Here’s your chance to make a Princess Dress for your little one with this Princess Dress FREE sewing pattern (size 3).
The Princess Dress in size 3 fits a chest of 21″, a waist of 20.5″, and a height of 38″. The designer, Sew A Little Seam, has also very generously included a free pattern for the gloves.
The designer made the dress for her daughter for Halloween. Her daughter wanted to be Princess Belle.
The designer was not sure who was more excited about this dress, herself or her daughter. She had so much fun creating it and seeing how happy it made her daughter was an added bonus.
As far as the fabric was concerned, the pretty embroidered gold lace fabric was used for an overlay on the bodice and for the top layer of the skirt. There is a layer of yellow organza under the lace and under that a layer of white organza. Then there are two layers of light yellow tulle and one final layer of soft blush tulle.
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The back of the bodice is cotton Lycra so that no zippers or fasteners are needed. The front of the bodice is one layer of cotton Lycra and one layer of the yellow organza with the lace topstitched on last.
The shawl that wraps around the shoulders and goes down the back is made with the yellow organza. Flower petals were hand sewed on the shawl and along the front of the skirt.
For Halloween night the designer added some rope lights between the layers of the skirt and just safety pinned them around so she could take them out after Halloween. The battery pack sat inside the yoga waistband on a pair of leggings.
She also sewed up a pair of gloves for her daughter for Halloween night since it usually gets pretty cold there in New England at that time of year. She hot glued some bling to the gloves, and glued the same gems to a headband to match, and she also glued flowers to some gold glitter shoes to finish.
What an absolutely fabulous dress this is to sew for your daughter. The designer does mention that you have various options to make this dress. As mentioned above she used three layers of tulle and one layer of organza around the full width of the skirt. Then she added one additional layer of organza that opens in the middle, followed by one layer of lace that she added last to be sure the length was correct. You can also make this dress simple by creating the layers and materials you want. If you are using tulle, you will not have to hem, so that is why the measurements are different from materials that will need to be hemmed.
If you use lace on the bodice or straps the designer recommends topstitching it on after you’ve created the bodice/straps to hide the seams.
Another note is that since she used a thin organza for the shawl around the shoulders she used a width of 50″. If you are using a heavier weight fabric you could use less width as noted in the pattern.
You must use knit with at least 50% vertical stretch for the back of the dress since there are no closures and also for the gloves. If you will be creating a dress with multiple or heavy layers, she recommends using woven straps so that they don’t stretch out with wear.
The dress is designed as full length, thereby skimming the ground, which isn’t that practical for play, so you may find that you want to take off some length.
What will you need to make the Princess Dress (size 3):-
1.25 yards of tulle/organza/satin/etc for each layer you plan on using.
1.5 yards of lace (optional) I cut my lace as one piece with the border edge along the bottom so there was no seam.
3/8 yard of cotton jersey or similar with good stretch. If you are not making the gloves you will only need 1/4 yard.
2 yards of fabric for the shoulder shawl. This will create a 50″ by 72″ piece of fabric. If you would like you could cut the fabric in half and create a 25″ by 72″ piece by sewing them together and use less fabric.