Snow White Dress


I don’t mind princesses. I really don’t. I enjoyed the stories as a child. What I really dislike is the merchandising. The gaudy princess designs that just go onto everything you can think of. From stationery to boots and t-shirts and socks. What I hate the most are the glittery acetate gowns that are mass produced in the land of sweat shops, with every glittery embelishment they can think of, attached to it. Think hot and itchy. So when I received an order for a Snow White dress from my 3 yr old, I decided it had to be cotton, lightweight, and comfortable enough to play in.

Okay I cheated a little. It was hard to buy the correct colors online, and since solids were not expensive, I bought them from Spotlight. Unfortunately they only had cotton/polyester blends which did work out well because it doesn’t require that much ironing. And given the fact my girls pull out their favourite dresses from the laundry pile as soon as they come out of the dryer, it helps that they don’t wrinkle as badly as pure cotton.

Check out that delightful smile. I still owe her a red bow hair band to go with it.


From the side angle you can tell it’s a little bit big. That’s because I’ve been making size 100cm for her and it’s always too snug, so this time I upsized it, which makes sense because she now wants to wear it for her Snow White theme birthday party which will be in a few months time. (hmm… I was not consulted on this one)

My favourite part has got to be the sleeves. I actually promised my girl this dress a long time ago, but had no clue how to make the sleeves.  The credit goes to Jess from the Craftiness is not Optional Blog. Her tutorial is easy to follow and the results look so good!

Oops, now she wants to go to Disneyland to show Snow White her dress. And she wanted me to make a Prince, Evil Queen and Huntsman costume… and invite little dwarves to her party. Hmm…..



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  • Becky Mendoza
    October 19, 2012 - 5:17 am | Permalink

    Absolutely darling! Your girl is adorable! I’m working on a Snow White costume for my one year old and like you, was completely turned off by the off the rack dresses. Glittery and tacky? No thanks!

    I’m very curious as to how you attached your skirt to the bodice, since it has that V shape. For the life of me I can’t figure it out. :D

    Thanks for any info!

    • Cotton Candy
      October 19, 2012 - 9:39 am | Permalink

      Hi Becky, I actually followed the contours of the bodice for the skirt, so the front skirt looks like a wide rectangle with a v-point. But bearing in mind the skirt piece is actually wider because you will need to gather to fit the bodice. For example, if your bodice is 30cm wide (just from the front from left to wide), and the V-point of the bodice which is in the middle, is about 10cm lower than the left and right sides. For the skirt (which will have to be at least 1.5 times wider, so in this example 45cm wide), at the mid-point mark a point that is 10cm below the top edge. Then draw a line from the top left and right corners to meet in the center, that will allow you to gather to fit the bodice’s V shape without affecting the straight hemline below.
      Snow White Skirt with V-shape

  • Becky Mendoza
    October 19, 2012 - 11:16 pm | Permalink

    This is fantastic! Thank you so much! I had gotten as far as making my sleeves and attaching to my bodice (although not v shaped, still straight) and my skirt pieces cut, but had hit a mental road block on this part. Again, thank you!

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