Girls Princess Dress

11:12 AM

Halloween is usually the time when mom's who sew can rock their kids worlds.
As the mom who sews, it's fun to make something you couldn't find in stores, like a minion, Gus Gus the Mouse, Ewok, Max from Where the Wild Things Are, Willow, Ellora Dannon, Link, fox, etc.  
So this year it's kind of lame at our house.
RJ is Spiderman from Costco, and Ellie wanted to be...gasp...a princess.
So lame Ellie!
But she's 2 1/2 and despite my feeling like that costume choice is boring and lame, she kept talking about it.
What's worse, she wanted a pink princess dress.  
I hate pink usually...so I kind of tricked her and went with peach and told her it was pink.

So here it is.

I decided if I was making a princess dress, at least I could design something interesting and fun to sew.
I bought a piping presser foot this past spring after seeing the perfect Peter Pan collar Danielle made and was excited to pipe the crap out of my peach princess dress.


Fabric: peach eyelet that didn't have holes, just the embroidery
3 yds of tulle for skirt
**Using eyelet is nice as the decorative selvage edges can be used as the hems to save time!

The bodice was inspired by Kristin's sunshine dress.
In her tutorial, she uses freezer paper to piece the bodice.
I just drafted a basic bodice front in the freezer paper, added my lines, then cut and ironed them on the fabric.
I traced my cut lines with pink highlighter to help remind me where to add the seam allowances.
When you cut each piece out you add the seam allowances to connect them.
Then I added the aqua piping between as I sewed them back together.

The dress is fully lined and made the piping neckline easy, as the lining acts as a facing to conceal raw seams.

It was fun to design and sew, and she has worn it every day since we finished it.
She'll put it on for a while then abandon it somewhere, then find it again, leaving a path of clothes all around the house.



This is where we get the real Ellie.
Below she's being a dead princess.



Trying to see if she's strong enough to bust her magic wand.
Diva.

Happy Halloween!
I still need to sew a costume for Izzie for tonight.

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23 comments

  1. Beautiful job! I love that you made it nontraditional (ie: puffy and pink).
    She looks beautiful (even when she is being funny).
    ~M

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  2. This is a really cute princess dress! I like the route you chose to go with it!

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  3. oh wow you aced another one !!! she is getting more beautiful as she grows up. You guys make some beautiful children ! I hope we will get to see the three of them in costume. does your church have something to keep the children off the street ? or is it ok in your small town to do the traditional doorknocking trick or treating ??
    Happy Halloween and your entries are always such a treat..

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    1. thanks brenda, our kids are young enough we visit local family and the few houses around and call it good. it doesn't take us long, then they don't have tons of candy, but so far they are content!

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  4. SO beautiful and a great compromise! My little one was always into princesses and tulle and sparkle glam galore... it makes me smile and also roll my eyes a bit!

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    1. I was also a total pink fluffy little girl, so I'm glad to see she gets it, but if I was going to sew it, I wanted a little of me in it I guess!

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  5. beautiful! it reminds me of the good witch in the Wizard of Oz

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    1. that is true! glenda! my mother in law has a toto type dog, maybe I should have just called it that since we're not really a recognizable disney princess or anything...just an ellie princess I guess!

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  6. aw so cool you used my tutorial, thanks girl! i love this dress - way to use the eyelet and the piping to make it really special, not just a pink cheap satin number, ya know? happy halloween!

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  7. Jess!!!! This is the most gorgeous princess dress ever! Just divine x

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  8. so, I feel pretty much the same as you about the ubiquitous pink princess dress. But for a lame princess dress, this is pretty awesome. Nice move going with peach instead of barbie pink. Have you read Olivia And the Fairy Princesses?

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    1. Thanks! We'll have to check that one out. We are Olivia fans!

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  9. oh i love this, and great move going for the peach instead of pink! even though it's a princess dress you added some nice unique details. she looks like a mini grace kelly! love the pictures.

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    1. oh wow, that is a compliment! Grace was a great princess.

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  10. I love that dress! Great job!

    I think every woman is a princess. Maybe you're just not a pink, frilly one. Maybe you're a princess that would wear something quirky from a Roald Dahl picture!

    Quick funny story: my friend's mom was having her 50th birthday and I got her a nice tiara. (See above statement about every woman is a princess.) She opened it and cautiously thanked me. The next day I went over to my friend's house and knocked and not hearing an answer poked my head in (I have permission to do this). I saw her vacuuming, dancing while wearing her tiara. She didn't see me so I quietly turned around and left.

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    1. That is a great story. So glad you had a chance to catch her cleaning in the tiara!!! I was a pink frilly little girl, it is fun to see the magic of feeling like a princess at her age!

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  11. I love that dress! Great job!

    I think every woman is a princess. Maybe you're just not a pink, frilly one. Maybe you're a princess that would wear something quirky from a Roald Dahl picture!

    Quick funny story: my friend's mom was having her 50th birthday and I got her a nice tiara. (See above statement about every woman is a princess.) She opened it and cautiously thanked me. The next day I went over to my friend's house and knocked and not hearing an answer poked my head in (I have permission to do this). I saw her vacuuming, dancing while wearing her tiara. She didn't see me so I quietly turned around and left.

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  12. Oh Jessica, I love it! It's such a great design, and the colors and details are perfect!
    I know just what you mean about wanting to make the "amazing" Halloween costumes though. I had big plans for a family costume this year, and just couldn't pull it off in time, so my son has now been a tiny purple dinosaur 2 years in a row. Haha, I'm sure those photos will come in handy one day. ;-)

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  13. Oh this dress is amazing! I love the design and the photos are just beautiful. Way to go!

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  14. Your dress is absolutely beautiful! Love the color and design. Thank you so much for this tutorial.
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  15. That is one of the cutest princess dresses ever!

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