Whether for an adult or a child, for use as a fancy dress costume, play item or for a performance., there are a number of different ways to make a Disney princess costume. From simply assembling readily available items, to making a stunning ball gown from scratch, there are many choices to fit all needs and budgets. Decide on the approach that suits you best, depending on time available, the purpose of the outfit, the available budget and your costume-making abilities.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Fabric and pattern or purchased items
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Accessories, crown or tiara
Find a pattern for a princess dress if you feel you have the skills to sew the outfit from scratch. Then, choose material in the desired colour and fabric and follow the pattern instructions to make the dress. These dresses typically have a scooped neckline with short sleeves, a fitted bodice and a full skirt, but remember there are lots of Disney princesses to choose from so look at a variety of styles before making the final choice.
Cut out any paper pattern pieces before pinning them in place on the fabric, and then cutting them out again. Often these pattern pieces need placing on double fabric. Sections are then usually pinned and tacked, checking that the size is right, before being sewn together. The fullness in the skirt is provided by gathering material, but often a taffeta or net underskirt can improve the fullness and an additional frill at the bottom of the skirt can make it seem fuller still. If it is for a small child it is possible to sew it by hand but less work with a sewing machine.
Look for a second-hand dress that could be altered if it seems too daunting to start from scratch. Charity shops or second-hand shops may well have bridesmaid or prom dresses which are similar in style and can easily be adapted to make a princess costume. Alternatively, a sparkly vest top can be used as a bodice and you can then gather some silky fabric onto a waistband or put elastic through a hem at the top to make a skirt. A net petticoat will give it volume. Then, add a tiara.
Tips and warnings
- If you're making the dress for someone else find out what they see as the key feature -- full skirt or sequined fabric, for example -- and make sure you include this.
- Even something quite plain can be made to look glamorous with a tiara, wand or jewellery.
- Check out the princess costumes available to buy to get some ideas before you start. You might also want to look up examples of Disney princesses from the movies or online resources.
- For a competent seamstress it's an easy job but even someone with no experience can make a Disney princess costume with some time, effort and a suitable pattern.
- Sewing shops are often happy to offer free advice and help
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