Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Wednesday Sewing - Party Dress Reincarnated into A Princess!
A couple years ago, I found this great, slinky party dress at Goodwill on sale for $1.00. It was a size 2 and there's no hope in this lifetime that I'll EVER fit in that, but it was gorgeous - and cheap! Well, little c's getting into dress-up lately and loves sparkles and anything that looks like it could be a "princess dress." I did a little cutting and sewing and it turned out ridiculously easy to make some great dress-up clothes!
First, measure up from the bottom of the dress to make a long skirt. This measurement will vary depending on the size of your potential princess. Since this dress had a lining, I pinned through all layers along that line.
3. Cut the dress in two along that line. Cut down the front of the top portion to make a vest.
4. Turn under along the front and bottom of the vest and sew.
Part one of the princess outfit is done!
6. For the skirt, turn the top under about 1 inch and sew along the bottom, leaving an opening for elastic. Cut 3/4 inch elastic the waist measurement of your princess plus one inch.
7. Insert the elastic, overlap it 1/2 inch, and sew the elastic together. You can finish by sewing the seam shut or leave the opening so you can adjust the elastic as your princess grows.
Little c is adamant that a princess needs a crown, so we set about making one. I measured around her head and added one inch. Using that measurement, I cut two long rectangles of felt that were about 6 inches wide.
I folded the rectangles in half ...
And free hand cut a crown shape.
When opened up, this is what I had.
I sewed the two pieces together using a blanket stitch and 6 strands of embroidery floss.
I overlapped the ends, sewed it together in the back, and helped little c glue on a whole package of rhinestone jewels. We used Aileen's Jewel-It.
And here's the busy princess getting ready to make a "tape picture!"
Happy Creating! Deborah