Cinderella Dress – Halloween Costume


Wow.   It officially happened.

Taking my little girl to Disneyworld a few weeks ago completely sealed her obsession with Cinderella.  I think it had something to do with that huge castle at Disneyworld that Cinderella “lived” in.  The whole trip left this little girl in complete awe of the princess in a blue dress.

So, there was no question what she wanted to be for Halloween.  I even offered her a few suggestions.
“How about dressing up as a Mrs. Potato Head for Halloween this year?”
How about Little Bo Peep?  You like Sheep…”
“No mommy.”  
“Hmmmm, you really like cowgirls…… about a cowgirl?”
“No, how about Cinderella mommy?”
Ha.  Okay.  I just wanted to be sure… 
So Cinderella it is.
(And my little guy’s costume is in the works.  I’ll show you next week.)

Complete with lots of shine…
And Cinderella’s signature gathered hip detail
Also, an easy on/off velcro closure in the back.
This dress may have just put my little girl in the best mood that day.

She ate it all up.

And automatically turned into a complete princess………with no prompting from me.  

(Has she seen too many princess shows?  Maybe.)

She could hardly keep her body still while in her new dress.


Her little body kept twirling, twisting, and prancing around.


I’d say, Cinderella was a good pick for Halloween this year.
**Tutorial for the accessories found here.**
Interested in making a Cinderella Dress for Halloween?
Or as another dress for the dress-up box?
Or how about as a dress-up gift for Christmas?

Remember, tips from this dress can be used for many dress styles and Halloween costumes.

