The dress was made with the free pattern from Peekaboo Patterns. (Find it here*.) The free pattern is offered in only a single size, which is about a 4T. I made this for my girl when she was only three and she is so skinny that she could have worn about an 18m. But the pattern fits nicely.
I changed up the skirt on the pattern. I found this shiny metallic spandex fabric from Spandex World and it seemed perfect for this dress. Since the fabric was stretchy and a bit stiff, I didn't want to do gather it. (Plus I don't like to sew gathers - it's a pain.) So I used the Jocole A-line skirt as a guide for cutting the skirt portion (find it here.)
The bodice is made with a mostly sheer tricot knit fabric layered with a sequin knit fabric.
The cape part in the back is made with tulle. I left the tulle a bit narrower than the pattern suggests, both because I was running low and because she will be doing a lot of running and playing in this and I don't want it to get in the way.
It should fit her for a nice long while. And it will last a lot longer and be a lot more comfortable than the dress up dresses that you find at the store.
I would love to hear about costumes that you have made. Which ones were your favorites?
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