Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Simplicity 2563 : Pink Cinderella

We all know Cinderella's dress is blue, but when you are 2 years old, everything has to be pink!
So, here is our pink Cinderella.
Her dress is made from Simplicity 2563, which is an official Disney Princess costume pattern.  Simplicity also publishes this pattern in the girls and misses size ranges, for all of your princess needs.  As far as costume patterns go, this one is pretty good.  The bodice is faux lined (that is, you sew the shoulder seams of bodice and lining separately, attach them at the neckline and then treat them as one).  I'm not a fan of that, since part of the point of lining to me is to have a clean finish on the inside, so I lined it the traditional way.  It does run a bit large.  Myra is currently between a size 1 and 2, so I made the 2.  I had to pin it up in back to keep in on her shoulders.  Part of that is that the neckline is quite low, but then so was Cinderella's.  It is also drafted with a VERY long skirt.  The photos on the pattern envelope would have you believe that this is a knee length dress.  In fact, in order to get the length you see, which drags the floor on Myra, I had to remove 5 inches and do a 2 inch deep hem.
Here is the inside.  The lining is a dark pink poly crepe that my mother gave me.  I did get a bit lazy and set in the sleeves with bodice and lining as one, then bound those ugly seam allowances with bias tape.  Of course, I used an invisible zip.  I'm not sure I'll ever center a zipper again.  I'm not very good at it, and invisible zips are so easy.  To finish the skirt seams (which I didn't line), I double stitched and pinked, and I pinked the seam at center back under the zipper tape.
This dress was actually pretty fun to sew, or at least it would have been if I had not been using wretched polyester.  I have nothing good to say about this fabric.  Ick.
Myra is delighted with her dress though.  In the end, that is all that really matters.

18 comments:

  1. That is gorgeous. I really looked at the picture on the pattern. I never noticed Cindy likes to show off the goods. Was this for Halloween or for fun?

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  2. Oh my goodness!! She is tooooo cute! Love the dress!

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  3. Your princess looks very happy and cute.
    Careful, next she'll be demanding glass slippers!

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  4. So cute! My only experience to date with gored skirts was a Sleeping Beauty Costume I made for a niece. If I recall it took about 758473 yards of fabric. :)

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  5. Thanks, y'all!
    Jess - It was just for fun. Although if I don't get Red Riding Hood done, at least I have a backup! :-)
    auntninn - That sounds like a fair approximation of how much fabric this thing took! I could have made 3 dresses for myself.

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  6. She is so cute! You did a lovely job on the dress and she is obviously thrilled with it.

    Btw, I feel the same when it comes to invisible zips vs. centered zips. The invisible ones are soooo much easier to put in and look much cleaner. I'm not sure I wanted to used a centered zipper again, either.

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  7. I love it!
    She is looking like a big sister.
    "for all your princess needs" made me laugh.

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  8. Yes, there is a bit of cleavage showing. That doesn't stop her from being FREAKIN' CUTE!!!!

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  9. What a cutie! This dress has to be nearly every little girl's dream! - Karen

    http://flamingoks.blogspot.com/

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  10. Lucky little princess! With side skirts and everything! I remember as a child being totally in love with feminine dresses.

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  11. Lucky little princess! With side skirts and everything! I remember as a child being totally in love with feminine dresses.

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  12. And a princess she is! I hope she carries that feeling throughout her life!

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  13. So cute! The beauty of sewing is that you can have a pink Cinderella dress if you want.

    And I hear you on the zips. On the rare occasion when I have to use a regular zip (usually where the fabric is too thick for an invisible to work) they look horrible because I'm so out of practice.

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  14. Very nicely done. It should fit her for a couple of years.

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  15. Myra looks so adorable in her Cinderella dress! I just bought the adult sized Disney princess pattern and supplies for my daughter's friend for Halloween...heading the England next week to help her make it! Hope Kaitie is as happy with her dress as Myra is!

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  16. Oh my just gorgeous. Love it! What a doll!

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