Here’s how I made mine for my size 4T-wearing daughter.
**Warning:  I tried to fit in every step so there are tons and tons and tons of pictures and explanations.  So be patient while scrolling through, if you already know how to do a certain technique. :)
I started to make the dress like I do many of my made-from-scratch clothing items,  by using the shape of another piece of clothing that fits, as a guide to make something new. (some examples here, here, and here
I decided to use the same top shape as this knit dress…..without those sleeves and without the gather below the bib section.
I measured my little girl and knew that I wanted the dress to be 31 inches long, from the shoulder down to the very bottom of the dress.  I also decided where I wanted the waist seam to hit her (compare to another dress with a waist seam if unsure) and measured that the bodice would need to be 10 1/2 inches, from the top of the shoulder down to the waist line.
So I folded the dress in half, matching up the arm pit area and traced around the top bodice of the dress.  I was tracing to make the front bodice piece first, so I made this piece with the scoop of the front neck line but subtracted the sleeves.
Then I used this paper guide to cut out some of this stretchy knit fabric on the fold, that created the whole front shape after it was opened up.  Make sure that if you’re using a one-way stretch knit, that the stretch is going width-wise and will stretch across the body, not up and down.
 (**I used this stretchy knit for the bodice section so that it would stretch with her and allow my daughter to wear it longer.  Also, I wanted it to fit comfortably while cutting it to fit more snug against her body while not using a more restricting satin for the bodice like I used for the skirt section.  But it’s up to you.)
I cut out my entire piece on the fold, adding a 1/2 inch along the top and sides for a seam allowance……and added another two inches to the bottom because my paper pattern wasn’t big enough and I was too lazy to tape more paper on to make it bigger.  (I could have created a bigger pattern piece from the beginning that included the seam allowance and the correct length, but again, I was too lazy.  But you choose what you’d like to do.)
Then I used my front piece that I kept folded in half, as a guide  for the 2 back pieces… don’t cut on the fold this time.  We will be making a back with a velcro closure…..perfect for little ones to get on and off themselves.
The 2 back pieces need to be cut out exactly the same size except for adding an inch and a half to the center back and making the neck line higher.  Refer to your original shirt to see the slope of the neck on the back if needed.
Now you have your 3 main bodice pieces: the front and 2 back pieces.
Now, to make the silver center portion on the front of the dress, I just cut a rectangle out of this shiny silver costume-y material (a syntethic fabric of some kind… idea what it is, I didn’t look) as wide as I wanted it for the bottom and then tapered it off up towards the top.  I had plenty of it, so I was willing to mess up and have to cut out a new one…..but create a paper pattern first if needed.  Then I tucked under each edge, ironed in place, centered it on the front bodice, pinned it down………
Then sewed along each side. 
Then I trimmed the excess off along the top, following the shape of the bodice below.
Then I used some silver trim that I found at the fabric store and with one continuous line, created 3 lines of a zig-zag down the center.  I made sure to start an inch from the top and an inch from the bottom……because of seam allowances later on.  Then I sewed the trim right down to the bodice.  (Hint: Use a longer stitch length to sew over bulky trim.  This may help if your needle is getting jammed in all of that fabric.)
 Then with another continuous line, created another zig-zag……giving it that crossed over and cinched in bodice look with the trim.  Sew this piece in place too.
Then cut two more piece of trim that are long enough for both sides of the silver section and sew into place along each side.  Trim off excess trim.
Next, fold under the center back edges of the 2 back pieces, a 1/4 inch, another 1/4 inch….then sew into place.
Then place your front bodice piece down as a guide as you lay the two back pieces on top, matching up the sides, the bottom and the two shoulders.  Overlap the two center seams and pin in place.  This is how far of a fold-over you’ll need to keep the bodice of the dress in the right proportion. 
Sew velcro along both edges of the back center seams, keeping the same fold over proportion.
Next, place the front bodice piece together with the back bodice pieces with right sides together.  Sew along the top of each shoulder…..using a zig-zag or overlock stitch (like I did) to allow for stretch in the knit.  Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Then, sew along each side of the bodice section, attaching the front piece to the back.  In this direction, since there is no stretch to the fabric, I just used a straight stitch…..because I didn’t need to allow for any stretch.  Make sense?
**And this is where I’m a creature of habit.  I know it’s easier to create tops by leaving the bodice open at the sides, attaching the sleeves to the bodice and then sewing along the sides of the bodice and sleeves.  I do that when I remember.  But when I’m winging it and not using pattern pieces that I have created………I make the whole bodice first and then make sure the bodice fits, take it in or out if necessary, and then cut out sleeves that will fit in the arm hole opening.  I know, it must make my mom and grandma sick (they are more precision driven seamstresses) but sometimes I just want a quick top, am not using a pattern, and need to make the bodice first and then make the sleeves to fit.  This way, I only have to adjust the bodice once if needed and not have to adjust the sleeve.  Does that crazy talk make any sense??????  Maybe not.  But it carries over into my tutorials many times.  But if you have planned ahead with pattern pieces and have a sleeve cut out, attach the open sleeve to the bodice before sewing down the sides……then sew along the sides in one full sweep.  Whew.  I had to explain my insanity. :)
And once again, my habit took me this route again.  So onto the sleeve after the bodice was already sewn together…..even though it was all cut out and ready to be attached.  Oh well.
Okay, if you’ve never made a gathered puffed sleeve before, this is the shape if it.  This is the shape of a short sleeve and will be gathered along the top and a bit at the bottom by the band of the arm hole.  (This is where using a store bought pattern in the past helps with pattern making experience just a bit.  Just to know how things look and are attached.)  But even if you’ve never made a puff sleeve, you can still give this a try with some scrap fabric.  But I measure my little girl’s arm and decided that 8 1/2 inches around would fit comfortably loose for the band around her bicep area.  So I made this puff sleeve shape, made it about 12 inches wide to allow for a seam allowance and to give the bottom of the sleeve some gathers too…….and then the top curve of the sleeve shape will automatically give the sleeve more of a puffy gather at the shoulder.  If you want it more puffy, increase the width and the circular shape at the top.
I cut out 2 sleeve shapes the same size and two bands that were 3 x 9 1/2 inches. (that included enough for seam allowances….don’t forget.)  This is satin material…..nice and perfect for Cinderella sleeves.
Next, I folded each band in half lengthwise, with the right side (shiny side) facing out, and ironed flat.
Then I made a basting stitch along the top slope of the sleeve, starting and stopping about 2 inches from each end.  I also made a basting stitch along the bottom that was about 5 inches long, centered right along the bottom.  (Need help with gathering and basting stitches?  Click here.)
Then pin the band (which is folded in half legthwise) to each end of the sleeve.  The band is shorter because you’ll have to gather the sleeve to match it up.  Pin right sides together and match up the raw edges.  
Then start pulling on the top basting stitch and gather the bottom edge of the sleeve.  Then pin the sleeve to the band.  Make sure you are pinning the raw edges of the band, not the folded edge.
Then sew along the raw edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Then zig-zag or use some sort of finishing stitch to seal off the edges.
Then open it up and iron the band down.
Then fold the sleeve in half with right sides together and sew along the inner edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Then zig-zag to finish it off.  (Or if you attach your sleeves to the bodice first……skip this step and attach the open sleeve to the open bodice.  I didn’t because of that creature of habit thing that I explained up above.  Ha.)
If you’re doing it my way, turn the bodice inside out and sleeves right side out and slide each sleeve into the arm hole openings of the bodice, matching up the side seam of the bodice with the side seam of the sleeve.  Then gather the top of the sleeve enough to allow a perfect fit inside of the arm hole of the bodice.  Make sure to pin the sleeve and bodice together with right sides together.
Then, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, sew around the arm hole…….making sure to match up the raw edges as you slowly sew them together.
Then sew a zig-zag stitch to finish off the raw edges.  Then trim off any excess.
Turn the bodice right side out, fold the raw edges of the sleeve toward the bodice and top stitch around the arm hole……but on the side of the bodice, grabbing the raw edges of the sleeve that are underneath as you go.  (This step is optional… don’t have to do this.  But if you don’t, try to at least iron this seam flat as best as you can, so that it looks more finished.)
Now onto the neckline.  Measure around the neckline to see how much fabric you’ll need and then add a few inches to that length so that you can tuck under each end at the back of the neckline.  How wide you make your neckline is up to you but I cut my strip 1 1/2 inches wide… me a 1/2 inch wide neckline after it’s folded in half and sewn on.  (After it’s folded in half lengthwise, I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance to attach it to the bodice neckline.)
Cut your strip of fabric on the bias (diagonal) to allow for the right stretch and curve as you sew it around the neckline.  If you’re not sure what the bias is or why it’s better to cut on it for steps like this, read this link.
Then I folded that strip in half lengthwise (with the right side of the fabric facing outwards) and lined up the long raw edges with the raw edge of the neckline and pinned them together with the fold pointing down…….pinning the strip to the front side of the bodice neckline.  I left at least an inch at each end to fold over at the end.  And as you’re pinning, pull the strip just a tad more then the neckline and then after you turn it, it will help with the shape of the completed neckline.  Then sew along the raw edges, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Then fold the strip up, iron flat with the raw edges from behind pointing downwards, then top-stitch along the front of the neckline, right below the seam.
Here’s a view from the back of the neck line, with the raw edges folded down and secured in place with that top-stitch you made on the front.
At each end, trim down each loose end to about a 1/2 inch.
Then fold over a 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch, and line it up with the rest of the edge of the dress opening.
Sew this folded piece right into place.
Onto the skirt portion of the dress.  
First, we’re going to make those fluffy side flaps that Cinderella has on her dress.  What those things are for…….who knows?  But here’s my best attempt at creating them.
I first cut a piece of white satin that was about 23 x 23 inches.
Then I folded it in half…
Then I cut off the upper corners in a rounded shape, making sure to not cut through the fold at all.
Essentially making a circle if you open it up.
Then I folded the circle back in half, with the right side of the fabric facing outward (shiny satin side out), and then made a basting stitch along the outer perimeter of the curve, 1/2 inch from the edge.
(Need help with gathering and basting stitches?  Click here.)
Then, as you pull the thread and gather the circle shape, it pulls up the fabric, creating a gathered swoop shape.
Grab your bodice piece, velcro the back closed, and line up the raw edge of the side piece with raw edge of the bodice on one side.  Gather and in pin in place.
Then cut, and gather another satin piece and pin it to the other side of the bodice.  When attaching each side flap to the dress, leave a gap at the front of the dress and at the back……..keeping each flap more on the sides and not meeting in the front or at the back at all.  That’s just how Cinderella’s dress looks in all of the disney pictures.
Then set this aside while you put together the rest of the skirt section.
For my dress, I cut two pieces that were 45 inches by 24 inches.
Then I sewed the two pieces together along each 24 inch side, with right sides together.  Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Then sew another stitch or zig-zag stitch to seal off the raw edges.
Then, sew a basting stitch along the top edge of the front of the skirt and then another basting stitch along the top edge of the back of the skirt……using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Pull on the top threads along the front and then along the back and cinch in the top of the dress section until it’s the same width as the bottom of the bodice.  Pin it evenly in place.  The easiest way is to turn the skirt inside out then slide the bodice down inside of it…..but right side out.  Make sure the flaps are up and out of the way, flapped up towards the neckline as you stick it down into the skirt section.
Then sew along these raw edges, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance, removing pins as you go.  Then sew a zig-zag to seal off the raw edges.  Trim off any excess fabric.
Now, turn the dress right side out and make sure that it all came together correctly.

Then hem up the bottom after making sure that it’s the length you’d like it.  And that’s it.

You have just finished your sweet little Cinderella dress.  Give yourself a hug.

EDITED: If you’re interested in the accessories that go along with this dress, click here for a tutorial on the headband, gloves, choker, and full slip ideas.



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266 Responses to “Cinderella Dress – Halloween Costume”
  1. 1
    markandlouise says:

    I LOVE this! Thank you! I think my three year old daughter is going to love it even more! Your tutorials are always so great. I love your blog!

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    Louise says:

    Thats beautiful, you should be really proud of it!

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    Samah says:

    I am in awe. When I saw the top pictures, I thought for sure you would give us the pattern number. This is amazing! I'm almost inspired to try freestyling without a pattern (but still a little chicken)

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    Mary Lynn says:

    I don't sew anything other than straight lines. This blew me away. I'm so impressed! Absolutely stunning!

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    kodie says:

    you are amazing! i can't believe you made this without a pattern! high fives and pats on the back for you!!

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    Rebekah says:

    Beautiful! And you make it seem very do-able, too. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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    Tara says:

    Wow!!! I love it and my daughter loves it even more. When I showed her she asked "can you make me that mommy?" Thanks for the tutorial, I'm going to attempt it.

