Last year, I talked my (then) 3 year old daughter into being R2D2 to her brother's C3PO, which she was fine with, even excited about, until we got to school and she saw a whole bunch of other little girls in various princess and fairy costumes. She was not pleased, in fact, I remember some very angry looks being shot my way that morning.
This year she told me in no uncertain terms that she wanted to be a "Dancing Princess, with a pink sparkly dress that had pink with sparkles." Too bad for me she's so indecisive, right? So, I found some pink sparkly fabric, some pink eyelet fabric with a nice border, grabbed some pink trim from my stash, and McCalls Princess pattern 0626 as a guide, and let my imagination, which has been heavily influenced by The Tudors, run free.
I started with this pattern, because I really liked the shape of the Snow White dress, especially the sleeves. It also has a nice full skirt, good for twirling, so I'm told.
First, I decided to add a center "stomacher"-yes, that is the real word for it, over the center front of the bodice. I found some shimmery organza and gathered it onto a light pink piece of fabric in a slight "V" shape.
I also decided to add a front panel in the skirt (as I said earlier, heavily influenced by the Tudors, here). So I chose some light pink eyelet fabric that already had a pretty border, no hemming! Since the eyelet was pretty sheer, I did line it. After hemming the over skirt, I added the front panel, then hemmed the front sides of the skirt.
No argument here! It seems, this Halloween she has the "best costume EVER!"