A few weeks ago I shared the princess crown that I made for my grand daughter. Of course, every princess needs a pretty dress to go with her crown! Today I’m sharing the princess dress tutorial that I made for the princess.
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This dress is inspired by two dress-up dresses that my mom made for my daughter and my niece when they were young. Mom is a wonderful seamstress, and she made all of our clothes while we were growing up. I’m sure she whipped these dresses up with no pattern, and in no time at all!
Here’s my daughter (on right) and niece in the dresses that Mom made for them.
This princess dress that I made for my grand daughter is very loosely (same color and has a cape) based on Elsa’s dress from Frozen. I love the blue fabric that I found for it, which, fortunately, is washable.
Can you tell she was having fun modeling for me? (Even though it took a bribe of chocolate candies to get her started.) She’s quite the ham! In fact, it was hard to get clear pictures because she doesn’t stand still for long. I did get a picture of the back of the dress, which has a detachable cape.
Princess Dress Tutorial
*I used some sewing methods for this dress that I normally wouldn’t for a client’s project. I just wanted a quick and easy dress to whip up.
*My grand daughter’s dress is approximately a size 4. You may need more fabric if doing a larger size.
*I took my grand daughter’s measurements to get an idea of how long to make the dress. I measured from her shoulder to floor, shoulder to waist, around her shoulders, waist, and waist to floor.
*I wanted this dress to be very loose, and easy for her to get on and off. There’s no zippers or buttons, and the elastic at the waist and neckline, and the larger arm holes make the dress very simple to put on over her regular clothes.
*I also did a quick mock-up first out of lining to make sure that it would fit her. That dress stays here at Grandma’s house for her to play in.
2 yards fabric for dress – this fabric was 50″ wide
Thread to match fabric
1/4″ elastic 2-3 yards
Lace or gathered fabric for neckline – Lace: 1 1/2 yards Fabric: 1/2 yard
Ribbon – 5/8″ – 3/4″ wide – 2 yards
1 yard fabric
Thread to match fabric
1) Cut 2 top of the dress, and serge around all edges. Here are the measurements I used.
2) Cut 2 pieces of fabric for the ruffle at the bottom of the dress, and serge all 4 sides. My fabric was 50″ wide, yours may not be as wide. If so, you may want to add another pieces to get a fuller ruffle.
3) Sew front and back of the top, right sides together, at the shoulder and side seams. Press seams open.
4) Turn the serged edge under for the armholes. Sew the turned under edge.
5) Mark on wrong side of fabric on front and back sides where the ribbon will be sewn for the elastic waistline. This mark is approximately the same measurement of the child’s shoulder to waist.
6) Sew the ribbon onto the wrong side of top of dress, starting in the back. Following the line that was marked in step #5. Sew both edges of the ribbon, forming a pocket for the elastic.
7) Insert elastic into ribbon pocket. Sew two ends together, making the elastic the measurement of the child’s waist.
8) Turn under the edge of the neckline 1/2″, and sew along serged edge. Making sure to leave a small space unsewn for the insertion of the elastic. Insert elastic, and then sew the two ends of the elastic. The finished elastic measurement for the neck is 22″ – 23″. Sew the opening for the elastic pocket closed.
9) Sew the lace or fabric to the neckline, stretching elastic as you sew.
10) Sew the side seams, right sides together, of the ruffle fabric that was cut out in step#2. Press seams open.
11) Turn up bottom edge of bottom ruffle 1″ and sew edge to make hem.
12) Gather top edge of ruffle. The finished measurement of the ruffle needs to be the same as the bottom edge of the top part of the dress. I have done a video that show two methods for gathering a ruffle.
13) Sew the bottom ruffle to the bottom edge of the top of dress.
14) Optional – I sewed a little snowflake from a Christmas garland onto the neckline on the front of dress.
15) Optional – detachable cape for back of dress. Cut out cape fabric.
16) Serge all four sides of cape fabric.
17) Turn the serged edges of the sides and bottom under to back side of fabric to form hem. Sew hems on all three sides. So not hem the top edge.
18) Gather top edge of cape fabric. Gather to 8″ or so.
19) Sew hook part of velcro to wrong side of top of cape that has been gathered.
20) Sew pieces of the loop part of the velcro to the back side of the dress under the lace or gathered fabric ruffle (sew to right side of fabric).
21) Hook the two parts of the velcro together, attaching the cape to the dress.
The princess in her dress – one more time!
I hope that you decide to sew a princess dress for your little princess, and if you do, please share them here in the comments. I would love to see them!
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