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    Amber says:

    This makes ME want to be Cinderella for Halloween! Your daughter has great taste!

    Great tutorial-this is definitely going to be bookmarked for future reference.

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    Danielle says:

    So impressed! :) My daughter (only 9 months old) is going to be Tinker Bell this year. Store bought, but maybe a few years down the road and I can give Cinderella a try! :)

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    Valerie says:

    This is amazing! I love that you put so much time and detail into creating something your daughter obviously LOVES. It's just beautiful, even if it is just a costume/play dress.

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    Missouri Gal Nicole says:

    Oh wow! She looks so pretty in her Halloween costume! And my goodness you made the prettiest dress for her! You have tallent!

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    Emily Elizabeth says:

    This is absolutely fantastic – you need a book deal! This costume is so much better than anything you could buy in the store and you can tell it was made with so much love. It will definitely be an heirloom for years to come!

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    Jessica @BeforeTheDawn says:

    Wow! This has to be the best made Cinderella dress ever. I hope I can make one for my 6 yr old. She was given a *bought* Disney Cinderella dress that is already falling apart. There's just no quality in it at all, sadly.

    Thank you for the picture tutorial!!

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    Julia says:

    1. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial!

    2. I am incredibly jealous of your sewing talent.

    3. That is the best Cinderella dress that I've ever seen! My little girl would die for that dress.

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    Devon says:

    this is gorgeous! absolutely amazing! thank you for sharing the tutorial!

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    Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife says:

    Oh my goodness! I love it! I want to make one for me!! Haha!

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    Suzanne Sergis @ says:

    Ashley, this has to go on your top tutorials list! Your personality was definitely written in along with your excellent direction-writing and photography.

    Like you said, everyone has different abilities. Me, I have rarely sewn a thing in my life…still too perfectionistic and afraid to mess up! But I will get over that and am always inspired by your creations. Thank you, thank you!

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    Tiff says:

    I'm LOVIN' it! Too bad I made my daughter a Cinderella dress a few years ago…I LOVE this one so much more. I'm currently sewing a fairy costume from a store bought pattern and I keep cursing all the needless steps, I should have come to you first! Now…if you have a desire to do a mermaid costume tutorial anytime soon, I just might love you for life :)

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    hiscrappergirl says:

    Wow that was amazing!! You make it look so easy. I am going to have to give that a try after Halloween as my quirky girl wants to be a dinosaur for Halloween this year!! Last year I made her a Little Bo Peep costume and loved it she did too and still wears it today:)

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    Aimee says:

    You are so talented! Wow!

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    Kelsey says:

    That is such a cute dress. Can you give us the list of materials and amounts to buy…I want to give it a try.

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    khead44 says:

    WOW!!! I'm so amazed I'm speachless! I can not believe you made that without a pattern. I was already impressed by the dress, but then when I saw you did it without a pattern, my jaw hit the floor. I hope one day I can be just like you. Your children will look back on all these costumes you have made them and will really appreciate them when they are adults.

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    Kathryn says:

    Gosh that's cute! Love the tutorial – I did a mermaid one over on my blog but it isn't nearly as easy to follow as yours. I am definitely bookmarking this!

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    Amber says:

    WOW – you are really amazing. It looks wonderful!

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    Crystal says:

    That is such a beautiful dress. Your daughter looks adorable.

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    Phyrflie says:

    Amazing :) You did a great job. I think I need a lot more practice before tackling something like this. It turned out beautiful :)

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    Megan Robinson says:

    You are a great mom! I miss Ellie, I can't believe how big she is, not a little nursery girl anymore. I hope you guys are doing well.

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    Annette says:

    OMG how beautifull you made that… love it. Great job!!!

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    Julie says:

    Love this! I just had my 3rd little girl two weeks ago. My oldest (4) said that she wants to be Cinderella, her 1 year old sister to be Tinkerbell and the 2 week old to be Snow White. This is an awesome dress! I thought that I would have to buy her dress since I don't sew, but I think I am going to give this a try.

    On the skirt section, did you add in any sort of lining? It looks like there is something in the pictures.

    Thanks a ton!

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    Stephanie says:

    Oh my goodness! This has to be the most perfect Cinderella dress ever! And you made it look so simple! I mess up everything I sew and end up wanting to throw the machine across the room, but reading your tutorials . . . even this one, I'm left thinking, "Oh yeah, that looks do-able." Thank you for giving me back my confidence!! ;o)

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    Katie says:

    Oh my goodness this is SO perfect for me. My 3.5 year old has been begging for a cinderella dress, and I had no idea where to start. You taught me some things that I'd been having trouble with in the past, too, like how to do the neckline. Thank you so much for posting this. I will definitely be bookmarking it and referring to it often when I attempt my dd's dress!

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    hanci06 says:

    Beautiful,beautiful,beautiful dress! And you watched for all the details! Great.This Cinderella has one great mom!

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    ASHLEE says:

    Ashley, You are such an amazing seamstress. I am always in awe of your creativity and talents. What a darling tutorial. I will have to copy this one when my little girl gets just a tad older. Thank you for sharing!

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    ificould says:


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    Jenn says:

    That is absolutely incredible! I love to sew and would make tons of dresses for my little girl if making things myself were cost effective :(

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    Page@ThriftyNiftyWise says:

    You did such a good job with this! I love it!

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    Jessie says:

    Oh how I love this! I wish you'd posted it two weeks ago, before I made my daughter's "Ariel in the pink dress" dress sans-pattern. Mine turned out ok, but you have so many finishing details that just make it so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial, though. Figuring out the puffy hip-things was the trickiest part for me–glad to know how it should actually be done. :)

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    karie says:

    Seriously?! You just whip out a fantastic Cinderella dress?! Love it, my daughter would love it, and maybe I will be brave enough to try it one of these days.

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    Melany says:

    you are rediculous! did you just cry when you put the finished product on her and saw how adorable she looked and that you MADE that from scratch? your kids are dang lucky to have a mom who sews so well.

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    Time 1988 says:

    verry verry beauty ı love this

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    ZeMarmotte says:

    Wow!! What a lucky little girl and so nice. Congratulations for the creation.

    Many thanks for the tuto, I'm sure I will have the same order from my little princess.

    Each time I'm amazed with your work and love all what you do.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Melissa Coates says:

    This is amazing and I can't wait to try it! Thanks for making it appear a little more simple for non seamstresses like myself :)

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    HillsRus says:

    You are AMAZING. Seriously AMAZING!

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    Starfly Designs says:

    Love this! It is beautiful. I linked to it from my blog, hope you don't mind!

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    Wendy says:

    thanks for sharing this…I love the puffy sleeves. I going to try making an Alice in Wonderland Dress for my daughter and I have not yet made anything with sleeves, you made it look easy I am less scare now. Thanks.

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    kati says:

    I love this I featured it on my blog,actually I featured you TWICE in the same post, I love this please come over and take a look!

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    sjones says:

    I think this is by far the best homemade Cinderella dress Ive ever seen! All of the ones Ive seen look homemade, and I'm sorry that is not a compliment, but yours looks an expensive Disney store-bought dress!
    Thanks for the awesome tut!

