Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel? You can pull those out of the dress-up box any day and give em a whirl.
So we tried to brainstorm other ideas but she kept coming back to the princess.
(at what age do they move beyond the Disney obsession?)
But I was warming up to the Sleeping Beauty idea. Perhaps I could make a dress that we both liked; something couture to her body and more fancy than the cheap store-bought version we already had.
The only question was....do you make it pink or blue?
great scene from the movie as my inspiration. "It's blue! It's pink! BLUE. Pink!" (photo source).
If only life were that simple.
Another happy moment for us all!
She felt like royalty and walked around the house talking to everyone as such. And then we had a talk about treating your "servants" kindly, even if you're the queen.
• I actually did a quick sketch before starting just to make sure I wasn't crazy. It'll look okay, right? Lucy said yes. Moving onward...
• I filled my shopping cart with every fabric I swore I'd never use again after last year's Halloween costumes (and the year before, and the year before): satin, chiffon, and taffeta. The taffeta, however, was awesome and I highly recommend (btw, you can read more about all these fabrics in my book! wink wink). Taffeta is stiffer than satin but still drapes beautifully and doesn't slip underneath itself as you sew.
• I also sewed two test-bodices (which I don't normally do) just to make sure I was on track and didn't waste the fancy fabric.
• The collar is two layers of satin lined with interfacing, sewn right in-between the dress and lining layers.
circle skirt but I didn't have enough fabric for a full circle. So instead, I created a partial circle from 6 pieces. I measured the distance around the bodice waist and divided it up into 6 (accounting for seam allowances), then cut triangular type pieces and sewed them all together. When I was almost finished with the dress, I trimmed the bottom to a circular shape for the hem, making it slightly longer in the back for a mini "train" look.
And it fit!
It's the best!
Eventually on Saturday night, we ran into Fauna and Flora....
And that my friends, is a happily ever after Halloween for you.