Today I’m going to show you my inspired by Princess Sofia the First dress tutorial. Well, part of it is a tutorial, but part of it was sewn from the Five and Ten Designs Volume 1 ebook. (Disclaimer – I was give a copy of this ebook. All opinions are my own, as always).
If you haven’t heard of Five and Ten Designs, they are the bloggers behind some of my favorite blogs - Me Sew Crazy, Girl, Inspired, Elegance and Elephants, Delia Creates and Craftiness is Not Optional. The ebook includes a basic bodice pattern and then 10 tutorials to sew and alter it to make different looks.
This dress is based on Look 10, which is a gorgeous princess dress. I pretty much followed the pattern and tutorial, except I added a scalloped circle skirt in between the tulle and pickup layers that are in the pattern.
So here’s the tutorial for how I did that addition, and how I added the embellishments.
To start, I cut out a circle skirt for Baby Girl. Since this is a dress up costume, I cut it a little big for her so she can hopefully wear/play with it for a couple years.
Then, I created the scallop on the circle skirt.
I used freezer paper stenciling to create the designs that Princess Sofia has on her skirt. You can create the same thing using my stencil. (Note on the stencil – if you print at 100%, you will get a circle with a diameter of 8.5″. If you would like a bigger circle – mine is 10″ – scale up in Adobe Reader. The one I used is scaled at 120%)
To create the purple detail on the front bodice, I zig-zag stitched over purple cording.
I used a zig-zag stitch similarly to attach the the beaded trim to the bodice and hem. I set my adjustable zipper foot way to the side so the needle wouldn’t hit it, and then one side of the stitch went through the trim and the other side just hit the fabric.
Since this is for dress up play, I used Velcro instead of buttons, and I slit the skirt up the back and attached the overskirts to the lining under the tulle. The dress can literally stand on its own, and it’s so full you can’t see the slit up the back. Unless you start doing some serious twirling.
Which might cause your crown to fall down.
And then you’d have to hold it on your head.
The directions for this dress in the Five and Ten Designs Volume 1 ebook were very thorough and easy to follow, and even though this dress is the most difficult one in there I think advanced beginners could handle it. The hardest part is wrestling the layers of tulle.
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