This is the first of many Disney themed posts. You see, my husband and I are taking the kidlets to Disney World in the very near future and I’ve been busy making as many outfits as I can for the vacation. (Will it be a vacation with a preschooler and a toddler?!) Truth is, we are super excited to take them and I can’t wait!
Cinderella was the first movie Maya sat through without being scared. She’s just like me and it doesn’t take much to frighten her. There are some not so pleasant parts to Cinderella, that step mother really is wicked, after all, but not in the sense that she is visually scary.
She already had a Cinderella dress, so by rights it shouldn’t have been the first Disney Princess I created for her. But I had ordered some Michael Miller Fairy Frost in a colour that I thought was going to work for Elsa from Frozen, but when I got it, all I could think of was Cinderella. It is CM0376-PERI-D. The dress Maya had already was from the Disney Store, so for a satin polyester costume dress it was actually pretty nice. But not nice enough. So I went on a mission to make her the perfect Cinderella gown.
I knew from the start that I wanted the point in the front and that it had to have the peplummy poofy things on the sides. I really don’t know what those are called. (If anyone knows, please enlighten me.) I had purchased the Princess Party Dress from Mandy K originally to make Maya an Anna and Elsa dress, but it can also work for most princesses. The key feature for me with this dress for Cinderella was the point in the front. If I had that, I knew I’d be able to add the white poofs to the sides.
As you may remember, Cinderella’s ball gown also has a line down the center of the bodice. I don’t really know why it is there, but it is. I started by adding a half inch seam allowance to the front bodice and instead of cutting on the fold, I cut two pieces and sewed them together to give me the same bodice in the end, but with the “line” down the front. Easy peasy. I used the front and back bodice lining pattern piece instead of the two front and back bodice pieces since I was creating a single fabric front (and back). If you notice on the original pattern, it has the look of a shirt under the dress bodice. I followed the instructions directly from the pattern once I had made my changes for Cinderella.
I know the poof on the right hand side in the photo doesn’t look perfect. Truth is, it isn’t perfect.
I used the width of fabric for each half of the skirt because I wanted it to be as full as possible.
Now those darned peplums. I used a white Kona cotton from Joann’s. I started with this tutorial from Scientific Seamstress. The main difference is my skirt had the point and the Scientific Seamstress tutorial assumes you have a straight across skirt. I just sort of winged it. I cut a bit off the peplums to follow the curve cutout of the skirt, but I mostly maneuvered the fabric to fit the curve. I basted the peplum to the skirt and then sewed the skirt to the bodice and crossed my fingers that it was all going to match up perfectly in the front when I was done. It was perfect enough for me.
I really like that this dress isn’t fitted. There are three casings on the back bodice with elastic. This dress will fit her for quite a while. I don’t mind when I make a dress for Maya and it fits for one season. I’m not sewing out of necessity, I sew because I love it. But for a costume, I would rather it fit for several years.
Maya calls it her “real” Cinderella dress. She wears it and carries a pillow with her “glass slipper” on it. When she comes down the stairs wearing it she loses her “glass slipper” on a stair. It’s the cutest thing ever!
I’m not sure I love the Fairy Frost for this dress. The actual colour is spot on, but I’m not convinced that it looks quite right for Cinderella. Maya loves it, and that’s what matters. So I’ll just have to get over it.
Now I just need to make Jacob a Prince Charming outfit to go with it. How cute will that be?!
UPDATE: It’s super cute that’s what. Check out Jacob as Prince Charming here.