A Rainy Day Belle

We were meant to go camping this weekend but decided to stay at home after the weather map showed a true Scottish summer was on its way.

With Miniest Me and Mr King down for afternoon naps (one of them is a baby and the other has just come off night shifts) Mini Me and I had to entertain ourselves. I offered to help her make a princess dress. Unsurprisingly she was quite happy with this option. Am I a bad mother for using my daughter’s demand for princess dresses to satisfy my demand for sewing on a rainy day??

I’d bought this yellow stretch velvet months ago to make her a Snow White dress but today she declared only Belle would do.

After a quick Google we drew up a sketch and started cutting. Yet again I’ve used simplicity’s Elsa dress pattern as a basic bodice. It was stretch velvet so I dispatched with the zip and tried to nip in the bodice. I could have brought it in further but she’s such a fidget it needs some room for playing.

For the skirt I gathered it in using my ruffler foot before overlocking the bodice to the skirt. The final job was to use the ruffler foot in parallel lines up the skirt. I really should have marked some distances but I had a mini slave driver standing over me demanding her dress so it’s all a bit higgeldy piggeldy. It worked though.

Kiddy winkle seems happy with the final product.

19 thoughts on “A Rainy Day Belle

  1. Gorgeous!! My kiddos would love something like that. I’ve never used a ruffled foot—I may have to investigate!


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