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    Sarah says:

    gorgeous!! I LOVE it!!! I think I might adapt this for a tiana costume for my dd!!! thanks!!!

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    Heather H says:

    This could not have come at a better time for me! My 3-year-old is a new princess convert, and Cinderella is her favorite. We bought her a purple princess dress for Halloween and she has already torn it up from wearing it so much. I've been stressing about what she will wear for Halloween, but now I know…just have to get busy sewing! Thanks!

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    Astyn says:

    I am so glad I saw this today. On Monday night I was sketching out some 'dress up' clothes for my twin girls for Christmas, but I couldn't figure out how to get some of the details worked out. This has answered a lot of my questions.

    I love that you don't always use patterns. You are a gal after my own heart!

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    bethanndodd says:

    Once again, you have amazed me! I have 3 boys so I will not be making a beautiful Cinderella costume of my own but truly, this is amazing (even with the sleeve after the bodice thing). I didn't know the difference anyway ;o). Have a wonderful weekend…smiles

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    bjahlstrom says:


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    Rachel R says:

    This is adorable. My 2 1/2 year old daughter is obessed wants to be Snow White for Halloween this year and so I'm going to use many of your instructions as I make her dress. This will be so helpful. Thanks so much!

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    angie jones says:

    Adorable. I just finish a Tinkerbell costume for my niece. I wish she would of wanted a harder costume like Cinderella.

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    Liliana says:

    Absolutely beautiful! You are so talented! Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial!

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    PECK says:

    You. are. amazing.

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    Laura Bowles says:

    amazing job!

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    Andrea says:


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    Adrienne says:

    I love the dress! But I have a suggestion – if you make the neckline wide enough and the sleeves out of the knit fabric or at least wider, you can keep the back closed and they can REALLY get in and out themselves, no help velcroing the back or anything. Even my 2-year old can do it herself. Like these dresses:

    I'm totally digging making my own though!

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    Justine says:

    oh my! This is beautiful!!!! You definitely saved A LOT of money. The ones at Disneyland in CA are around $45-55 each! And that doesn't even include tax! I can't wait to see what your little man is going to wear.

    Just Better Together

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    Graves Family says:

    How did you make the arm things and neck thing? -LOL! I can't think what they are called so I hope you know what I am asking!

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    Kari @ Ucreate says:

    Another AMAZING tutorial from the "Tutorial Queen"!! I'll be linking!

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    the hatch batch says:

    Awe-inspiring. I am still too scared to go without a pattern but you are starting to change my mind. Amazing work!

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    heather says:

    Wow, this is amazing! i wish I could sew like this. how much material did you end up buying. I guess I'm just wondering how many yards and such to make this dress.

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    Busty LaRue says:

    OMG this is so cute! Wishing I had a little girl right about now. Will have to make it for one of my nieces instead, I guess :)

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    Emily says:

    Wow. This is so amazingly impressive! And thank-you so much for having such a comprehensive tutorial – I can't wait to try this, it would make my little girl sooo happy! :)

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    The Noalls says:

    Oh. My. Land. I am continually amazed at how talented you are! I can't believe you dreamt this up and free-styled it yourself! How long did it take??

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    Michelle says:

    That is just awesome! The smile on your little girl's face…you can almost hear the giggle of joy!

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    Goings on at the Glenn's says:

    so cool! I can tell your little girl is in LOVE. my daughter would love this too! I'd have to bump up the size though now that she is in a 5-6. She's only 4 but takes after daddy I guess. This might just end up being in the Christmas box this year. Oh and BTW I made one of your stroller bags the other day. I took it to the zoo today and LOVED it! I'll have to send you a photo of it soon.

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    Megan King says:

    You are so talented!

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    Amy says:

    You're amazing! It looks like an impossible task, but then when you break it down it looks very do-able. Thanks so much!

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    very merry vintage style says:

    What a beautiful dress and a beautiful post! She looks so cute… My daughters had Cinderella Halloweens when they were young too! I love the picture where she is spinning around!

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    Emily says:

    Holy Molie! I'm not ever gonna be able to make this, but just wanted to say "BRAVA" for the awesome job!! I bet your kiddos think you're a super-star :D

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    Laura@Corner House says:

    This is so beautiful! My daughter wants to be princess peach and I am sure this will come in very handy (when I get to it, I have to make her brother's first.) IF I said please a lot would you consider linking this up to my Halloween Costume linky party? please. http://www.corner–

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    Anonymous says:

    You are amazing!! I look forward to your emails. I absolutely love Modern Birds Studio…Oh, the images I would love to have! I love the little boy on the tractor!! Reminds me of my little one. :) Also, I found them on facebook and "like" them there, too :) YAY, two entries for me!!
    Thanks again for sharing all you do.

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    Nancy's Couture says:

    Amazing!!! I love all the details of this dress and the accessories are perfect. When my little princess sees this she will be begging me for one.

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    Erin says:

    Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial…it was fabulous and even though my princess is 11, your tutorial answered some of my sewing questions and made me braver!

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    Emily says:

    kuddos, it looks great. I wanted to try and make one last year but couldn't think of how they did the white thingy's. I was also always wondering how much seam allowance I should add on for a button up back and this velco way. I'm assuming both would be 1 inch right?

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    Caroline @ Atelier Caroline says:

    That's a lot easier than I figured it would be. Thank you for the tutorial … My little girl ordered a Cinderella dress for her doll. Now I know how to do it!!


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    barneyn says:

    this is AMAZING! you are soo talented! wow!

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    Adventures in Petersonland says:

    brillant! you are AMAZING and extremely nice to share this! i love your blog and all the time you put into sharing your ideas with us all! your daughter is lucky :)

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    Marla says:

    Absolutely the best Cinderella dress I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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    Tara says:

    You did a fantastic job on that dress, and your daughter is a doll! Way to go!

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    Stephanie says:

    Unbelievable that you made that! She looks so darn cute in it. That is something to show off for sure, I bet she wants to wear it everyday. Great job!

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    Melissa says:

    That is absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I'm filing it away for when my daughters are a little older.

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    avant-garde89 says:

    What wonderful detail! You daughter is a lucky little girl!

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    Bec says:

    Oh my gosh! That dress is STUNNING! You do such amazing work… what a lucky little girl to have such a talented mommy! Thanks for sharing!

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    Daffyv says:

    Wow, you are friggin amazing.

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    christa @ enSTYLEpedia says:

    you are an amazing seamstress. my daughter is dying to have a "blue princess dress" I wish I knew how to sew this well…maybe I'll have time to read this thoroughly someday and try it out!

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    Kelli says:

    I can't believe you didn't use a pattern, but completely free-handed this one! WOW! You should be really proud of it. I've got a rock star and a Wall-E costume to come up with…maybe I should get started!

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    Jenny says:

    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing! Makes me want a little girl! LOL! I featured you on my blog:

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    Jen says:

    That is absolutely amazing! I can't believe you sew such lovely dresses without a pattern!!!! WOW!!!!!

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    Irene says:

    wow, this is amazing. well done. I've made your tinkerbell costume for my niece and she loves it, mite try this next.

