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The “Perfect” Cinderella Dress – The Process of the Upgraded Version

IMG_3999My Cinderella Dress Process – Upgraded Version

A few years back, I posted about the “perfect” Cinderella dress. I never posted finished photos, nor the process, mostly due to not taking enough photos.

A year later, I was blessed to create a second, upgraded, Cinderella dress for a customer…this time I took photos!

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The completed dress!
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Hand-sewing the hoop skirt’s boning channels!
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Most of the boning is inserted!

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This time around, I used this industrial Singer for my ruffles! No more wearing out my Bernina! Plus, I’m using a ruffler foot for the first time…it worked wonders!
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Another first timer…I decided to serge my several layers of ruffles together! I’m so glad I did; no more fraying!
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Here’s another first timer! I added a detachable ruffled “skirt” to the hoop skirt. It’s hides the hoop skirt when you’re twirling!
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One of the most frustrating things about sewing the Cinderella dress…trying to sew the petticoat together! So many frills!
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In order to create 3 layers of Silk Gauze skirts, I needed to cut 39 skirt pieces. My way of doing it; taping the pattern piece on the floor and laying several layers of fabric on top! (Then you cut them all out!)

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All 6 layers of the outer skirt!

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When you need to hem several layers, you’ve got to get the other layers out of the way! It kinda looks like a mountain, doesn’t it?
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Getting the boning channels placed! I placed more channels than previous dresses.

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In order to create the bodice fabric, I glue 5 different fabrics together. As the glue drys, I pinned the the pattern piece to the form. This way, the piece was formed in the perfect shape!

“Glueing fabric” sounds bad, but I use a spray adhesive that only puts a light amount on; perfect for keeping the several fabrics together!IMG_3891

Here’s a tip for the perfect bodice…cut the fabric on bias!IMG_3894

The first step for creating the bertha: attaching the several pieces of fabric and then gathering the center front and back.
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All that’s left is to add the butterflies! I hand-make them for the upgraded version…this process will be in a later post!

There you have it; the “perfect” Cinderella dress! Truth be told, this is my absolute favorite Cinderella dress I’ve ever made!

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I just had to try it on and give it a twirl!
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Thanks for looking and learning with me! ~ Bella Mae

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10 thoughts on “The “Perfect” Cinderella Dress – The Process of the Upgraded Version

  1. Hi! I’m interested in making a dress like this one! I have one question: How do I find out how much fabric I should get when making this? I’m taller than most people and not very skinny.

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    1. Well, that’s a hard question. But fortunately, size doesn’t have too much to do with this. The the outer layers of the skirt I used about 20 yards of fabric for each layer.
      For the frills, well… I actually don’t have the numbers for that. I just have a stash of Cinderella frills I’ve made and just use them as I need them. This is something you’ll have to experiment with. For my first dress, I ordered 6 bolts of tulle (40yds each). I didn’t use all of it, but it got me started. I also ordered about 10 yards of each of the other fabrics I use.

      For this upgraded version I use mostly nylon chiffon. I believe I used 270 yards of nylon frills (before it’s gathered.)
      Hopefully that gets you started!
      Isabella

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