Cinderella dress-up dress}
This is how I turned a light blue bridesmaid dress (Jessica McClintock Bridal, size 6, full skirt, to the floor) that was worn at my May 1996 wedding into a Cinderella dress-up dress for my 4 year old daughter. 5 bridesmaids wore this light blue dress & about a month ago I got this one from one of my cousins (did you know I have 50 cousins?) She saved it all these years ! Many thanks to my cousin for this for now I have a very sentimental item being worn by my daughter. By the way this cousin is very crafty & should have a craft blog of her own !
You will need:
:: one light blue bridesmaid or prom dress
:: one yard white satin (60 inches wide)
:: fusible interfacing
:: 18 inches of .25 inch elastic for the sleeves
:: enough 1 inch elastic to go around girl's waist plus one inch
:: sewing machine
:: bodice pattern with short sleeves ~ I made modifications to the pattern I used for my daughter's princess Rapunzel dress that I sewed her last summer for her birthday party. The original pattern is found here, but there are so many princess bodice patterns & just regular bodice patterns out there, just google away & you'll find many.
Also I used .5 inch seam allowances, except for attaching the skirt, I used 1 inch seam allowance.
What you do:
Remove the lining from the dress, with a seam ripper by first removing the zipper, then the lining.
hand washing dry clean only items? I searched around & discovered that it costs around $18 to dry clean a bridesmaid dress !!! Hand washing it myself saved me a ton of money.
Sew together the bodice pieces. I wanted this dress to last, so I sewed French seams wherever possible in hopes that it won't fall apart as quickly. Since this is for dress-up I used velcro for the closures (for the ease of taking off & putting on) by attaching 3 three inch strips of velcro.
From the white satin cut out 2 squares that are 28 inches by 30 inches.
Gather the top of the skirt, I used the zigzag over cording method. Attach the skirt to the bodice.
PS Many thanks to the Project Run & Play judges for including my Cinderella dress in the top 6 for the season 4 auditions :)