In case you haven’t noticed yet, Madelyn LOVES to dress for any occasion. When we take our annual Disneyland trip, it’s no exception! In years past, t-shirts were ok, but this year Madelyn decided that dressing like Merida would be the way to go. I looked into making her a full Merida princess dress and I could almost hear the cries of, “I’m hot!” or, “This is itchy” after she wore it for 10 minutes, so off to Etsy I went to get some other ideas. I came across the cutest thing! A Princess Merida apron skirt for a small fee of $82.00. Wait…$82.00?! You’ve got to be kidding…
So I looked a little closer and found that it was just a circle skirt with a high waistband that didn’t close in the back and tied with ribbon. $82.00? I’m in the wrong business.
Off to Joann’s we went to find fabric and ribbon.
I looked online for how to make a circle skirt pattern and you can find several examples. Here’s one from the blog MADE that worked for me:)
Now, I was making this up as I went, so it is far from perfect, but I am not super particular about my sewing, especially if it’s “cotume-y.”
First, I cut a paper pattern and then cut my light turquoise fabric to suit.
Not perfectly even…I know, but close enough.
Then I cut strips for the waist band – 21 inches long and about 5 inches wide.
Now, the first lesson I learned is that I should have just made the band 10 inches wide and folded it over. Next time:)
Since I didn’t do that, I had to sew the two pieces together.
Next, I cut a thinner waist band – 21″ long and 6″ wide (to fold over) and two pieces that had a point on the end for the part of her dress that hangs down in the front.
So, all the pieces looked like this…
I hemmed all the way around the edge of the skirt and up the sides of the slit. Then I sewed around the pointy yellow piece-except for the flat end, then turned it right-side out and pressed it. Then all the pieces, including the top of the circle skirt, got pinned together and sewn.
If I would have been paying closer attention, I would have first hemmed one side of the blue waist band and then nicely top-stitched it to have a nice flat seam on the inside, but “costume”, right?
Now – one more “oops’ – I also completely forgot to hem the ends of the waistband before sewing them onto the circle skirt…maybe my brain was already in Disneyland?? I sewed 2 pieces of yellow ribbon to each end of the waistband.
So, it tied in the back. This could go over a tutu, or – so there aren’t any “I’m too hot” complaints, over some adorable jersey knit ruffle shorts from Children’s Place:)
I also found an adorable yellow canvas flower from Hobby lobby and glued a little turquoise bow in the middle for a matching hairpiece.
Total cost of supplies for skirt and flower was $10.00.
Don’t be fooled by the sweet smile and demure pose…she usually looks like this…
Can’t wait to make one for the other princesses!