Snow White

Maybe we went to Disney World a month ago.

So that means my kids needed some additional costumes.

Last year, you may recall, I made both kids a bunch of Disney outfits.  The good thing is they all still fit!! Thank goodness because I didn’t have it in me again this year to make all the costumes.  Maya’s grown a couple inches over the past year, so her dresses are getting shorter on her, but that is OK.  And Jacob’s were starting to get a wee bit short, but they were fine for this trip.

I asked Maya if she could have one new princess dress, what would it be.  Hands down, Snow White.  She has a dress up Snow White costume that she received for her birthday one year and she loves it.  She’s never actually seen the movie, but she knows who Snow White is.

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Maya is all about her dresses being authentic.  She even pointed out to Minnie Mouse last year that her dress was similar, but not the same (I added lace to the bottom and clearly Minnie doesn’t have lace on her dress).  So I knew I had to find an authentic Snow White pattern.

In comes Simplicity patterns, pattern 2817 to be exact.  This is my third time using a non-pdf tutorial based sewing pattern.  I’ve come a long way in the past couple of years in my self taught sewing ability, so I didn’t find it as complicated as I thought I would.  There were a couple of parts (sewing in the zipper and attaching the cape loop) that I know I didn’t do properly, but even after going back, I still don’t really understand what the instructions were trying to tell me.  So I did my own thing.

This dress has everything!  A detachable collar, cape and headband.  Except for the slight colour differences, if this isn’t Snow White’s dress, I don’t know what is.

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The bodice front and back have darts.  This was my first time sewing darts that actually gave shape and structure to a bodice.  And it was first time making my own piping.  I will be adding piping to garments from now on.  It was so simple and gives such a nice look.

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I didn’t have the heavyweight interfacing required for the collar, so I used medium weight but interfaced both sides of it, so I think the end result is the same.

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The headband is covered in fabric with a poly filled bow on top.

Maya loves this dress.  Like LOVES this dress.

Seeing as this post is about Maya’s Snow White dress, I will save Jacob’s Prince Ferdinand’s costume for another post.  But there’s a little sneak peak up there.  I may even try to add a bit of a tutorial for it.  Hopefully I can get back into the sewing groove again.  I have a whole list of things to make before Christmas and time is a tickin’.

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Till next time.  Happy sewing.

Our super awesome family trip to Disney World: Part 2 – Mickey and Minnie

We arrived at our hotel, Art of Animation, around 3pm.  I realize this is a sewing blog, but I just have to say that the family suites at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort are fantastic.  They are really quite large, have a kitchenette, 2 full washrooms, a separate bedroom and enough sleeping space for 6 plus a crib.  We only used the sofa bed for Maya and had a crib for Jacob so we didn’t get to try out the Murphy-type wall bed, but apparently  it’s pretty neat.  The space was glorious; we didn’t feel cramped at all.

On our first full day, we went to Magic Kingdom.  The kids were beyond excited even though they had no idea what to expect.  I brought several outfits for the kids to wear each day.  One thing I would have changed would have been to bring fewer “regular” clothes for the kiddos.  They spent 90% of their time in costumes/Disney-themed clothes I made for them.  I’ll have to remember that for next time.

We saw Tinker Bell first.  Maya was a bit timid at first, but warmed up to her within a minute or so.  Jacob didn’t know what to think, so he stood back and hugged my leg for the most part but then ventured a bit closer.  I dressed the kids in their Mickey/Minnie attire.  Maya’s dress is the Mackenzie Classic Twirly Dress by Fairytale Patterns and Jacob’s is the reversible romper by Scientific Seamstress.  This is the second time I’ve made the reversible romper, you can find the other one here.

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As we exited out of the Tinker Bell area, along strolls up Snow White right behind us!  Maya was so excited!  And so was I.

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The Mackenzie dress was a super simple dress to make and turned out perfectly.  The only thing I would do differently is think ahead.  It has a waist band sash type thing that is meant to be a contrast, I was too quick to cut out my pieces.  Next time I would just add the “sash” piece to my bodice since I wasn’t adding a contrast anyway.  Oh well.  I didn’t have enough fabric left to recut the bodice, so I just left it.  I still think it turned out pretty sweet.  It has a peasant-type bodice and a circle skirt, so it is perfect for twirling. This is a size 4 and though it is a tad big, it is totally fine and will last at least another year.   I also made Maya’s bloomers to be very “Minnie-esqe” and upon comparison with Minnie’s actual bloomers, Maya agreed as well.  I used the bloomer portion of the Cloud 9 PJs from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop and added eyelet trim to the hems.  Oh yes, I made her headband as well, but that was quickly replaced with actual Minnie Mouse ears with a proper Minnie bow.  They were originally mine, but Maya was quick to claim them as her own.  :)

Jacob’s reversible romper is one side Mickey Mouse and the other side….well, you’ll just have to wait and see. 😉  I decided where I wanted Mickey’s pants to sit and cut the pattern pieces accordingly (adding my seam allowances of course).  This romper is a fairly simple sew.  I appliqued the white buttons on with my sewing machine.  I also made the black t-shirt he’s wearing using the School Bus T-Shirt by Oliver and S.  You wouldn’t think it should be difficult to find a plain black t-shirt in a 2T.  Turns out it was.  So I made one using a men’s black t-shirt I bought at Wal-Mart.  This t-shirt came together super easily because I used the existing arm hems and bottom hem.

Jacob didn't really know what to think of this big guy at first.

Jacob didn’t really know what to think of this big guy at first.

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I ended up in a lot of the character photos because Mr. Jacob was a little bit timid for the most part.

I ended up in a lot of the character photos because Mr. Jacob was a little bit timid for the most part.

One more thing about this Mickey Mouse visit…he TALKED!  Full on spoke.  His mouth moved and everything!  I’ve been to Disney World 5 times now and I’ve never seen a full costumed character speak.  And not just generic sayings either, he actually interacted with the kids.  It was pretty cool!

Maya was a little sad that we didn’t get to meet Minnie Mouse our first day, and to be honest, I just assumed that Minnie would have been with Mickey, like she was the last time (when Maya was a bitty baby).  But we got to meet her the next day at Epcot.  Thank goodness for laundry on site at the hotel because I had to quickly wash and dry the kids’ outfits before morning so they could wear them again.  But Day 2 at Epcot was no disappointment.  Mickey (again), Goofy and Minnie Mouse.  Too bad Jacob was asleep for most of it.  He did wake up just as we were about to leave, but they were really good about letting him meet Minnie Mouse.

I added eyelet trim on the hemline because I thought Minnie Mouse also had eyelet trim on her dress, but when Maya actually got to meet Minnie on our second day (at Epcot) she was quick to tell her that her dress was a little different and that “Mommy thought you had this, but you don’t”. She was totally fine with the difference, she just felt she needed to explain why her dress wasn’t exactly the same.

Warning: Photo overload! :)

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My sweet, sleeping boy

My sweet, sleeping boy

I love this photo, so much

I love this photo, so much

Watching carefully as Goofy signs her autograph book

Watching carefully as Goofy signs her autograph book

Loving these Minnie bloomers

Loving these Minnie bloomers peeking out.

And FINALLY!

Going for a little stroll.  Minnie came right up to Maya and brought her to her area.  So cute

Going for a little stroll. Minnie came right up to Maya and brought her to her area. So cute

Just a little twirling with her new pal, Minnie

Just a little twirling with her new pal, Minnie

Comparing shoes.

Comparing shoes.

Maya trying to put her headband on Minnie

Maya trying to put her headband on Minnie

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Deep in conversation.

Deep in conversation.

One last hug

One last hug