The Prince (aka Prince Ferdinand) – a little tutorial

I’m a wee bit late with my Disney posts…but better late than never, right?

You can’t have Snow White without her Prince.  And a handsome prince he is. (If I do say so myself).  I had to google it, but yes, Snow White’s prince’s name is Ferdinand.  But I think in the movie, he is referred to as “The Prince”.

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I had a hard time finding a pattern for his outfit.  In fact, it’s hard to find Disney-esque costumes for boys.  That is why I am forced to come up with my own from patterns that already exist.

The Prince’s top looked sort of art smock-ish, so I started with the “bias-trimmed apron” pattern from Little Things to Sew (by Liesl Gibson of Oliver and S).  I pretty much just winged this costume, but I took some photos as I was going along so I’m going to explain my process as I go.

The Bias-trimmed apron has full sides and a velcro or snap back to make it easy to pull on.  I wanted to make it even simpler, so I used only the front pattern piece and used it for the front and the back.  Because it’s made with woven fabric with no stretch, I cut the front neckline a bit deeper so it would go over Jacob’s head.  I kept trying it on over his head, till I was happy.  In hindsight, I probably should have kept some sort of opening at the back, but as a costume, I think it turned out just fine.

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I didn’t use the instructions for the apron, just the pattern piece.

I started by sewing and serging the shoulder seams.

I wanted it to go over his head and I also wanted it to close with tabs instead of being fully enclosed on the sides.  I knew I was going to be wrapping some sort of gold rope around so I wanted it as open as possible to decrease the bulk when the rope was tied.

To create the tabs, cut out 8 tabs from your fabric.

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Sew 2 of them them wrong sides together  (4 times, to make 4 tabs), and flip them right sides out pushing the rounded edges out with a knitting needle to make a smooth curve.

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Attach  each tab partway up the sides.  There were notches on the pattern piece where the original sides should have been attached; use these for placement.

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Baste the tabs to the wrong side of the smock.

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I bought some gold bias trim by the meter and attached it cheater-style to the outer edge and the neckline.  By cheater style, I just sandwiched the fabric in the bias and edge stitched it in place.

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Lastly was the fun bit.  Not!  I bought some gold cording in the drapery department of Fabricland and hand stitched it to the back neckline, up to the shoulder seam.  By stitching it only at the back, it’s easier to adjust the fit as kids get bigger.  I just sort of wrap it around and tie in the front.

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Now for the cape.  I just sort of winged this one as well.  I found several tutorials online for Prince capes, but in the end I just sort of drew the general shape on my fabric and attached the same gold bias, leaving tails long enough to tie.

So there you have it.  One Prince Ferdinand costume.

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I know I’m biased….but how cute!  Prepare for photo overload.

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Cape and autographs!

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A long overdue Ice Cream Dress (and a pseudo pocket tutorial)

I have had this exact dress on my mind for over a year.  I bought this combination of fabric to specifically make an Oliver and S Ice Cream dress.  I loved Gail’s version here and had to make one.

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This is a super sweet dress.  It’s not structured, so I imagine it’s probably pretty comfy.  Maya wore it all day, even though it doesn’t twirl.  She did twirl in it though and I made a big deal that it “does” in fact, twirl…a little bit.  Well…not really, but if I can convince Maya that it is twirling, she is more likely to actually wear it.

Here she is...mid "twirl".

Here she is…mid “twirl”.

There are different ways to make this dress.  A top or dress, with/without pockets, with/without notch and you can also play with colourblocking.  I chose to do View A with notches.

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The pockets are perfect for my dandelion loving little girl.

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I think Maya will be able to wear this for several years.  I have a love/hate relationship with dresses for Maya.  I LOVE making them, I love making them so much, that when they last for so long, it means I really shouldn’t make so many.  But I still do.

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This was a very straightforward pattern, as is standard with Oliver and S patterns.  For the most part.  I had a feeling I would run into a bit of trouble with the back closure because I had read about it on several occasions.  I don’t really know how to describe the issue, but I feel like if you are SUPER PRECISE when clipping the seam allowance at the closure, you MAY not have an issue.  There is a bit of raw edge peeking through that drives me a little batty, but I tried to stitch over it and I think unless you know it’s there, you would never see it anyway.  But I’m a bit of a perfectionist so it will continue to bother me.

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Despite the closure issue, I really love this dress. And I will most likely make another one.

This is a straight size 4.  No modifications whatsoever.  Both fabrics are from JoAnn’s.

I have never done a “tutorial” before, and I don’t even know if this qualifies as one.  It’s more of a, “hey there’s this really cool technique for adding patch pockets that I read about somewhere and I thought I would show you how I did it” post.

I honestly don’t remember where I saw this.  I wish I did so I could link it.  But it’s brilliant!

Basically it’s this.  Cut the pocket out of the the “pocket placement” guide on the pattern piece before you pin (or iron in my case)  your pattern piece to the RIGHT side of your fabric.  (You can do it afterwards if you’ve forgotten.)  Continue as normal, but leave your pattern piece on the cut fabric.  Prepare your patch pocket and place in the hole of your pattern piece.  Pin it.  Remove pattern piece.  Stitch on.  Tada!  Done!  Easy peasy.  No measuring in so many inches, up so many, trying to use a marker underneath the pattern piece, no more chalk papers and tracing wheels.  Seriously.  Mind blowing and so simple.  Maybe everyone knows this, but I did not, and so I share.

Step 1:  cut the pocket placement markings out on your freezer paper (or whatever you used to transfer your pattern to)

Step 1: cut the pocket placement markings out on your freezer paper (or whatever you used to transfer your pattern to)

Step 2:   make your patch pocket as per instructions.

Step 2: make your patch pocket as per instructions.

Step 3:  place your pocket in the hole and pin into place

Step 3: place your pocket in the hole and pin into place

Step 4:  remove the pattern piece (freezer paper) and sew pockets into the perfect place.

Step 4: remove the pattern piece (freezer paper) and sew pockets into the perfect place.

Happy sewing everyone!