Darling Custom Cinderella Dress By That’s Sew Kari

by Destri on October 19, 2013

Happy Saturday friends! I was browsing Facebook the other day when I came across this beautiful Cinderella Dress created by Kari of , and knew I had to share. Isn’t it a work of art?  My daughter would FLIP!  She takes custom orders, and I am really tempted with the Sofia The First Dress she makes.

I love her story too – I could have wrote it myself.  I can’t believe she has only been sewing for a year – she is quite the talent.  Be sure to check out her fabulous work on her blog!  Now here is Kari with more on the dress!

Once upon a time I was a stay-at-home mom of two looking for a hobby.  My mom had sewn all while I was growing up, but it had been a couple decades since I had even been around a sewing machine.  Last year, I took the plunge and purchased a sewing machine of my own.   And thus, my story begins…

I LOVE to create!  Being able to take a plain piece of fabric and turn it into something magnificent is more than a hobby for me; it’s my passion.  A customer of mine recently gave me the challenge to create a Cinderella dress for her daughter.  The catch? Her 4 year old was adamant that it be pink in color.   Great!  The dress that the mice and birds created for Cinderella was pink and in my opinion doesn’t get the spotlight it deserves.  I turned to the Internet to look for images from the movie for inspiration.

I had the perfect pattern to create the ultimate princess dress –   by .  It was a pattern begging to be turned into Cinderella and really, I only added a few extra details that were not in the pattern to create Cinderella.

Here is what I added:

  • Additional lace to the bottom of the sleeves and enclosed it in the seam by making my sleeve band two separate pieces.  This way, the top of the lace which can sometimes be scratchy doesn’t touch any skin.
  • The ribbon on the bodice.  I hid the seam of the ribbon under the bow and then took it down into the side seams of the bodice.
  • A white satin collar on each side of the neck.
  • Tiny bows on the back bodice to conceal my snaps.
The pattern contained everything else – the scalloped and ruffled top skirt, hemmed underskirt, puffy sleeves,and the bow pattern  The pattern is wonderful!  It comes in sizes 6m – girls 10 so it will last for years.  With its plethora of options (4 sleeves, 2 bodice fits, 2 top skirts and 2 underskirts), it can be made so many times before you repeat! (210 times if my math is correct!).  This is a PDF pattern and I love that it’s instant gratification.  You can purchase from either  or  and it’s instant download.
Some things to expect from a Candy Castle Pattern:
  • All pattern pieces are nested and color-coded for each size.
  • There is a diagram at the beginning of the tutorial to show you how to tape the pattern together.
  • Measurement chart at the beginning of each pattern to ensure the best fit.
  • Cutting charts for straight cuts given in both imperial (inches) and metric (centimeters).
  • Step-by-step instructions with clear photos and lots of helpful tips.
  • All patterns are thoroughly tested in each size.
  • Extra support and help available in the  on Facebook.

Of course, if you’d like to skip the work, but still dress your little princess as if she’s off to the ball, I take custom orders!  You can contact me via  or  and I can make your little girl’s dreams come true.  This is actually one of 3 of these dresses I’ve made.  I’ve also made and  (and many more princesses on the way)!  I’ve also got a blog () and you can get a peek at all of the Candy Castle Patterns there as well as other projects I’ve done!

Thanks to Family Corner for inviting me to share my dress with you all!  I was really excited when she contacted me.  Hope you all enjoyed!

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