This is the finished dress you saw a peek of in an earlier post. I made dresses similar to this for our first trip to WDW three years ago. I thought they were totally cute but the ingrate children didn't seem real enthusiastic at the time. (see the dresses here).
So the next trip I assumed they would not be missed and decided not to add it to my already long to-do list. Wrongo! When the time came to pack, they were horrified to have no special Disney dress to wear. After the oldest broke down in tears, I let her wear the one from the year before but she had to wear it with pants because it was more like a tunic after her crazy growth spurt. Lesson learned.
So this time I asked what they wanted and the oldest went with Pluto. I searched around for images of Pluto and found this puppy version that was a collectible pin design. Fairly simple to applique, using interfacing on the fabric and Heat N Bond on the back of the applique pieces.
The dress pattern for both was made by tracing half of this dress and adding some width and length for growth. Despite the simplicity of the dress design I managed to screw it up on the oldest's (forgot to take out the zipper seam allowance on the front piece) and that's why there is a pleat in the front at the neckline. But it's all good.
This is the youngest's. When she chose Rapunzel I immediately thought of Rapunzel's pretty lantern painting from the movie and told myself that was too crazy and too complicated and to just do a simple purple figure with long hair, but somehow I ended up doing the crazy painting anyway and was still feverishly sewing at 11pm on the night before we left. Ridiculous right? Yes.
I located an internet image of the painting and roughly sketched the pieces onto freezer paper that had an outline of the dress on it. Then I used tracing paper to cut out individual pieces for the hills, trees, and Rapunzel. The lanterns I just cut freehand. I told myself it would be foolhardy to applique it without something for backing, but reason went out the window about 10pm and I just did it without. It still turned out ok. Oh my word. All the many, many lantern pieces to zig zag around. What was I thinking?
This is the back. The large olive green piece for the hills on the front and back is pieced, not appliqued.
I didn't realize I'd deprived myself of the ideal household photo spot (blue wall, white shelf with hooks, near a window) by putting a much-needed book shelf there. I scoured the house for an alternate location and ended up having to drive a nail into the wall on our screened porch. I guess I should put up some pretty hooks since this spot will have to do until the girls' room is rearranged. I'm thinking about getting them bunk beds. I hate bunk beds. But I desperately need the space in there.