Princess for a Day!
The Royal Facts
Fabric: Thrifted blue silk
Pattern: Butterick 5455
Notions: invisible black zip
Time to complete: about 5 hours
First worn:May 31, just before granddaughter’s graduation
Wear again? Definitely, it fits so nice!
Total price: The cost of zipper, pattern, and fabric- under ten dollars
Dear Royal Subjects!
My pretty princess dress turned out so perfect! I’m in love with it! I felt so regal that I had to crown myself! It was fun working with this piece of silk from my stash. The pleats around the neck were easy and turned out great because I followed the directions precisely and basted them down. There were only a few hiccups, but nothing too serious. For one, I decided to hand wash the outfit after I made it to get rid of any pleat markings. This changed the texture of the silk entirely. It now has a million little wrinkles, which don’t iron out. Before, it was a smooth as “silk”. The hem shrank a little, but not too much. I ended up taking in the sides a bit. I’m still making just about everything a little on the big side out of fear that the outfit will be too small (I’d be so disappointed after all the time and effort).
My photo shoot was done in my daughter’s lovely backyard. After rummaging through her jewels and then finding a tiara in my granddaughter’s room, we headed outside to the garden. Leah helped pose and style my photos.
Kate Middleton and I posed for the press during our visit to Canada not too long ago. I must admit that I probably stole the show. I promised to tone it down a bit at the queen’s jubilee. After all, I’m not really royal, just royally good at sewing! :)