As my youngest daughter’s birthday falls just after Halloween we celebrated with a small fancy dress party with a Halloween themed treasure hunt, a haunted house cake, Day of the Dead decorations and printing activity (which I blogged about over at Petit a Petit and Family). For anyone who’s read this blog before it’s probably no secret that I delight in making a costume, but honestly a princess costume wasn’t really what I had in mind. It was however, very firmly what my 4 year old had in mind and no amount of anti-princess culture rants from me could change it.
To give myself a bit of inspiration I secretly turned my princess dress commission into a Marie Antoinette costume but as the end result was met with approval no one needs to know. I tried where possible to make use of fabric I already had and dyed most of the pieces with a tea dye bath to give them all a beige tint. The pattern is a simple self-drafted bodice with 3/4 sleeves and a full gathered skirt, with lots of lace, ribbon, tulle and bead trimming details.The dress fastens at the back with an invisible zip. As is obvious by the photos no ironing was used in the process of making this dress, but the time saved ironing was used in hand gathering ribbon and stitching on details.Despite my best efforts I thoroughly enjoyed making the dress, but don’t tell anyone, or it might weaken my position in those aforementioned anti-princess culture rants.