I had the white sheet, elastic and wooden dowel in my stash, so all I needed to buy was a little gold lame and some wings. (I splurged a little and bought the wings and halo set off ebay - totally worth $22. They are gorgeous in person.)
She loves it! I want to paint a face mask like this one. We played in my makeup a little bit to see if I had anything gold that could work, but I don't... I think I'll hit Party City and pick up some gold face paint.
I made this dress using my free peasant dress pattern and I will show you the changes I made to the pattern to create the tiers and collar.
Are you ready? You will need:
- At least 2 yards of fabric- I used a flat sheet.
- optional: 1/4 yard for trim or about 160 inches of store bought double fold bias tape (I used my bias tape maker - that thing rocks!)
- 1/4 inch elastic
- Basic Sewing supplies
- iron/sprays starch
- Peasant Dress Pattern (Print here: size 2t/3t & 4/7 bodice pattern, size 2t/3t & 4/7 sleeve pattern) (This pattern also comes in a 12 to 18 month, but I didn't think anyone would want their baby tripping over a floor length dress...)
These instructions are based on the assumption that you already have basic sewing skills like creating casings, gathering fabric and adding ruffles. (If you need help, this dress is a combination of my Modern Peasant Dress tutorial and my tiered pillow case dress tutorial, so visit those two posts if you need to refresh your skills.
Step 1: Print pattern and cut out pattern pieces.
Fold your fabric in half and line up the bodice pattern on the fold. Use a ruler and add 4.5 inches to the top of the bodice pattern. (If you are making a size 7, add an additional .5 inches to the neckline.) Cut out 2 (a front and back).
Fold your fabric in half again and line up the sleeve pattern on the fold. Use a ruler and add 4.5 inches to the top of the bodice pattern (If you are making a size 7, add an additional .5 inches to the neckline) and 3.5 to the bottom of the pattern. Cut out 2.
For the tiers, cut 3 strips of fabric to these dimensions:
2t: 1st tier: 5.25 by 48 inches, 2nd tier: 7.25 by 78 inches, 3rd tier: 10.25 by 108 inches
3t: 1st tier: 5.5 by 48 inches, 2nd tier: 7.75 by 78 inches, 3rd tier: 10.5 by 108 inches
4: 1st tier: 6 by 48 inches, 2nd tier: 8 by 78 inches, 3rd tier: 10.75 by 108 inches
5: 1st tier: 6.75 by 48 inches, 2nd tier: 8.75 by 78 inches, 3rd tier: 11.25 by 108 inches
6: 1st tier: 7.5 by 48 inches, 2nd tier: 9.5 by 78 inches, 3rd tier: 11.75 by 108 inches
7: 1st tier: 8 by 48 inches, 2nd tier: 10.25 by 78 inches, 3rd tier: 12.5 by 108 inches
(If you are not using a flat sheet, you will need to cut several pieces and sew them together to get the width needed.)
Step 2: Assembling the dress.
Sew the sleeves and bodice together the normal way for a peasant dress. Go here for more in depth instructions.
Gather the 3rd tier to the width of the 2nd tier and attach to the bottom of the 3rd tier.
Line up the sides of the tiers and sew the skirt together.
Gather the top of the first tier to the width of the bodice and attach the skirt to the bodice.
Step 3: Creating the standing collar and casing.
Finish the top edge of the neckline with a serger or zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.
Fold over the top of the neckline 2.5 inches. Iron well and use spray starch. (Just pretend my bodice was sewn together and the top edge was finished in the photo below...)
Sew a 3/8 inch casing around the neckline, about 1/8 inch from the bottom of the folded neckline. Don't forget to leave a n opening to thread the elastic into.
Thread the elastic through the casing and try on the dress and and adjust the elastic as necessary for the perfect fit.
Sew the elastic together and casing closed.
Step 4: Hemming the dress or optional trim.
Optional sleeve and bottom hem treatment. You can hem the sleeves and bottom with a simple 1/4 inch narrow hem or add double fold bias tape to the edge. (Sandwich the edge of the fabric in the double fold bias tape and see along the edge.) If you are using yardage to make the trim, good news, the fabric does not have to be cut on the bias.
Cut your fabric strips 1 7/8 inches wide and use this method to make the trim:
Step 5: Create the sash.
Or, if your bow is in the front, you could chose to sew together two pieces of fabric, cut the width of the fabric. It just depends on where you want the location of the seam.
And your dress is done!!
Do you want to make a magic wand too? It's easy.
You need a long dowel, fabric, stuffing hot glue and ribbon.
Cut out 2, 5.5 inch stars from your fabric (I printed a star shape out, so it would be pretty.)
Line up the stars with the fabric wrong sides together and sew a zig zag stitch around the edges. Leave a 1 inch opening for the stuffing and dowel. Trim any excess fabric and use a little fray check where necessary.
Stuff your star with stuffing. Add the dowel and use a generous amount of hot glue to hold it in place. Sew the rest of the opening closed if you need to after applying the glue. Cut a few ribbons to about 24 inches (Or however long you want them- mine were muck longer because I curled wrapping paper ribbon.). Sew or hot glue them together at the middle and hot glue to the wand.
Have fun! Now... Random question - Does it bother you that I like to use the serious looking (non-smiling) pictures in my posts? Just curious, sometimes I see random comments about her not smiling... (She actually likes to pose as long as I keep it short and fun. (Plus, she is earning points for Build-a-Bear.)
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