Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Closer Look at Cinderella Princess Dress Kits

Cinderella has always been my favorite princess.  Today we are going to take a closer look at the Cinderella dress kits.  Princess dress kits come with everything you need to recreate your own princess dress from size 1/2 up to 8.  You receive beautiful Fairy Frost fabric from Michael Miller, elastic for the neck and sleeves and black ribbon to make a cute bow at the neckline.  You can even buy the pattern in one stop if you do not already own it.  All you need is a sewing machine and other basic supplies you already own such as scissors and thread.

Cinderella's dress uses a light blue fairy frost fabric and has white peplums and sleeves.  Fairy Frost fabric isn't just plain boring solid fabric.  It has depth, different tones and shimmer.  The quality is top notch too.  If you have never seen this fabric in person you are in for a treat!  Even the white has depth to it but it is hard to capture in photos.

In the pattern there are 2 options in which you can sew the peplum.  The first is using 1 layer and doing a rolled hem with your serger.  The second is using 2 layers and making a lined peplum.  You will receive enough fabric to make the lined version.  I know not everyone has a serger and I prefer the finished look of this method over the first.  The peplums are then gathered and sandwiched between the bodice and the skirt.
Another great thing about this dress is that there is a sash.  You can tie it as tight as you want for a better fit and allows room for growth.  This dress will not just fit for only a few months!  Made for Mermaids peasant dresses are shaped.  This means that there are full pattern pieces for the front, back and sleeves.  The front is lower than the back.  Some other peasant patterns out there are just measurements with an armhole cutout.  My opinion is the way Made for Mermaids does it is 1000000x better.  The fit is more flattering and more comfortable as well.
Another sweet detail is the cute little bow at the neckline.  You will receive enough ribbon to make a bow on your dress too and without buying a whole spool of ribbon to do so!
This dress would be perfect to wear to a Disney trip, Halloween, or just wear out and about.  It is cuter and more comfortable then itchy store bought princess costumes.  Another plus is that it is fully washable and dryable! 
The Cinderella kit can be found here:
I am going to leave you with some more cute photos of the Cinderella dress in action.  All photos from this post were taken by Kristina Kazarian Photography and .  She is located in Orange County, California.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Princess Dress DIY Fabric Kits!

In preparation for my daughter's 7th birthday party I decided to make her a Snow White dress to go with the princess theme.  I decided to use the Everyday Snow White Pattern from Made For Mermaids and chose to make it with Michael Miller's Fairy Frost.  I fell in love with this fabric and thought it makes a perfect princess dress suitable for everyday use.  The dress turned out so awesome that I had an idea to put together dress kits with everything you need to recreate princess dresses with the Fairy Frost fabric.  I approached Megan from Made for Mermaids and she liked my idea as well so for the last few months I have been working hard on creating the perfect princess dresses and turning them into kits.

What is so great about Fairy Frost fabric you might ask?  Well to start it is 100% cotton making it washable and dryable.  Also, not only is it easy to work with but comfortable to wear too!  However, it doesn't just look like boring solid color cotton.  The fabric has subtitle tones to it and shimmer (sometimes glitter).  So it looks fancy while being practical at the same time.

Made for Mermaids patterns are also awesome as well.  Most are peasant dresses but what makes hers different is they are shaped (i.e the front and back are not the same cut with the back higher than the front).  I think this makes a more comfortable and better looking dress.  Her directions are excellent too, even for a beginner.  Let me tell you, I am far from a beginner but I suck at putting in zippers.  When I made the Anna dress I put the zipper in right the first time and didn't even have to use my seam ripper!

Now to get back to the kits....  They all contain everything you need (minus the sewing machine and notions like thread and scissors) to recreate the princess dresses shown in the photos for each listing.  I have taken the guess work out of which fabric colors go best for each dress.  It is hard when looking at a computer screen to know which color will be the best choice (especially since there are over 100 fairy frost colors).  I also provide the exact amount of trim and elastic you need.  What that means is you don't have to buy a whole spool of ribbon just to get the small amount you need!  Each listing lists what is included in that particular kit.  They are all made using patterns from Made for Mermaids.  So, the pattern is needed in addition to the fabric.  There are two options to buy.  If you already have the pattern needed or would rather buy it directly from Made for Mermaids then you can choose just to buy the fabric.  If you do not own the pattern you can choose to buy the fabric and the pattern together at the same time.  Then I will email you the pattern within 24 hours.

As of this date I have 5 kits.  Anna, Snow White, Cinderella, Belle and Rapunzel.  Sleeping Beauty is coming soon.  They can be found on my Etsy or website.  Right now they are on sale on the website only through this coming weekend.

Now for some pretty photos.  The following photos were taken by a photographer local to me in Orange County California.  So, if you live near me check her out.  Here is her info: Kristina Kazarian Photography and


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