To put it simply; these dresses are just plain fun. With that in mind, here's my take on one of the newest Princesses, Sofia the First.
The first thing I did was lay out a long rectanlge of fabric for the skirt. Using the waist measurement of the little girl, I cut out a long piece about 2 and a half times her waist size. This will give a nice, full skirt. Once I had the length and width right, I used a big salad bowl to trace around and cut the bottom of the skirt into a scallop shape. (No photo of this, sorry.)
Using the bottom edge of the skirt as a guide, I created a freezer paper stencil to paint the motifs on the skirt. I just drew the shapes by hand, kind of making it up as I went.
Once the stencil was cut out, I laid my skirt fabric out on my cutting board, got some foam brushes, a paper plate, and some tumbtacks to help hold it in place and started painting.
I put on 2 light coats of paint, one at a time, with drying time in between.
Until the whole skirt was finished. I left this piece on the table to dry while I worked on the bodice and underskirt.
I used my favorite bodice pattern for the top, making the neckline higher and a simple curve. On the lower front, I added some light purple organza to create a slight contrtast on the top. Then I added a purple and white rope trim along the edge.
I used the same organza on the sleeves, gathered them along the top and bottom, (love those poofy sleeves!!) and added them to the top.
By this time, the overskirt was completely dry. To create the "pearls" along the bottom of the scallops, I sewed white ball fringe along the edge of the skirt.
I added a lining piece to the overskirt to help finish the whole piece off. I sewed some lightweight white lining fabric to the skirt, right sides together, along the bottom edge, making sure that all the ball fringe was facing toward the skirt.
Once that was sewn together, I trimmed away the excess lining fabric and turned the skirt right side out and gave the edges a good press.
Now, it's time to assemble all the pieces. First, I sewed the 2 skirt pieces together at the top and gathered them together. I also stitched the center back seam about 2/3 of the way up, leaving an opening for the zipper.
Then, I sewed the finished bodice to the skirt, and after a fitting, sewed a zipper in the back.
Here is the dress finished!
I added a strand of small fake pearls around the waist as a finishing touch.
What do you think?? I think I got it pretty close and the owner of the dress sure agreed!! She makes a beautiful princess, that's for sure!
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