Princess Play Dress

DIY Princess Dress

My littlest is a happy kid clad in pink. We had a bit of a change of heart right before Halloween and the rather desperate request to be a pink princess. I rolled out to the store to find myself some tulle, shiny fabric, and all other things pretty pink princess.

DIY Princess DressThe dress she had seen and fallen madly in love with was the 5 & 10 Designs. For those who aren’t familiar 5 & 10 Design is a compilation ebook from 5 designers that creates 10 looks from one pattern block.

I had been eyeing up the design book for awhile, this seemed like a good excuse. I was only a bit bummed I had waited until October to buy it since the few looks I was in love with were very summer. However, they just released a free add on long sleeve. And I see some more winter inspiration getting ready to pop up. I believe there will be a black friday deal so be sure to check it out.

Princess Dress for the costume bin

I made the dress over 2 nights in a frenzied, “It isn’t Halloween yet right!!?!” I lined the whole thing in a nice cotton. I don’t think I would have made it otherwise. The cotton stabilized the slippery shiny synthetic that was trying to shred apart as I sewed it. Fair disclosure I was NOT using expensive fabric.

Princess Dress for the costume binShe’s happy and that is what counts right? It won’t stand as my finest work of sewing, but it really has a wow factor not entirely captured in my cloudy day pictures. So I will say there is a TON of tulle in this dress. It stands up by itself not on the child. I think for a younger child it would be helpful to reduce the amount of tulle in the skirt. To make it a bit more manageable to navigate in.

Princess Dress for the costume bin

It’s a bit hard to tell midspin, but I swapped out the button back for a stretch of Velcro. Since we were using this for Halloween and play dress up, and I was in a time crunch, and I’m certain that my machine would have chewed this material to pieces it seemed the best solution. I stand by my choice.

Princess Dress for the costume binThe tutorial was clear and well written. I think it would be helpful to construct the basic dress first, but not necessary.

I made only one miscalculation. Our neighborhood is very flat. With easy walking distances between houses. We went over to a friend’s house to trick or treat with little buddies. Their entire neighborhood sits on rolling hills. All of the house have a dozen plus steps leading to their front doors. Which quickly became problematic since she can’t go up and down steps in the giant tulle dress. She fought through two houses, and then demanded to be carried up the stairs- set in front of the door- and carried back down. She was much happier to get back to our flat neighborhood!


All in all a great dress for the play clothes collection. She has worn it several times since Halloween. I’m excited to sew up some more of the tutorials. You can find the ebook here if you would like to check it out.

Happy Sewing,


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  • Amy mayen November 29, 2013, 11:02 am

    As soon as I saw the title of this post I flew over here to see:) I love it! I say, add more tulle, and build her a throne so she can be carried around. Love!! And her little personality is really making itself known, I can tell how much she loves that dress:)

  • April December 2, 2013, 11:07 am

    Oh my goodness. What a perfect, pink princess dress! And I think the Velcro is a genius idea!

  • Pam December 2, 2013, 10:34 pm

    Every dress up box needs a princess dress… awesome!!! I’m sure it will get lots of use.

  • Cindy December 3, 2013, 6:43 pm

    It’s the perfect pink princess dress! Love it!

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