Here it is...another princess dress for my little princess :)
This dress is actually something I have been working on since December. Our family was going to take a vacation in December, a week-long Disney Cruise vacation. Momo was going to meet her favorite princess Ariel on board, so I thought we should bring the Ariel dress with us. Well, the vacation did not happen...Momo had a fever the night before we were supposed to leave. This dress was not completed at that time, I was planning on staying all night to finish it. Instead I spent all night taking care of my sick daughter... Then of course we had to cancel our vacation...you can probably imagine how devastating it was to cancel a DISNEY vacation. So Because of this experience I was getting a little bitter feelings when I saw this dress. But I had to finish it. After all, my little girl was waiting for it...no need to make her feel any worse.
Ariel wears this pink dress only briefly in the movie, but it is the dress she is wearing when she appears on most of the princess merchandise. I knew Ariel would be wearing the aqua color dress on the ship just like at the parks, but she never has that on in the movie. I wanted a dress that is from the movie, so I decided to make the pink dress.
This dress is based on Five and Ten Designs Look #10. It is the ultimate pattern for a princess dress, but some modifications were needed to make it into the Ariel's dress, such as:
1. The neckline was made wider and piping trim was added.
2. The sleeves are made puffier to make those ridiculously large puff sleeves Ariel wears.
3. The skirt pieces are cut into 3 pieces just like the original look #1, because only one pick-up in the front center was needed.
I love you, Sebastian!
For the sleeves I refereed to this tutorial: Snow White sleeves -Craftiness is not Optional
My sleeves did not turn out as I imagined. Something went wrong with my pleating. Also they are not as puffy as I wanted them to be, due to the weight of crepe-back satin.
Dance with me, Scuttle!
The main fabric is crepe-back satin I got from Jo-Ann. I also used silver satin for the sleeve accent. Rather than making my own piping with this silver satin, I used the store-bought one because I found this really shiny piping at Hobby Lobby.
The tulle pettiskirt is not attached to the dress. I was planning on attaching it, but as I was making it the volume became overwhelming. I did not want to ruin the dress, so I made it into a separate pettiskirt with cotton lining.
My tulle pettiskirt did not get as much gathering as I thought it would. I do not know what went wrong with my measuring and cutting...I did use all the tulle I had. Next time I will add extra width for more gathering and volume.
Look, I have feet now!
Seeing my little girl enjoying the dress does make me feel a lot better. ;)
Using the dinglehopper...
Hide, Sebastian, hide!
It is the final week of Project Run and Play season 8. The theme of the week is Signature Style. And just like the last season's signature look, I am submitting this Disney princess dress for the challenge. If you have seen my daughter before, you may have seen her as Alice, Belle, Cinderella, Tiana, or Elsa. She was also Little Mermaid Ariel for Halloween last year. Can I call this my signature style? It is for now. Momo and I love Disney and this is how we show our love...sewing and dressing up :)
Thank you, Project Run & Play for another fantastic season! It has been very inspiring to see everyone's projects, and fun to participate the sew-along!