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    Dana says:

    I am overwhelmingly impressed! I cant beleive you made this!- its amazing! Please make one for my 4 year old too!!! , I just dont have your talent but am so greatful for the time you took to post the tutorial anyway, you've such a talent well done! xx

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    Lana says:

    I may have just bought a ton of fabric at Joann's huge sale today to make this and a couple others. You inspired me!! Thank you so much for the great ideas.

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    Karen G. says:

    A.MAZ.ING.!!! You are so talented–this is just beautiful! Thank you so much for all of your tutorials!! I, too, thought you would give the pattern number after looking at all of the pictures at the beginning of the post!

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    Rockstargirlz says:

    We went to Disneyworld in April I hate to come home. I could stay forever. Your Cinderella is beautiful she is my favorite of all the Princesses.
    Great job on the dress.

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    ashley says:

    WOW! Incredible! One day when I learn to sew I'm totally going to be stalking your blog!! You make it look so easy! THANK you for the inspiration!

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    Jennwith4 says:

    You are amazing! That's one happy little girl! I made the Sippy cup leash for our recent Disneyland trip and I loved it! No more dropped Sippy cups!

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    Mindy says:

    Wow! You're amazing. I might have to try this. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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    Hannah says:

    This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen in my entire life. I have a 6 month old daughter, and I have already fantasized about taking her to Disney and dressing her as Cinderella when she's a little older. I will make this dress. It will be awesome.

    I hope.

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    Anonymous says:

    i want to be cinderella

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    East Coast-er Momma says:

    Fabulous! I am constantly inspired by sewing moms like yourself. Thank you, thank you.

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    Natalie Simons says:

    Ah thanks for this, started my daughters cinderella dress last weekend and haven't be able to finish it cause I was "stuck" now I should be able to finish it! FAB!!!!!

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    olkap says:

    hi Ashley! my english is not perfect but i hope that you understand me:)
    i have seen your all blog and i don`t have word to comment it.
    and now this dress…it`s beautiful!!!!!!!!
    meybe some day i`ll try make your dress:) dress and many other things of you blog.
    ashley – you are my GOD :)
    one more time i`m sorry for my english

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    Mao Mao says:

    Tks, good directions to "my" Snow White costum :)

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    IPOHC says:

    Absolutly Stunning! You are fantastic and you made it look so easy! We are going to Disney world in March. I would love to make this for my DD!! Thanks for the great Tut!

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    bjahlstrom says:

    Your kid is SO CUTE!!!

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    Breezy Skye says:

    Love, love, love it. I will definitely be making this. And if I don't have it finished in time for Halloween it will be a Christmas present for her dress up box. Amazing, you are so talented.

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    Anonymous says:

    You are wonderful!! I was looking for a princess pattern and this will be perfect! Thank you for your amazing ideas and sharing them!!

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    Ginny says:

    fabulous! do you have the yardage of fabric you used? i am trying to figure out a baseline for going to the store!

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    Sommer says:

    Wonderful, wonderful! Okay so since I'm confident I could push one of these out in less than a day I have to know… how much did it cost you to make? Because as much as I love to sew, if I can buy it cheaper, I typically will.

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    Sommer says:

    Oh and roughly how much fabric did you end up using?

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    Zipdinger says:

    THANK YOU!!!! My dd wants to be Princess Peach for Halloween, butt he store-bought dresses are poorly-made, and over-priced. This tutorial will help immensely in my effort to make a great costume for her!

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    Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for showing me how to do this. I took my 4 yr old daughter to Disneyland last month and similar dresses were $89.00-$119.00 each! Thanks to your help I made one for my daughter with about $15-$20 worth of fabric for Halloween.

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    Wife and Mother. says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. I really can not even remember how much time (a lot) I spend looking for a good (or not-so-good, for that matter) Cinderella dress tutorial, and here you've posted the most amazing tutorial EVER! I actually gave up about a week ago and just winged it, making a cute, but not quite what I wanted Cinderella costume for Halloween, but I may just call that another dress up and do another one following your tutorial–I love it that much! Thank you so, so much for posting this in such great detail!! I will definitely continue to read your blog; so glad I stumbled upon it!

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    Christie says:

    Ashley, I made one and I love it! Thank you so much for the tutorial, you are inspiring. I wish I could show you a pic of my daughter in it, but I'm saving it for a Christmas present

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    Nathan and Alicia says:

    I have been looking ALL OVER for a Little Bo Peep Toy Story costume for my 3 month old, without any luck(even online/store bought). Your tutorial should be a good guide to help me make one for her. Thanks so much! Your instructions are detailed enough for a beginner like me.

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    Ashley says:

    As for fabric yardage…….I think I bought about 1 1/2 yards of the blue satin and then a yard each of the stretchy blue for the bodice and the white satin. And that was for a size 4T dress….roughly. Then, I bought about 2 yards of that trimming. I didn't spend any more than $12-$15 on everything……because all of that costume-y fabric was on sale at Jo-ann's.

    Hope that helps!

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    Niki says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. I came across it just as I was preparing to make a Princess Daisy costume for my daughter. I found it even before I realized I would need it! Beautiful dress, and such a beautiful little girl! I hope you don't mind, I referenced this tutorial on my blog…to give credit where it's due! (I'm fairly new to blogging and hope that's not breaking any rules or anything!) ;)

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    Klein Mädchenträume says:

    WoW Awsome!!!!

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    Kristen says:

    Absolutely love this dress and the tutorial was great. I used the pattern top from the peasant dress pattern that I often use for the top for a small tweak (I didn't want to do bias tape!)

    I used sweetheart satin for the dress and used a lighter to heat seal the edges and it wasn't bad.

    Here's my pouty daughter (her brother's woke her up early from her nap) modeling it:

    I linked up to your tutorial.

    Now if only I could convince my 4 year old to be Prince Charming…

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    Holly Erhard says:

    That's it! We had a family theme going for mario but low and behold my daughter saw me looking at your site and has made up her mind that she is going to be "Cinderllella" and her brother "Pwince Chawming" haha!

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    jmm says:

    This was a FANTASTIC tutorial. I just finished a cinderella dress for my four old's Halloween costume. Wish, wish I had seen this first. I made the top out of satin. You are right. It is not the ideal bodice. It's been so difficult to fit her because it has no give. It was my first sewing project since home ec 8th grade (20 years ago). I am now very tempted to try this one. The whole idea behind making a costume was to make it MORE comfortable than the cheaply made ones at the costume store. : ) I will definitely be coming back to get more great tips and sewing ideas. Thanks for creating such a wonderful and creative blog. : ) I just love it.

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    Tara says:

    Thank you so much! I finished making it in time for my daughter to wear it for Halloween.

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    karine says:

    absolument parfaite, félicitations elle est magnifique, on dirait la robe du film

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    rachel says:

    When my 3 year old saw your daughter in her costume she said, "When can I play with her? Where does she live?" Too cute!

    I posted a link to my adapted version here.

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    Dollybird says:

    Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial for this. I made the dress and a longer length pettiskirt for her to wear under it as a costume for my 9 year old's school play and it was a huge success.

