Princess dresses

What is a trip to Disney world for a 3 year old girl without at least a few princess dresses?    Before our trip, Cinderella became a favorite.  Since I had bought a few yards of blue costume satin out of the remnant bin a while back I was happy when that was the princess Annabelle picked.  I was able to use one of the first pdf patterns I ever bought, The Simply Sweet by the Scientific Seamstress.  On her blog there is a great tutorial for princess-ifying (spell check says this isn’t a word but I think it should be) the pattern.  I added an embroidery of the pumpkin coach using some metallic thread that I picked up at a yard sale a long time ago.  I have heard horror stories about metallic thread and was really nervous but after much shouting, pouting and foot stomping  using a thread stand on the floor and slowing down the speed on my embroidery machine, I got it to work.  I was also able to dig through my never ending box of vintage trims (Thanks mom!) to find some fancy gold trim to add some extra sparkle.

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She enjoyed comparing her dress to the “real” thing.  I was happy it washed up well after the trip and could pull double duty as her Halloween costume last night!

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In August, we visited my parents in Maryland and she found out about the joys of cable tv and Disney Junior.  Suddenly the Cinderella dress was not enough and she NEEDED a Sophia the first dress as well.  Since I compulsively buy fabric, I had some purple satin in my stash as well.  I found it a while back at a thrift store and the tape they had left on it had left stains down the middle but fortunately there was just enough to carve out a dress.  This one is way more complicated.  I used the same bodice as the Cinderella dress and drafted a skirt pattern that would have the petals while still only being one layer of fabric.  I couldn’t imagine wanting to tour Disney in layers of skirts!  I splurged on the embroidery file to add the designs to the skirt and pulled purple and white trims from the same magic trim box.  I didn’t have the pom pom trim to make the skirt authentic but I am still happy with how it came out.

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She looks happy too!

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