2014-03-04

Snow white Costume |Tutorial|


Yesterday I have shared the Snow White costume I made for my 2 year old daughter. Today, as promised, I will share the tutorial on how to make one on your own. I realised I haven't put together a lot of tutorials in this blog lately, and I came to find why. Sometimes, I'd start taking pictures as I start a project, but as I get my hands on the sewing, I get excited and forget to picture some steps. That nearly happened this time again, but I think I got enough to walk you through on your own costume construction. 

So, as said before, I started buying clothes in the colours I needed to sew my dress. I skipped the white collar and the cape... I know G. wouldn't feel comfortable with them so I just didn't get to the trouble of making them. 

When I got home, I knew I would have to make a second skirt. The yellow I picked was so beautiful, it had some shining parts, but it was made of a very thin fabric, see through, and not appropriate for the low temperatures we're getting right now. Also, since I fell for the velvet dress I bought and decided not to use it, I had to search for another kind of dark blue and found a pair of pants and a dress that I added to the project. 


I started with the piping for the bodice. I made my own, but you can buy it ready made. I used one of the shirt's cuffs to make mine.


I cut the skirt from the dress and saved the rest, I didn't need it, the skirt was just enough for my kid's size.


And then put it all together. Pay attention, in my picture below, step 6 comes before step 5, the images weere switched, just follow the number order. After those 6 steps, we'll leave the bodice aside for now.


Now comes the trickiest part... at least it was for me. I had to alter the sleeves, so they could have the red peeking out of the blue. I had never done it before, so it was a try it out and see thing. It worked pretty well I guess. Because I was so focused on trying to get it right, this was also the part I started to take less photos. 


First I had to alter the sleeve pattern in order to make it more puffier. This pin might help you. Then I had to cut my pattern into 6 pieces (just measure the lenght and divide it by 6 and you know where to make the 5 cuts). You should had seam allowances to those new cut pieces of the fabric in order to get the sleeve in the right size. I felt lazy and didn't, crossed my fingers and hoped it wouldn't look too bad. It didn't! You should also cut 5 stripes of the red fabric for each sleeve... I made mine 6 cm wide and 20 cm long but you have to check it with your sleeve lenght.


I am sorry I don't have more photos of the process to share. But you know that if you have any doubts you can just ask me and I'll do my best to help you.

By now the top of your dress is finished. Well, not actually, we still need to finish the collar, I left it for last, because I was undecided. I didn't know if I should add a white peter pan collar or just leave it like this. I ended up with the second option, but I will show you how I finished the collar in a few steps ahead.

All we need to do now (apart from the collar) is the skirt(s) of the dress. And this is the easiest part. As you know I used the yellow pieces (shirt and pants) to make a two layer skirt for the dress. Here's how I cut them to create my skirts...

the shirt first:


Then the sleeves from the shirt... 

All these together made for the main skirt. 

Then I had to cut the pants to make my lining skirt. Here's how...


My costume was almost done. I just had to add some details as the tulle, and finish the main skirt seam with a small tight zig zag stitch. Since it was a very light fabric is worked pretty well and I didn't need to do anything else. You can finish your own seam as you'd wish, of course. 


The last thing to do, is to finish the collar. And then you can go and play pretend in your own new, handmade Snow White costume (or your daughter as in here).


And done! I hope you've enjoyed it and found it helpfull. 

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this! I love those sleeves! I was thinking they would look cute on a regular dress too!!
    I know what you mean about tutorials...I do the same thing. I just want to get it done~ LOL

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  2. Wonderful! Your little girl's costume turned out fabulous, and by her cute little pose you can tell she loves it! You did a great job with the details, Magda! Thank you for sharing this. :)

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