    The hard part appears to be convincing her to take it off – she's wearing it right now and has put in a request for another floor length dress to wear for Christmas! Pics are on my blog here if you would like to see how it came out.

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    Mel says:

    This was AWESOME! Thank you SO MUCH for doing a tutorial on a princess dress. My almost 3 year old won't even wear pants (jeans) anymore because it's not "princessy". She's having a Princess Birthday party and now she has a mommy made dress to wear to it. Thanks again!!!!

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    לימונדה says:

    how i can print the toturial?

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    Olivia says:


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    Have a good day!

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    Wendy says:

    This is a wonderful tutorial!!! The dress is gorgeous!!! I'm writing down all the materials right now, to start making it this afternoon! I can't wait!! My daughter is going to love it!!! Thank you Ashley.

    I'll post a link when I'm finish.

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    IPOHC says:

    Ashley, you are amazing! Thank you so much for creating this tutorial so in depth that even a wannabe sewer like myself could create it! I know I'm a bit past Halloween but I having been saving this in the back of my brain for this very occasion.

    Here is the link to my finished dress

    I also used the same concept to create another famous princess dress. I'll have a post on that soon!

    Thanks again,

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    Wendy says:

    Ok, here is the link of the dress I made for my daughter. Thank you again for this wonderful tutorial!!!

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    Ms.Boring says:

    hi! I love this tutorial! I think that I will have to give it a shot this year for my daughter. I wanted to let you know, you aren't the only person to do the bodice first and then add in the sleeve, that's the way I was taught 20 years ago. I've never liked sewing on the sleeve first then doing the side seams. seems odd. lol. also, the hip thingys, those are for the bustel. I believe back in the day, they actually stretched over the rear-end to create that oh-so-wanted "baby got back" look. lol. Just a little fyi. :) You did a very wonderful!!! Thank you so much for the helpful tips!

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    Cinderella dresses says:

    Wow! really creative! and your kid sure looks really happy with her dress! :)

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    abby says:

    Hi Ashley, thank you SO much for this amazing tutorial. I'm a beginning sewer, and you are giving me a lot of confidence to just "wing it" with some things :)

    Quick question. I think the satin I got for the bottom is a bit too heavy, and I added a sheer, shimmery overlay to the top (at my dd request)…the problem is the weight of the skirt is pulling down on the top quite a bit, and also the waist area seems to have stretched outward from all the skirt fabric. Any fixes you can think of to stabalize the top more at this point??? I haven't finished the seam of the waist yet, so can still pull apart if needed. THANK YOU!

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    rose says:

    I am very happy to lean this beautiful dress because when i was so young i hear the cinderella story that time i am decided to sew the dress thanku

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    This is SO beautiful! I just featured it on my blog’s Cutest Handmade DIY Kids Halloween Costumes! Thanks for sharing!

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    angel says:

    Thank you so much for this! my little girl just decided cinderalla was the must this halloween and i was not looking forward to buying another pattern! thank you thank you thank you!!!

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    katharine says:

    Thank you for the step by step directions and the pictures. I am a visual learner and they helped so much. I have never been able to make sleeves and these worked perfect. Finished my daughter’s dress in one day. Great tutorial!!!

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    jennifer ford says:

    as a DIY-er with minimal sewing experience, this post gave me the inspiration and confidence to buy everything to make my 2yr-old’s costume for this halloween. she’s going to be princess presto from super why (on PBS), and your tutorial has everything i need to make it happen! thank you for waking up the crafty-ness in me!!

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    Jennifer says:

    I just finished making this cinderella costume for my little girl. Thank you so much for you wonderful tutorial. I have never made any type of clothing before and with your help I was able to make a darling costume for my daughter!

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    katie says:

    Thank you so much!!! I finished this dress last night for my 3 year old daughter. She is in love with it!! I posted a picture of it here.

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    Kisha says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! My little girl wanted to be a princess for Halloween, too, so I made her a dress based on this one. She wasn’t trying to be Cinderella, so I made a couple of changes. It took a while to put this together, but it was worth it. :)

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    sheene says:

    wish i had seen this earlier! thanks for the tutorial! love the dress!!! your daughter’s adorable!

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    Gramma Joanie says:

    My Princess Jane will love this for her birthday.

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    Jenni says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! I used a lot of what you did to make my daughter a Rapunzel costume for Halloween (except I used purple fabric!!!!) I blogged about it here and gave you credit for the ideas! Thanks again. :) My daughter thinks it is fabulous!

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    Ohhh, I am so thankful for this tutorial. I’ve wanted to do a princess dress in the back of my mind but thought it would be too hard. When I read this tutorial I quickly changed my mind and thought….I can do that, no problem! The detailed instructions were PERFECT!! I love the modesty of this dress as well, because to my mind, why make something unless its different than something you can pick up at a garage sell. So many princess dresses to my mind train that little girl to feel comfortable at a young age with a swooping neck line, but how sweet and pretty is this little dress? The panel on the front and the hip bustles make it just so perfectly princessy! And how surprisingly simple they were to make and apply. Plus to tell the truth I hate disney princess pictures cheesily plastered on the dresses you find. This dress is so pretty and playish and little girl and teaches the young girl of class at the same time. The neck line was such a cinch I really thank you for sharing your talent and making it available for others to do so readily and easily. I had a bunch of pink swishy fabric given to me and a piece of gold what not given to me by the same grandma and would you know I even had some gold bias tape that was in a thrift store conglomeration, so I spent….nothing, and not even a lot of time. I have 3 other children and one on the way, (will be 5) so I also appreciate that I didn’t have to spend too much time either to have a dress my little daughter is going to be so excited for on Christmas day….thank you so much!

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    Ohhh, I am so thankful for this tutorial. I’ve wanted to do a princess dress in the back of my mind but thought it would be too hard. When I read this tutorial I quickly changed my mind and thought….I can do that, no problem! The detailed instructions were PERFECT!! I love the modesty of this dress as well, because to my mind, why make something unless its different than something you can pick up at a garage sell. So many princess dresses without mothers realizing it train that little girl to feel comfortable at a young age with a swooping neck line, but how sweet and pretty is this little dress? The panel on the front and the hip bustles make it just so perfectly princessy! And they were surprisingly simple to make and apply. Plus to tell the truth I hate disney princess pictures cheesily plastered on the dresses you find. This dress is so pretty and playish and little girl and teaches the young girl of class at the same time. The neck line was such a cinch I really thank you for sharing your talent and making it available for others to do so readily and easily. I had a bunch of pink swishy fabric given to me and a piece of gold what not given to me by the same grandma and would you know I even had some gold bias tape that was in a thrift store conglomeration, so I spent….nothing, and not even a lot of time. I have 3 other children and one on the way, so I also appreciate that I didn’t have to spend too much time either to have a dress my little daughter is going to be so excited for on Christmas day….thank you so much!

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    Denise Nelson says:

    The look on your little girls face says it all. I sew, but have always used a pattern. I want to make dress up dresses for my granddaughter, age 2, and am going to give your dress a try. Thank you for the great tutorial.

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    Cara says:

    Thanks so much for awesome tutorials! I want to make this for my daughter for Christmas and can’t find the fabric for the bodice anywhere. What’s the name of it and where did you get it. I checked at Joann’s, Hancock, & Hobby Lobby. Thanks so much! I bought the rest of the material already and can’t wait to start on it.

