Princess Pink

I didn’t manage to post my g33k-out entry and have yet to post (or make, but fabrics in the wash) anything for the ‘Denim Never Dies’ so I feel a bit cheeky sneaking in on the ‘Pink’ extra category.  But since this is very pink.  Very, very pink……


I completed most of this in December but this month have had to do a few reinforcements to make it more worthy of the active life of a 4 year old.

Backstory: My husband was away for work and came across a princess dress in a shop that he just knew our daughter would love.  He sent me a photo captioned ‘It’s over $100 though so you could probably make it’  We decided against it because of time restraints but then ‘Fabric-a-brac’ happened and there was a lady there selling bags of lycra remnants for $1 and the next thing I knew my sewing room was a vision in pink and glitter.


I didn’t use a pattern.  Yikes! This is not my usual method of working, I’m an instruction addict.  For the top part, I took a rub-off of one of my daughters form fitting t’shirts, changing the neckline and adding in the seams for the colour blocked sections.  I made it much longer than I needed to as I hadn’t quite figured out how I was going to attach the skirt layers.  I used a facing, overstitched down to finish off the neckline edge of the lycra and made elastic straps encased in a lycra tube.  I created a larger, organza tube for the front detail, this is gathered and secured in the side seams.  I used wash-away knit stabiliser on all the seams.  I love that stuff and am so thankful to TMS contributors for suggesting it to me for a past project.

I was a bit stuck on how to create the skirt layers and how they would then be attached to the lycra top.  So, I rushed off to my sewing mentor who suggested:

~ For the petals, cut right angle triangles of tulle.  Narrowly overlock the longest edge and the gather up along the other two edges (going over the right angle) I made six of these and just adjusted the gathers to suit the under layers of organza

~ For the two organza layers gather them up to a length (I sewed the side seams and overlocked the hem first) that is a bit wider than the waist seam of the lycra.  I gathered it to a length that the lycra would comfortably stretch to.  This was so the stretchiness would be maintained and my daughter would still be able to fit it over her head.

~Cut through the top where the waist would be (allowing for seam allowances) and then sandwich the tulle and organza layers between the two lycra layers and overlock the seam stretching the lycra to match.  This was to make sure there were no scratchy seams or edges.

~ Attach the skirt lining (satin) approx. 2cm below the organza layers, again overlocking it onto the lycra and stretching the lycra to match.

I then vertically gathered up the top layer of organza skirt in places by using a running stitch and attached a flower detail.


So the total cost of this princess dress turned out to be:

Lycra – $1

Organza and tulle – $20

Satin and Roses – gift from my mentors stash

Notions – from my stash

TOTAL – $21 = One Happy Princess


8 thoughts on “Princess Pink

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  2. This is really amazingly cute, I love it and apparantly your daughter does, too! And what a great coincindence your found the lycra remnants for such a great price, here in Europe lycra is terribly expensive. It looks as shiny as it is suitable for a princess and is definitely the best fabric you could have chosen for her to play around in it.


    • Thanks! I haven’t really looked into how much lycra costs here in NZ, having not actually sewn with it before but the $1 remnants were too good to pass up!


  3. That’s increadibly cute! Love it! 😀

    Hey, since you got the fabric from Fabric-a-brac, would it be ok if I put this in one of the posts I do on the Fabric-a-brac blog that are round-ups of things people have made with Fabric-a-brac finds? The blog is here, in case you haven’t seen it before:


  4. She’s adorable and looks so happy in her princess dress. You did a fabulous job on this and I admire how well it turned out without a pattern. I think it’s even more detailed and more elaborate than any costume pattern with “instructions”. 🙂


    • Thank you. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Luckily my sewing mentor has had a lot of experience sewing dance costumes because it was all new to me!


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