My oldest was HUGE into princesses at 3...she wore a dress up outfit every day we were in the park.  Back then, "Cin-lella" was her favorite.  Now that she's a mature lady of almost 9, she isn't into dress up on a daily basis, but she did request a dress so she could be like her current favorite princess: Belle.

There are a few ideas out in blog land, but I chose to just turn my favorite peasant dress pattern into a ball gown with a few modifications.  My daughter wanted something comfortable (those dresses that you buy in the park are SO itchy!), and I didn't want to spend a ton of time or money for something that she will maybe wear twice.  Inexpensive quilting cotton and a pattern that is super easy to sew up made this a fun sew.

First, I added an underskirt that is a few inches longer than the regular skirt length.  Then I spaced some marks about 10 inches apart and 10 inches from the hem along the bottom of the overskirt.  I cut 1/4 inch elastic in 5 inch lengths and sewed them from the mark to the hem, pulling the elastic as I went to make the fabric ruche.  Then, I added the light yellow sash to mimic the detail on Belle's skirt.  I just tacked it down right where each ruche line started.

Since Belle's dress goes off the shoulder's and I wanted something a bit more modest (and let's face it, comfortable) for my girl, I added some more of the sash to the top of the bodice and finished it off with a pink rose.

The result is a cute, comfortable dress for my little princess.  The best part: it only cost $6 for the fabric (thanks, Joann coupons!) as opposed to $100 like the scratchy, glittertacular dresses that they sell in the park.  If she only wears it on our trip, I won't mind - but she's already talking about using it as her Halloween costume.  Yay!

Stay tuned for more Disney sewing next week and don't forget to enter the American Girl Doll and Wardrobe giveaway by February 3!

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  1. Wow, you did a fabulous job and it looks way better than what you can buy, plus $6 you can't go wrong.