a princess-ish dress

not sure if i should admit how long ago i made and photographed this dress, but it somehow fell by the wayside and has been bugging me because it’s just sitting in iPhoto and haven’t posted it yet…so i’m posting it!

princess-ish dress

alright, i made it sort of spur-of-the-moment for Em’s first Disney on Ice viewing last December.  i realized she probably needed some sort of princess-y type dress for the event, so i sewed this during her nap the day of.  i think it turned into one of those “kid looks great but mom looks a fright” situations, since i tend to prioritize sewing over getting MYSELF ready to go.  meh.

princess-ish dress

it’s sort of a general cinderella/sleeping beauty type design, but i was aiming for it to be a bit more wearable in cotton.  it’s based on the coraline dress tutorial from craftiness is not optional, with some mods.  i started with the flashback skinny tee (sized up) for the bodice, and modified the sleeves to the puff variety, shirred at the hems.  i added the overskirt thingies (anyone know what those are called?) similar to my sweet tartan.  instead of pressing the ruffle collar down and enclosing it with bias, i pressed it UP and topstitched the seam allowance down.

princess-ish dress

the fabric is…oh shoot.  i don’t know!  Jess actually sent it to me, and i think it’s super cute, and I used it all so i don’t have the selvedge anymore, and i can’t find it online.  someone help?  the white is an ikea sheet, i know that.  hehe.

princess-ish dress

she enjoyed the ice capades.  i enjoyed calling it “ice capades,” much to my husband’s chagrin.

princess-ish dress

this might also be the last time she got a haircut!  the gal that cuts it always gives her ringlets, which she adores.

princess-ish dress

we saw a bunch of other little girls in the thin satin princess dresses with sparkly plastic heels and i wasn’t sure how Em felt about her homemade dress.  i do know she’s been asking me to make her a princess dress for a couple months now, and she definitely means the satin variety for dress up.

i bet she’d really dig something like this.


20 thoughts on “a princess-ish dress

  1. Lightnign McStitch says:

    Whoa, freaky coincidence. Someone gifted me a bolt of shiny pink stuff and a bolt of shiny blue stuff. I’d had no idea what to do with it. Now I know, I post it to you!
    …I like your cotton princess dress best. 🙂

  2. Ana Sofia says:

    Trust me, cotton princess dresses are the best (and last much longer)! Yours is so beautiful!!!
    They miss the sparkle, but one can always add a sparkling tulle skirt and magic wand 🙂

  3. kim says:

    My E saw this and said, “oh. That’s a really pretty dress!” She’s in a (very much self-declared) “dress stage;” how does that happen with 4 year olds?? Somehow, they just know they’re supposed to go for skirts and ruffles… Anyways, we both love this dress, and it was so fun to read about. Miss you and hope you’re well! 🙂

  4. gail says:

    nothing wrong with the practical princess style! very sweet little dress, and the ringlets are to die for! plus the concept of “ice capades” = hilarious. 🙂

  5. girllikethesea says:

    when I saw one of the pictures I thought Em looked really young. Ha. Now I know why! I’m with you on making a more wearable cotton princess dress. Something about that halloweenish dressup shiny stuff makes me feel kind of sick. Whenever we take the inevitable trip down the disney princess aisle in Target, and Clover sees the ucky princess dresses there I just look at my husband and he knows that I say “no way”. haha. Someday maybe a velvety dress will make it into the works though…..or something soft and princessy but not so “plastic”

  6. erin says:

    aww, i love it. i think i remember this on IG way back when? I like getting the previews… even if they’re 6 months before you actually blog the creation. 😉

  7. Adrianna says:

    I made a cinderella-ish tutu once and I think blog readers agreed that they were called peplums. Which makes sense I guess. I call them sticky-outy over-skirt swags. Either way.
    I’m a big fan of the comfy princess dresses, this is fab 🙂 OH, and it’s totally called the Ice Capades!

  8. Jess says:

    geez louise that’s too darn cute. And I sent that fabric to you? hehe that’s how many packages have been sent back and forth…i don’t even remember sending it! hehe. Sadie loves this dress. LOVES.

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