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Snow White dress

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Having successfully made the Princess Sofia dress I decided my next project would be Snow White.  I looked for photographs of Snow White so I could see what her dress looked like in terms of colours etc and ordered some satin fabric from eBay in the perfect colours.
Snow White dress fabric coloursWhile I am working on this project I am also looking at fabric for an Elsa dress from Frozen. I posted a query on a page on facebook that I use and had lots of replies. People are so helpful.

It’s nice to know you are part of a crafting community.
I looked for a pattern to help with the snow white dress and though I had the bridesmaids dress pattern I found an actual snow white so bought it. It’s Simplicity 2563.
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Since this had the piping detail and correct shape for bodice it was the best bet rather than an adaptation. The big change I made was the sleeves. The pattern has these teardrop shaped appliqué red shapes on it but I had found a couple of online tutorials for proper pleated sleeves like in old period costumes.
pleated sleeves for Snow White costume
This is what I did here in this link to pleated sleeves. I ended up with these lovely sleeves I was really happy with the result. Much better than appliqué.
pleated sleeves for Snow White costume
I spent ages choosing colours and once again changed the colour scheme slightly from the pattern. When I looked at pictures of Snow White the sleeves were more royal blue than pale blue and the bodice was darker. The bodice was more like a navy. The sleeves had a yellow band. So my colours were navy bodice. Royal blue and red sleeves with yellow band and yellow skirt.
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The end result was lovely. Really bright and beautiful. It’s an age 4 as it was made for a friend’s granddaughter. I hope she loves it. Snow White dress costume tutorial
Now I just have to make a smaller one for my little girl.


Summer dress in floral blues

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Simplicity 1949. Summer dress

My next dressmaking project is a summer dress in blue florals. I am deciding whether to do age 3 as my littlest is already super tall and age 3 might last longer. 

Simplicity 1949 by TOTZ

I plan to use Simplicity 1949.  I have used it before to make this red floral top.

The red floral fabric was bought from Calico Lane.  I used the square neck with the red and used red lining fabric to create a nice contrast. This time I am planning on using the round neck.  I am also going to add a contrast band at the bottom and contrast pockets. 

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I have picked two blue florals that I think will suit this hotchpotch style well.  Still deciding which to use for the main body. 
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It’s a lovely pattern and I was looking for something close to what I wanted. I had seen a summer dress on Pinterest that I loved. Seriously addicted to Pinterest. Just love being able to pin pictures of things I have found that I like. It doesn’t matter if they are just for inspiration either.

I am sure it won’t be long before I am able to create my own patterns. I am getting better at mixing and matching bits I like from different patterns and using my own techniques sometimes rather than instruction on the patterns especially if I think I can finish something better. Ohhh get me the expert in the making. Who would have thought eh. I think it goes to show that it’s just practice. “A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step”. My first pattern was bought and made almost a year ago and I have learnt so much since then.
Watch this space.


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Disney Princess Sofia Inspired Dress

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How to make your own Disney Princess Sophia Dress.

1920486_1457211484511436_611266417_n My littlest and I were invited to a 4th Birthday party.  The theme was fancy dress.  Specifically Disney Princess fancy dress.  Our favourite Disney Princess is Princess Sofia.  We love this little Princess and I really hope Disney make a movie to go with the TV show. Princess Sofia wears a gorgeous purple dress and this was the dress I decided my littlest should wear to the party.

Since dressmaking is my thing it made sense to make the dress. It ticks lots of boxes.

  1. I couldn’t find a Sofia dress online for less than £40.
  2. I knew I could buy the fabric relatively cheaply.
  3. I already had a pattern I thought I could adapt.
  4. I get to practice sewing in satin a complete first for me.

So the first thing was to buy fabric. I bought polyester satin which is reasonable price and purchased 2.5m purple and 1m white. I also bought matching purple thread and purple ribbon. I had a zipper in my box and already had 3m of netting plus some white lining fabric.

I used Simplicity 1507. It has a lovely full skirt with 2 layers plus a lovely sleeve just perfect.
The next decision I made was to separate the net underlining layers and make a separate skip/petticoat that could be worn under the dress. I felt this would make sewing the waist easier and mean we could always do away with one layer if need be.

I actually followed a great tutorial I found online for inspiration and used a vest plus lining and net. Here is the finished product and a link to a separate tutorial. This is the tutorial I used although I did adapt it slightly SewFearless children’s tulle petticoat

Now to sew the Disney Princess Sofia dress.
I put the top together first and just followed the pattern.

I will note that this was my first time working with satin so I spent a whole evening searching for tips as when I first started the fabric was puckering. I found some great clips on YouTube and spent my Friday evening watching various clips. My life is pretty rock and roll these days he he. Ok don’t laugh I actually enjoy it so armed with wine and snacks I eventually realised what I needed was the right needle. I use Universal needles usually but satin requires sharp needles so a quick trip to my local supply store the following morning meant I was all set to go. The finished top also included some rick rack for a design. This should really have been added before the top was assembled so that’s a note to remember. Oh here is one of the best YouTube links I found working with satin.

Next was the skirt. I mulled over making a circle skirt but decided on following the pattern which uses a tube gathered at the top. Before I did anything I needed to create the petals. I decided 4 was enough for a little girl though I know Princess Sofia actual dress has 6. I sewed all the pieces together apart from the back seam. I then folded the fabric in half then half again with another fold so that I could cut a semi circle that would give me a complete petal at the front, one on each side and one at the back.

I zig zagged all the pieces before sewing them and didn’t french seam though I would in future as I found that despite zig zagging satin frays more than I was happy with.
The next step was the appliqué design. I first traced my design onto baking paper. Then taping it to my kitchen window I traced the pattern onto bondiweb. I bought mine on ebay and it’s double sided iron on webbing perfect for application of applique designs like the bottom of Princess Sofia dress.

Before I moved onto finishing the skirt Pr10155572_1472252703007314_7184052084309138778_nincess sofia dress has these peplums or side pieces. I freehand drew two loops on dressmakers paper though baking or tracing paper would work too. I zig zagged the edges and added rick rack trim then gathered the tops and pinned then basted these to the dress top.

Next I simply followed the pattern and after sewing the back seams of both skirt layers I gathered the tops then pinned them to the dress top and machined the whole thing together. I was excited to turn the whole thing right side out and see the final product. I was so pleased. It looked amazing.

It was something of a labour of love and I learnt lots about working with satin but immensely pleased with the finished garment.

It swishes wonderfully and of course my littlest insisted on Princess Sofia music to dance too.
The party was great and my princess was super excited to be wearing her Princess Sofia dress.