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.


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