Girl Child is such a girlie girl. She loves a fancy princess dress. I loved this butterfly fabric when I found it on clearance at my Joann store. I didn’t know what to do with it so I held off on buying it while I browsed for ideas. When I went looking for ideas for the mermaid blanket, I also found a pattern freebie for a Cinderella inspired play dress at Made for Mermaids. A full tutorial is available at Made for Mermaids as well. I will warn you that this particular freebie only comes in size 5 so you will have to adjust for any other sizes on your own. The top fit my little one exactly as I would expect for a size 5. She has a little wiggle room to grow into it. I had to shorten the skirt by about 5 inches and it is still in the potential trip hazard zone. I decided to leave the length for her as she grows. The designer must have a rather tall 5 year old.
Changes I made from the tutorial:
- I shortened the skirt by 5 inches even though my daughter is 43 inches, which is only 1 inch shorter than what she listed as her daughter’s height. Another blogger you tried this pattern mentioned that she shortened it by about 4 inches as well.
- I sewed the skirt to only the front of the bodice and then hand sewed the lining over the seam for a finished edge with no itchy fabric against the skin.
- I saved some time by serging the bottom of the skirt lining rather than hemming it.
- I inserted a zipper rather than using velcro. The center back is marked on the pattern, which was helpful for placement.
The dress was a lot of fun to make and Girl Child is over the moon about it. She has worn it to the playground, out for dinner, all over. I made sure to buy only machine washable fabrics because I knew she would wear it everywhere. She has already asked if she can wear it for picture day next year at school. She has this idea that picture day should be done in a princess dress! She wore her purchased pink princess dress for her preschool picture. It was too cute! And she didn’t care one bit that she was the most dressed up person at the school!
I bought all of the supplies in purple too. I may try to alter the pattern for a size 6 if I can get Girl Child to wait that long.