There once was a little girl with brown hair named Sarah.
She had been invited to attend her very first Renaissance Faire.
But she had a problem:
Sarah did not have proper clothes befitting her trip back into time.
Sarah is a distant relation of mine and when her mother asked me way back last winter if I would make Sarah a costume, I said absolutely! After all, making princess dresses is VERY important business and getting to play Fairy Godmother is something not to be turned down!
Her mother, Shayna, has a great knack at thrifting, so we spent virtually nothing on materials as she found a very gastly "1980's does Victorian" prom dress which we were able to deconstruct for materials. She shipped it to me and when I pulled it out, I started thinking off ways to save the best of the dress, and scarp the worst parts, all while trying to achieve a Renaissance style instead of Victorian style.
Since this was a costume for a little 3 year old to play in, my goal was not for a historically accurate garment. My goal was for a dress-up costume that made my cousin look...and feel...
like a Little Princess!
This was a very relaxing and fun project. I am already planning Sarah's Christmas gift!
The dress itself is two pieces, a white, pull over the head under-dress with flared blue sleeves; and a blue, sleeveless over dress, which laces up the front.
The under-dress has elastic on the sleeves and the neckline.
The flared "medieval" cut sleeves are fully lined. Looks so sharp!
Lacing and lace details on front overdress bodice.
Notice how incorporated the "Victorian" lace wherever I could?
Eyelets sewn by hand for delicacy.
Thr skirt on the over-dress was salvaged from the hem of the Victorian prom dress, and therefore retains the lace and little "shirred " details. So pretty.
Top stitching on over-dress. The over-dress material was so thin, I triple lined it.
The tops of the over-dress shoulders are not connected--they actually meet and tie through hand-sewn eyelets.
Hope you enjoyed seeing this.
It was a blasts sewing this costume.
So tell me, did you play dress-up when you were young?
Do you remember having a favorite costume?