making a pattern for a princess bodice minidress: a repost

Draping A Princess BodiceBasic Princess Bodice

This is the finished princess line dress. Isabelle picked out some bright Hawaiian print polyseter for 2 dollars a yard on our last trip downtown. I tried to talk her out of it because it was  synthetic and stiff , a fabric that frays a lot when you work with it. We decided it was like the fabric that a Barbie dress is made of so she designed a Barbie Dress for herself and I made it.
Draping a princess line bodice and adding style lines.
Checking fit.
Taping to a paper bag and adding seam allowances to make a working pattern
I drafted a half circle skirt directly on paper because it’s easier than draping a circular skirt. I had to make sure the waistline matched my bodice pattern before I finalized it.
Isabelle in the Barbie Dress. Luckily her measurements are the same as my dress form so no changes in the pattern were needed.
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-McKenzie

Comments

  1. Victoria says

    The dress turned out darling. Does she still wear it? And, what an easy pattern to make, thanks for returning to an old post.

  2. lily says

    My dress forms are from a local fashion school that was selling them. Your best bet is to buy the adjustable ones at Joann fabric when they have a sale or look on Craigslist. And to Victoria, my daughter decided she didn’t like the fabric after all and only wore the dress once!

  3. says

    What do you do with fabric that frays a lot? I have had so much trouble with my seams just splitting open when only a little pressure is applied. Your daughter looks very cute in the dress.

  4. says

    What do you do with fabric that frays a lot? I have had so much trouble with my seams just splitting open when only a little pressure is applied. Your daughter looks very cute in the dress.

  5. Sew Country Chick says

    Well Rachel, you need to either go over your fabric with a zig zag stitch or use inking shears. I use a serger for finishing my seams.

  6. Debbie says

    When I was a teen, I wore princess lined dresses. Your daughter looks cute in the dress. To bad she will not wear it.

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