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    Ponni says:

    Nice work… i will let u know after i complete my work….

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    Sandra van Erp says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial.
    I bought a sewing machine, for about 3 months ago.
    I just started to work my way taking the steps you described.

    I made two at once one for my three year old in pink and white and one for my 5 year old in yellow and gold. They love the dresses.
    I included a facebooklink. Hope it works. Thanks again. With out the tutorial i never would have started on the dress!!

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    Debi says:

    I just finished two of these dresses using the stretch velour. How in the world do you keep the velour from stretching out of shape along the waistline when added the “poufy piece” and then the skirt. There is so much fabric to add it just stretched the waistline out and added 2-3 extra inches at the waist. I’ve took the dresses apart twice – yes, both dresses. Redid the bodice all over again and wham…stretched out again. I would use seam tape (like you do in shoulders of tees) but the waist needs to stretch some to get it over the head & shoulders when putting it on. I am at a loss. My dresses came out ok, but I am not happy with the stretched out waisline area. Any suggestions???

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    Cowgirlmillie says:

    This is beautiful. I made one for my daughter years ago with a simple pull over dress and added the puffy side. But it did not look as good as this one.Great job. I am so impressed.

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    Kate says:

    Thank you for your lovely tutorial – I made a pink version for my 6 year old’s princess birthday party 6 months ago and she loves it. I used stretch velvet for the bodice and flannel backed satin (pyjama fabric) for the skirt. I get compliments all the time (because she wears it a lot!) and it is by far the most satisfying thing I have ever sewed! Thank you xxx

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    estibaliz says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorials!!!!! They’re very very very helpful!!

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    sylvia says:

    My daughter is having a princess party at nursery and she wanted to be Cinderella – I’m not talented as you but with your lessons i will try to make the dress myself. It’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!!!
    I LOVE IT !!!!

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    Cristina says:

    Just to say thanks for this faboulous tutorial! Pictures are so neat and explanations so step by step that it seems so easy! I also love your repurposing tips.
    Thanks and congratulations for such good work.

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    love this! I will be adjusting it to be “Princess Peach” for a Mario themed birthday party!

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    Cristina says:

    Dear Ashley, first of all thanks for this wonderful tutorials that you take the time to post! My daughter wants a princess dress and as I used to make some simple projects when I was younger, I thought I might give it a try. But, it’s been a long time and I’m afraid to mess it up as I have an old and quite basic sewing machine. Well then, onto the question; your neckline is perfect but I remember doing some and finding it not so easy; if I understand you correctly you sew it twice? Once to attach the pieces togheter and the second time from the front once it’s in place, or…? Thanks in advance for your answer and many congrats for your work, it’s truly inspirational!

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    Absolutely AWESOME. Had you bookmarked for Carnival, however, as I just missed that, I ‘ll feature you in the month before Halloween on our blog. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful design skills.

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    Jessica says:

    AMAZING!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!

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    Cherece Maree says:

    This is amazind im making a cinderella dress for my 18th.! tanksfor making it a hell lot easier!

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    Mrs T says:

    Thanks so much for your tutorial. My friend and I used it to upcycle some curtains and a tablecloth into a beautiful Cinderella costume for my daughter. You can see our creation on my post
    Of course, we gave credit to your site with a link back.

    Thanks again,
    happy sewing.

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    Elizabeth says:

    Hi I am looking for someone to create Princess Customes for Adult. Would you be able to do them? Or do you know someone who can attend me?
    Thank you so much!!

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    wendy says:

    Since I am somewhat new with sewing. How much fabric of each do you need for a 5 t ?

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    Gaynor says:

    Thank you so much for this brilliant tutorial – my 4 year old wanted a blue Cinderella dress for her birthday but I struggled to find one in her size ( she’s very tall for her age ). I followed your instructions and we are both delighted with the result !

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    Lilanya7 says:

    How much would you charge to make a cinderella dress in a 5T and your prince costume in 12-18 months?

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    vanessa says:

    You are amazing at these tutorials! thank you for taking the time and doing these blogs for others. When i came across the mary poppins tutorial i was so excited to get started, but as i was writing my list for what i need from joanns my daughter came to me and said she no longer wanted to be mary poppins. She now wants to be Belle from beauty and the beast. Do you have any suggestions as for how i can make the sleeves? I’d greatly appreciate your opinion. Thank You

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    Aravel says:

    Hello Ashley! I am charmed with your blog and I follow you a lot time ago. With your tutorials everything seems to be easy. I love crafting, but sewing i’m only a beginner. With your fantastic tutorial I sewed for my 6-year-old daughter the Cinderella dress and she wore it at Disneyland. Your dress is better, but I want to show you my version because i couldn’t make it without you:

    Thank you so much!

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    Aravel says:

    Hello Ashley! I am charmed with your blog and I follow you a long time ago. With your tutorials everything seems to be easy. I love crafting, but sewing i’m only a beginner. With your fantastic tutorial I sewed for my 6-year-old daughter the Cinderella dress and she wore it at Disneyland. Your dress is better, but I want to show you my version because i couldn’t make it without you:

    Thank you so much!

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    Daniela says:

    I just found your dress when I was searching for a CINDERELLA DRESS on the german websites. Instead of buying one, I asked my friend to make yours for me. 1st December we will go to a CINDERELLA Musical in Cologne. So my daughter (cute as your beautiful girl) will wear it ;-) Thank you for your idea. I am just thinking in letting her design a second one .. FOR ME ;-)))))

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    tessa says:

    hi this is amazing and gorgeous! I am extremely jealous, and i have a few questions
    1. how long did this take to make
    2. how much money did u use to buy the materials
    3. where do u buy the stuff
    4. how r u such a good sewer!

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    Angela says:

    You are my new hero! My daughter wanted a princess Daisy costume (from Mario Bros) for Halloween and I am just beginning (as in really JUST BEGINNING) to sew a little. It’s hard to find a Daisy costume anywhere!! I just happened to stumble upon this site and thought maybe, just maybe, I could make this work with your instructions. I can’t read a pattern for anything – they are like Greek to me. Your instructions were perfect! I was able to complete her dress in just two days and it looked great!!!

    I really appreciate the time you took to give step by step instructions and include pictures with everything. The only thing I didn’t quite understand was how you put the skirt together, but I figured something out – whether it was the same as you did it or not, it worked. I am so thankful to you for my first really successful sewing project and for the fact my daughter can now be what she wanted to be for Halloween. I’m thinking I might have to be a regular for reading your blog. THANK YOU!!!!

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    Laura K says:

    I just made this for my daughter for this upcoming halloween. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I’m a new and learning sewer and found this tutuorial to be very helpful. Especially all the picutres. My Cinderella dress turned out great and I can’t wait for Halloween and for my daughter to wear it!

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    Marloes says:

    Woooh! This is a supergreattutorial! I’m gonna use it for sure! My little girl will be so happy being a princess in this dress!Thanks for ALL of these pictures, they make this a really great tutorial!

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    I am so impressed, and inspired and in awe. Great job. God bless you for your talent and sharing it with us.

