If you’ve been around these parts for Halloween….you will know that this girlie likes to be a pretty unique costume every year. We’ve done Audrey, The Birds’ Woman, My Fair Lady and Jane from Tarzan are all back in the archives somewhere. And this year, she decided she wanted to be Ella from the new Cinderella movie….but not the gown dress…she wanted the peasant dress girl dress. So, we found some pictures and a similar pattern and went to town this week making the dress. This is the original dress she wanted to create, but with the white hair band she wears in another flower picking scene.
And here’s what we came up with…
I love the way it turned out. And she did too…she’s been spinning in it all afternoon.
I used this pattern as a starting point for the bodice and then added the pleating in the middle. The fabric was a cotton underlay with a taffeta overlay that I really loved. I handstitched the lace to the top mostly because I forgot to sandwich it in between when I was doing that middle piece. 😉
The rest of the dress was a gathered skirt with the same overlay and an invisible zipper to close up the back.
The apron is made from a rose colored linen that I found and loved, and I did add a few decorative stitches on the apron to mimic the hand-embroidery from the original costume.
I am hoping people can tell who she is because she is so excited about it! Did you make costumes this year or buy them?