Welcome to the Handmade Dress Up Series! Dress up is such a fun, creative outlet for children (and adults!). Perhaps you’re ready to try your hand at sewing a costume from a costume pattern or tutorial?
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Hello and Happy Handmade Dress Up month, Train to Crazy readers! We’re Adrianna and Susan and we blog over at Crafterhours.
We have 4 girls between the two of us and most of our sewing is for them, but we throw in a project for ourselves, our houses, and even our spouses from time to time too. Come over and say hi sometime! Just so we don’t sound like we have multiple personality disorder, Adrianna will be writing this post. Let’s continue in first person prose, shall we?
Today I’m sharing a tutorial for our version of those oh so popular princess dresses. My girls pretty much live in them all day, whether they’re prancing about the house, eating, sleeping, or jumping in the mud puddle that always forms after our daily 4 pm rain. After the first few stains, rips, and complaints of itchy polyester and sweaty stretch velvet, I figured enough money had been thrown down the drain and decided to make my own. In the interest of making them as comfy and wearable as possible, I used soft and breathable cotton knit.
This tutorial is for the Belle dress, with the assumption that if you can make this one, you can make any of ’em.
Step 2: For the skirt, you’ll need to cut a lot of rectangles. Use at least 8. The more you use, the fuller your skirt will be. The length of the rectangle will be the length from the natural waist to the ankle plus 6 inches. I used a width of 7 inches and I thought it worked pretty well.
And you’re done! That was pretty easy, and this is pretty much the hardest one, due to the skirt.