Use this course with any pattern of your choice or pop on over to frocksandfrolics.com and purchase our stunning princess pattern. This dress has a beginners option with a Spandex back and an advanced option for the big occasion with a back zip closure.
Non editable automatic button
Skill Level: Intermediate
For years I had this plan of a princess series and finally I took the time to start and I must say I loved every minute of it. This beautiful dress comes for ages 1-2 right up to 10-12. (the pattern is available from frocksandfrolic.com)
This pattern is designed for beginners with a little bit of experience or what I call 'adventures beginners'. You don’t have to have extensive knowledge of sewing terms or techniques as you can follow me along and put those extra methods, so vital to stunning looking clothes, under your belt. Do not be intimidated if you don't have much experience, just take your time, watch the video introduction, before you even look at the instructions.
The instructions go beyond what you would usually expect of written instructions. A sneak peak is also shown in the introductory video tutorial. As you learn more and more methods with the Frocks & Frolics library of patterns and here in the academy, you will be able to sew like a 'boss' before long.
This dress is much more than fancy dress and could be used for a special occasion such as a wedding too. Just imagine your little flower girl wearing this stunner of a dress. She would totally steal the show! The sleeves can be made with gorgeous and delicate gathers or simply left plain. They are shaped so they really lay round over the shoulder, creating that classic fairy tale princess look.
Belle with the Panel Skirt
This will be your little girls dream dress-up gown, ready for any princess party! The best fabric for this dress is a polyester double crepe back satin and if you are doing the knit back choose a fabric with excellent stretch recovery.
Belle with the gathered Skirt
This version is perfect for your own photo shoot. Your girl will feel like a glamorous movie star in this over the top, drop dead gorgeous couture extravaganza! (not for a total beginner as it has a zip) Choose your fabric with creative abandon! Anything goes for the Belle look; from satin to quilting cotton. You can iron this skirt so you aren’t limited to a non crease polyester satin. Taffeta would also be a wonderful choice and have a little rustle as she walks. Again a little stretch is never a bad thing even in woven fabrics, as it makes the dress more comfortable. This dress would also make a beautiful flower girl dress in a rich Dupion silk. It’s cut well and does not necessarily rely on an elasticated back to look simply stunning.
My customers have told me that measurements are enough for rectangular skirts, instead of a pattern as it saves a lot of printing ink. So that is what I have done here. In fact any pattern you already have for a gathered skirt can be used.
MEET BELLE - IT TRULY IS A FAIRY TALE COME TRUE!
Couture Tailor and Director at Frocks & Frolics LLC
Marina is the owner and pattern drafter extraordinaire at Frocks & Frolics. She designs the courses, films, edits and brings you the best in online teaching. When she is not working, she enjoys walking on the beach where her mind is never far from a new pattern!