Wednesday, February 19, 2014

At The Happiest Place on Earth

So...we went to Disneyland.

Santa was VERY kind to us this year, and brought 4 five day passes to our little family, along with flights and a hotel stay.  Yes, the rest of the kids' presents pretty much sucked ;-)

Yes, 5 days was slightly insane.  BUT...we went in the off season when the crowds are low but the hours are short.

We had SO MUCH fun.  Roller coasters, super heroes, Mickey Dream Bars, and my personal favorite, the Dole Whip.  Oh, and we met LOTS of princesses.

It was a great trip and completely worth the sore feet.  The girls loved meeting their favorite characters and Mr. Graceful Rose and I loved watching them take it all in...oh, and we loved the loop-the-loop on the big roller coaster too.

Stay tuned for later this week, when I'll run down some tips and tricks to make the most out of your Disneyland vacation!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Princess Dress for My Princess: Sofia The First Edition

We are just a few days away from leaving on our vacation to Disneyland (!!!), but I had some time to make this sweet little dress for my Sofia The First fan.  My youngest looooves the color purple and requested a Sophia Dress for the trip.  Of course, I said yes :o)  Since there aren't very many tutorials for a Sofia The First Dress out there, I thought I would show you a how I made it.  Ready?  Grab some purple fabric and get ready!

To start, I used the same pattern for this dress that I did with the Belle Dress.  I used two shades of purple Kona cottonFor this dress, the only change that I made was the double the width of the skirt (for a size 6, it was two pieces that were 40 x 19), and to add the overskirt.  To make the overskirt, I cut it 5 inches shorter than the underskirt (so, 40 x 14).  Then I took each piece of fabric and cut it in thirds, width-wise.  I ended up with 6 rectangles that were 13.3 x 14 inches.  I folded each rectangle in half lengthwise and drew a rounded shape at the bottom of one:

It looked like a petal after:

And I used it as a template to cut the rest:

Then, to mimic the pearl trim on Sophia's dress, I pinned extra large white ric-rac along right side of the rounded edge of each petal.  I didn't finish the edge because I was lazy low on time, but you should totally serge or zig zag your edge.

Stitch the ric rac down with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. 

Then, turn under and press.  Voila!  A sweet "pearl" trim!  This is by far my favorite way to hem a skirt, BTW - so easy!  Be sure to top stitch too!

For the flower design on the skirt, I used iron on material and my Cricut - I used cut basic ovals and circles and placed them how I liked them.  For iron on material, my best advice is to put a towel under the fabric that you are ironing onto, then make sure to press the iron on for at least 45 seconds.  I just use my cell phone as a timer.

For the bodice detail, I just sewed lines of ric rac on either side to mimic the pearl detail on Sophia's bodice, and then I coiled some purple trim in the general design on the original version.

 The final result: A cute, comfy, twirly dress perfect for my little princess!

I said in my Belle Dress post that my girls never really liked the dresses that you can get in the parks and at the Disney store - they are itchy, tear and run easily, and drop glitter all over the house!  With a few dollars of fabric and about 2 hours, you can make your princess her own custom gown - try it out and let me know how it works!

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