Monday, October 3, 2011

disney dresses the sequel


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.

17 comments:

  1. As soon as I saw the Rapunzel dress, I immediately knew it was from the movie Tangled ~ wow ! I'm impressed that must have taken a lot of time, so much love put into it for your daughter :)

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  2. Wow! That Rapunzel dress is totally amazing. Hope your little girl LOVED it :))

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  3. Love the Repunzel dress!!!!! My daughter would LOVE that!! Well done!! :)

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  4. Both dresses are beautiful!!!! I like them very much....

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  5. Aw, thanks you guys! When I showed the youngest her Rapunzel dress she said "Wow. I thought you would just do, you know, Rapunzel's face." Then she glanced at me and seemed to sense the breakdown coming. Then she said "But I really like it!"

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  6. i love love love that rapunzel dress!!! i totally want one in MY size!

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  7. Would we have expected any less from you than last thing the night before?! ;) You sure do work well under pressure! I love both dresses, but the Rapunzel one is fantastic!!

    So you forgot to take out for the zipper seam allowance... I think that little pleat adds something! And I forgot to ADD some length for a pattern adjustment I'd made... my splices look like pockets. ;) We live and learn.....

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  8. I love them both, Larissa, but the tangled one is insane! Sooo pretty and unique!!

    hugs from Brazil!

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  9. those are really cute! I like the pleat pluto dress (even if it wasn't intentional). Hope you had a good time!

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  10. Such cute ideas! What we do for our kids, huh? I hear you on the bunk beds - when kids share it's almost inevitable to have enough space, though. :-/ Dealing with that right now in our home. At least you're not alone.

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  11. Love the idea. I am taking my daughter to Disneyland and now I must maker her an outfit!

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  12. love the repunzel dress and so does my daughter, in her words
    "thats my punzel dress for my tower". She adores all things girly and never thought of doing something like that for her but I am totally stealing this Idea, (only for personal use) After I finish my other sewing Ideas.

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  13. thank you everybody! Chantal, glad to inspire! Tip: allow yourself more than one day to get the job done!

    Grandma G, I know right? I just wish I'd hurry up and learn so I'd quit making idiot mistakes.

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  14. Oh I absolutely LOVE the dress! Fantastic:)

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  15. The Tangled dress looks like it was a pretty epic project to take on the night before a trip! Turned out great. I can so relate to that. I finished my nephew's birthday gift at 1 am the day of our road trip, in which we left at 6 am. I hope he LOVES that bag, that's all I can say :).

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  16. That dress is Ridiculous! Love it. It was totally worth it, don't you think? Good job, Mama.

    Bunk beds aren't so bad. Kids adore them, for the most part. I've pretty much settled on a couple of sets of Ikea's Mydal for The Big Move. One bunk will be reserved for you. I know, no need to thank me...

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  17. This is great! That was the best part about the story, you captured it very well :)

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