Just look at this face:
I'm a glutton for punishment. Clearly.
How else to explain why I made this Cinderella dress for my 4.5-year-old daughter this week. Mid-way through sewing it she informed me that she doesn't like Cinderella anymore. She likes Merida, the latest Disney Princess (TM) franchise. F. U. Disney:
|Mirror, mirror, on the wall....|
The whole thing probably cost about $8. But it took a lot more time than I had bargained for.
The elastic shirring technique was new to me. It takes a lot of time (probably two nights of sewing for me), but the effect is pretty — AND it means my kid can slip this dress over her own head without any help (or a tantrum). Now that I know how to do it, I plan on making some summer dresses with shirred tops.
I also used my serger's rolled hem function to finish off the skirts. (Like I was going to labor over hemming this!).
I love the addition of the hip poufs:
I highly recommend the tutorial I followed. But I hope if you make this for your kid/niece/random strange child, that she's able to feign a little more enthusiasm than mine did.