If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen a photo I posted of this little dress right before the beginning of Kid's Clothes Week. It was around a month ago that I made it. At the time I had 3 custom orders on the go and was going into KCW, but then I had a sudden urge to make this little dress! (Craziness!)
When the kids went away with my Mum in the school holidays Isabelle became fascinated with my childhood ‘Beauty & the Beast’ book. Because of her newfound fascination we decided to go with a ‘Beauty & the Beast’ / Royal/ Princess theme for her upcoming 5th birthday (which is THIS Thursday! Eeek!) I wasn’t planning on making her dress straight away, but then Spotlight discounted it’s satin and tulle, so I took it as a sign. I bought a metre of satin (used on the bodice outer and underskirt), rayon (overskirt and bodice lining) and also a small bit of tulle (I was going to use this for a little detail around her shoulders, but decided to keep it simple.) All up it cost $13 I think.
The pattern I used was The Little Kiwis Closet Scalloped Princess Dress with a couple of modifications. My petite almost 5 year old usually still wears a size 4 normally but I want this to last for a bit so I made a size 5 but with a size 4 skirt length. My first modification was accidental – I hadn’t bought enough fabric to do a complete circle skirt, so I cut 2 half circles with added seam allowances and joined them together. The second modification was the overskirt. For inspiration I was wanting to achieve something like this, and I found this tutorial on how to do the ruching (you essentially stretch sew pieces of elastic to get this effect.) I didn’t follow the tutorial exactly, but just enough to get the look as per my inspiration image.
Isabelle is also wearing an pettiskirt underneath which gives dress a bit more lift!
I can’t wait until Isabelle wears it at her Beauty & Beast party this coming Saturday.