The last few years, Halloween has kind of passed by. I would dress the girls up, and last year we even took them trick-or-treating to a few houses – but they didn’t really get it. When I explained to Kyah what Halloween was a few months ago, without any hesitation – she decided that she wanted to be Cinderella.
Finally, I sat down and came up with an idea that would be comfortable and fun – and make my little princess feel just like Cinderella. The shirred bodice does just that – it adds so much flexibility and stretch that will play with her, even grow with her – and is sturdy, yet elegant enough, to be fit for Cinderella.
Take one side – doesn’t matter which, and lay out your lining fabric right side up. Place your middle bodice section along the front edge (the diagonal side) right side up, lining up the edges.
You did it! Bodice, done. Now – on to the sleeves and skirt.
First, you will need to cut two sleeve pieces – I used a shiny white fabric. Adjust this pattern so that half of the sleeve width is equal to approximately the circumference of bodice armhole. (Or the entire, unfolded sleeve is equal to twice the circumference.) Don’t get too technical here, just use your best guess. You will be gathering the sleeve quite a bit so you’ll never know the difference.
After you have cut both sleeve pieces, fold each in half, right sides together, and sew or serge along the inner edge.
Flip the poofs upward so that they are pointed up and encasing the bodice. Turn the skirt inside out , and then tuck the bodice and poofs inside (upside down, so that the waist seams meet), so that the right sides are facing. Because the elastic was cut to fit the bodice, it should line up pretty nicely. Align the seam of the top layer of the skirt to either the side or back of the dress.