Inspired by Princess Sofia the First – Dress Tutorial

Inspired by Princess Sofia the First Dress Tutorial - Melly Sews

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). 

So cute! Inspired by Princess Sofia the First Dress Tutorial - Melly Sews

If you haven’t heard of Five and Ten Designs, they are the bloggers behind some of my favorite blogs – Me Sew CrazyGirl, InspiredElegance and ElephantsDelia 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.

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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.

Pretty princess Inspired by Princess Sofia the First Dress Tutorial - Melly Sews

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.

How to measure a circle skirt - tutorial by Melly Sews

Then, I created the scallop on the circle skirt.

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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%)

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To create the purple detail on the front bodice, I zig-zag stitched over purple cording.

 

Front detail Inspired by Princess Sofia the First Dress Tutorial - Melly Sews

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.

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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.

Twirling in Inspired by Princess Sofia the First Dress Tutorial - Melly Sews

Which might cause your crown to fall down.

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And then you’d have to hold it on your head.

Holding up the crown with Inspired by Princess Sofia the First Dress Tutorial - Melly Sews

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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Comments

  1. says

    This is amazing!! Addie loves Princess Sophia so I thought I might be able to get her to wear her purple gown, but she says she wants to be (what’s the sister’s name?) – I think I might have to do another one in yellow. Did you use the Radiance in Wisteria for this one? Love the touches that made it Sophia inspired – thanks for the great review, Melissa!

  2. says

    So sweet. Belated birthday wishes to your darling niece . My daughter loves the series Sofia the first and in fact had placed a custom order for a similar dress and it has been in my to-do list for long, now I guess I have to get up and do it and oh yes it will be in bright fuschia pink though . Thanks for the inspiration and all those lovey details clearly explained .

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