Hot! Princess for a Day!

The Royal Facts

Fabric: Thrifted blue silk
Pattern: Butterick 5455
Year: contemporary
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! :)

Poses in the Roses



Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. beautiful color…love it

  2. This looks so gorgeous! Well done. And the styling is super cute. I can’t believe you upstaged the DOC- that’s quite an accomplishment, well done. ;) ;)

  3. Thank you, Steph, I always enjoy the photoshoots with my daughters. They do such a nice job.

  4. Lovely – such a regal colour which really suits you, so does all the bling! Shame about the silk shrinking – there are special detergents you can buy to wash silks with, wonder if that would stop if from getting worse. I really like the pleats around the neckline – a pretty detail.

  5. gorgeous colour and style, very high class

  6. Very nice. I love that colour on you – it’s gorgeous. :-)

  7. HeHe love it! I had a right royal giggle at your write up you totally stole the show. You look fabulous Barbara and I think blue is definitely your colour. Kate! eat your heart out.

  8. Absolutely stunning. Love the shape of that dress!

  9. Hi Barabar, love the write, I had to giggle. I think your a royally amazing seamstress. Love the color blue on you – gorgeous!

  10. What a fabulous color and style on you!! I love the neckline pleating especially. You are totally rocking that tiara!

  11. This is gorgeous! Very well done. I love you in a tiara :)

  12. You look very regal indeed

  13. Three cheers for the princess!

  14. This dress is just gorgeous on you! Very well done.

  15. Beaute! Love ya mom. Fun photoshoot :)

  16. What a beautiful dress. I love how you pointed out that the pleats went well bc you followed the directions. I should keep that in mind myself.

  17. So pretty! That’s a great color on you, Barbara. I think I’d rather be royally good at sewing than royal : )