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    hana says:

    kose amat

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    Melise says:

    Thanks ever so much for this tutorial. I wanted you to know that a French little girl will soon wear a wedding dress I derived from your Cinderella dress (I just used white fabric and removed the fluffy thingies on the sides!)
    It was my very first costume making experience, and you made it easy.
    So thanks again for sharing your talent!
    From a French fan of your website!

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    Vonnie says:

    I’m going to make this for my Granddaughter and she does not live near me so I’m going to make it 2 pieces. Has anyone else done this?
    Thank you for “tons and tons and tons of pictures and explanations” better to have too many than not enough (miss a step) I bought patterns before and they seem as if they missed a step or two, that happen to anyone else?
    God Bless

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    Leah says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! I would have never picked up a pattern and thought I could do this but you made it so easy with all the steps. I’ve included a link to the finished dress. Oh and I got most of the materials from a thrift store. The top was actuallya pair of pj type pants in a former life! I made this for my daughter for her 4th birthday and I can’t wait to give it to her! Her birthday is in 3 weeks and she’s been asking for a cinderella dress almost daily for a month. I was just going to buy one but they were expensive and cheap all at the same time! Thank you again!

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    Elisa says:

    thank thank thank you from Italy! I made it in white and she loves it!

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    Wendy says:

    Wow, this is amaing, such an easy tutorial to follow with fantastic results. This is the first “complex” sewing project I have tried and while my dress is not as perfect as yours I am really happy with the resutls and can’t wait for my princess to wear the costume to a party next week.
    Thank you

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    Irene McColl says:

    WOWOWOW!!! That was a “simply” Awesome tutorial! Thank-you for post it. Irene

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    Gowri Buvan says:

    Awesome… I pick anyother thing to explain about your effort..
    Wonderful.. Thanks a bunch for this lovely site..

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    Cristina says:

    Wow you are so talented! Thank you for posting such a lovely tutorial. Your daughter is beaming :)

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    Claire Young says:

    Making this dress now! Starting out with a practice run with less expensive fabric. Let you know how it turns out! Thanks for posting!!!! :D

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    Linda says:

    I used your tutorial to make the side flaps on my daughter’s Cinderella dress. Your instructions made it so easy! Would love to have you check it out at


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    Crystal says:

    Love it. I would like to know how many yards of each material did you use.

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    Audra says:

    Thank you so much!! this helped out a lot with trying to make my little girls costume for halloween this year!

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    Karissa says:

    This costume became a reality for my lil princess today thanks to your awesome tutorial!!!

    Thank you!!!

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    Claire Young says:

    WOW! Your instructions are DO detailed, I could have never done this without you!!! This was my first ever clothing project EVER and I am completely blown away by how beautiful it turned out. My daughter has told me “I love” and given me countless hugs and kisses in the past 1/2 hour it has been completed. I made hers in a dark blue satin with light blue sleeves/side thingies gloves and head band with a shimmery drk blue over hang over the drk blue skirt. It is absolutely magnificent! Looking forward to trying another of your tutorials! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! ~ The Cinderella’s Mom (the other one ;) )

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    Carmen says:

    Just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for taking the time to post this tutorial. I used it to make my little one’s Halloween costume and she could not have been more happy. Your directions were so clear that I found the process of making it pretty easy, and I am a VERY novice sewer. I had never even ever made a sleeve before! Imagine how shocked I was when the finished product looked almost exactly the same as yours. I can’t thank you enough, you helped me put such a huge smile on my little girl’s face. !

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    Villapallo says:

    Hello! I made a princess dress for my daughter with the help of your wonderful tutorial! Thanks a lot!! :-)

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    Angel says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial……It was awesome. I made it for my daughter….Thank you.

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    Bethany says:

    You are so talented and inspiring! Thank you for sharing. :)

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    melissa says:

    This is an absolutely wonderful tutorial!! I made a Cinderella dress for my daughter and I’m putting the finishing touches on a snow white dress for her. All because of YOU! Thank you so much for taking the time to make this. Thank you

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    Cecile says:

    Hello and thank you for this nice tutorial. Here is my version of the dress:

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    Sharon says:

    Thank you so very much for this great and very detailed Tutorial!!
    Your Dress is Gorgeous~

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    Helen says:

    Thank you so much. I’ve been searching the net everywhere for a tutorial on how to make puffy sleeves. I’ve learned the technique now and then some from this blog. Your dress is beautiful. Keep up the good work. Thanks again.

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    Amanda says:

    WOW! You are so talented! Im only 15 but i obsess over Disney. Im also a crafter and my next project will be tackling how to use my sewing machine. Im going to mickeys Halloween party this year and i really want to make a truly breathtaking Repunzel costume(an adult version of yours). I am using you as inspiration, i hope i can pull something together that looks almost as amazing as your design. Thats all i can hope for. Anyways thank you for the idea! Wish me luck!!!

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    kammy says:

    i love your tutorial and will be using it to make a cinderella dress for my 7yr old. Also, for pattern paper, I always buy the clearance rolls of gift wrap paper after Christmas. It makes great paper for drawing my own patterns and only a few dollars for long and wide rolls of paper!

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    Angela C says:

    I loved your tutorial. I used it to make a Cinderella and a Rapunzel. I modified a few things and it took me three tries to get my cap sleeves, but only because my sewing skills are not as good as yours. Thank thank you. I have this bookmarked to keep using.

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    Jessica M J says:

    Thank you! This is so amazing! I am making this for my daughter, the bodice is done and my 2 1/2 year old keeps asking when she gets to go to the ball. So sweet! She is my only child so my poor 80 lb lab might end up as the fairy dogfather with magic leash.

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    kelly says:

    This is an incredible tutorial. Thank you so much. I laughed as I read it, cause you sound just like me. Very thorough with your explanations.I can’t wait to make this dress, as well as check out your other tutorials.

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    Kristi says:

    I’m halfway through- bodice is finished and working on the neck binding. Such a great, easy to follow tutorial. Thank you! I have a question about the satin though- yours looks so nice and neat with just a few frays and mine is fraying like crazy. This is only my second project working with satin- I made my daughter a baby Princess Peach dress 2 years ago and I can’t stop it from fraying. Do you have any suggestions beyond a zig zag stich to finish- that doesn’t seem to be helping.

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    willie crosby says:

    I rarely comment on tutorials but simply had to thank you for this one. I’m blown away by your beautiful creation. If this effort is for a costume, then I have to check out the rest of your blog

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    Anita says:

    Thank you SO much for this tutorial. Going on a Disney Vacation next year with a stop at the Magic Kingdom and then a cruise. Taking 5 “Princesses” with and they want various dresses for each day. What a GREAT find. Have you done any of the other Princesses? I would love to have just 1 source to make their dreams come true…
    THANKS again

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      Robin says:

      By way of Disney she has Repunzel from “Tangled”, Mary Poppins, and Tinkerbell. To find them, enter each of the names in the gray search bar up top under the “FAQ”, “Archives” “Contact” menu bar. You will find them there. What a fun trip to look forward to.

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    Maggie says:

    I just made my little girl a Little Bo Peep dress using this tutorial. Thank you so much! You instructions really helped. It came out great!

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