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Halloween Edition: Disney Princesses

Niina Kivelä

Guest Blogger: Sara Lindsay

Disney Princesses

Growing up, my mom used her fabulous seamstress skills to make me dress-up clothes.   My costumes were magic and I played in them for hours.  Every year at Halloween, I had the BEST costumes.  I wanted to give my daughter that same magic and sew outfits for her to wear for her adventures.  To start, I asked my daughter which characters she would like for me to sew, and she chose Belle, Ariel, Jasmine, and Cinderella.  I thought a lot about which Little Lizard King patterns, or pieces of patterns, would give me the silhouette that was consistent with the desired character.  I used the Trendsetter, Amsterdam, & Ruchie (all while singing these are a few of my favorite things!).

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I wanted to make costumes that would survive hot summer days, be made of 100% cotton fabric, and be super comfy.  I wanted costumes that were simplified versions of character dresses, and yet still really cute.   To get started, I chose my FAVORITE pattern … the Little Lizard King Amsterdam.   I wanted to make sure I liked the fit, and it was PERFECTION!!!!  I made the dress following the instructions out of some character fabric.  My daughter wears this dress all the time, and it is always a crowd favorite. Then, the fun really began!  I am so happy with how each piece turned out, and the dresses are great for fun events… or grocery shopping… or whenever.  Friends have even borrowed them for their Disney trips.  

Ariel

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For Ariel, I thought the Ruchie would be a perfect Ariel top.  I made it per the instructions.  The only modification I made, was to iron the pieces ½ inch up along the bottom, so that when I completed the bodice, it was easy to just sew a ¼ seam all across the bottom.  I confess, I bought the mermaid skirt. The Take 5 Skirt would give a very similar look.  

Jasmine

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For Jasmine, I used the Trendsetter bodice and lengthened it 2 inches.  Again, I pre-ironed the bottom of the pieces to make the finishing easy.   I ordered fabulous and reasonable trim, from India for this costume and Cinderella and followed the pattern instructions.   I did add extra width for the ruched bodice, and I would not do that again.  Live and learn, and follow instructions.  I finished the back like the Ruchie back.  

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For Jasmine’s bottoms, I knew the Ruchie shorts would be perfect.  I made an 8 length and a 6 width, but ended up taking the volume of the shorts in a little more.  When I make these again, I would make an 8 length and a 4 width.   Of all the costumes I made, Jasmine is my favorite.

Belle

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For Belle, I used the Amsterdam to get an “inspired by Belle” look.  I found tiny gold trim that my daughter though looked like roses.  For the skirt, I cut the skirt as normal, and then I cut an additional piece, about 2 inches shorter. I layered the shorter piece on top of the skirt pieces.  I measured the shorter skirt piece into 3 sections, and I used 5 inches of ¼ inch elastic stretched to create Belle’s dress’s pickups.  Voile!  

Cinderella

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Cinderella is my daughter’s favorite.   Using the Amsterdam, I embellished the bodice with trim from India.  I free handed the peplums and trimmed the edge.  I attached the peplum to the bodice and then I attached the skirt over the peplum.

Thanks to LLK and some creativity, I have a very happy little girl with lots of new pretties in which to play princess.  This Halloween and always, I cannot wait to see what Little Lizard King inspires you to make.

Blog post Text and Dresses by Sara Lindsay

Blog post Photography by Andrea MacFarland