Patriotic Princess Dress

patriotic princess dress

I am so inspired by moms who can sew. It’s like the gold standard of mommy awesome in my mind. If you can sew your child clothes you have just become the June Clever of my world. I want to be you as a mom.  My darling has the Cinderella and Beauty dresses from the Disney Store (thanks to two sets of amazing grandparents.)

Princess and Daddy

Yes that is my husband in shorts and a blazer… with no shoes. He was “dressed up” for something. That is how we roll (even before we lived in Roatan, my husband was know in South Orange County as “The Barefoot Pastor.”) I love how it looks like she is telling him a story as they walk to the door. She probably was, she is a chatty girl.

So anyhow, I decided to make her a Patriotic Princess Dress with some red, white, and blue tulle I had picked up on a MAJOR black friday sale. (What? You don’t plan your child’s fourth of July outfits at Thanksgiving? haha. I do, because I live far removed from any craft store on the planet.) Originally I was going to make a tutu, then a friend gave me a blue skirt that I thought would work perfectly for the bodice… so I had to do some research on how to accomplish this idea I had floating around my noggin. I checked out what some other moms had done.  That’s when I found the most amazing, like pinnical of Mommy-sewn princess dresses. Ashley at has created a Disney worthy Cinderella dress:

make it love it Cinderella dress

 Swoon! Now you know who I actually want to be when I grow up: Ashley, she is amazing, right?!

Also, check out this awesome Snow White dress from Adrianna at (Isn’t her blog’s name is cute!) She crafted this beauty our of cotton. Whaaaa? You mean little girl won’t get nasty heat rash? I can just wash it and not worry?  Yes, Adrianna is an amazing mom. And some day I plan on making a princess dress out of jersey (because working with tulle was NOT fun.)

crafterhours snow white in cotton

She also has Belle & Aurora – go check them out! I love them. Little girl would adore them.

So I decided to try my hand at a little princess dress for little girl.  I started with some tulle and a skirt to upcycle as well as the Disney Belle dress as my “pattern”.


I started with this:

suppliesprincess dress "pattern"

And it turned into this:

Patriotic Princess Dress

Oh the magic of television, er blogs. I promise I had great intentions of making this a tutorial… but then little woke form her nap and by the time I got back to business it was dark and late,l which makes for horrid photos and I stayed up until after midnight sewing away, totally in the zone, unable to stop and takes progress/tutorial pics.  So you get to see the finished project.  I gave it to Little Girl the next day and she was so excited. Here are the pics:

Little Girl in Patriotic Princess Dress

But she did not want her photo taken. So she crawled in my lap and pouted about the papparazi overload.


But in the end I got this cute little smile:

instagram pic patriotic princess dress

Here are a few things I learned:

1. Use Regular Tulle: Do not use “Glittered” tulle.  My white bottom layers of tulle came pre-glittered. Which really means that Joanns sprayed adhesive and glitter on the tulle… by the time the dress was finished all my needles were sticky, I was covered in glitter head to toe, as was my room, and the tulle was just plane white tulle… no mas glitter. Lame.

2. Super Easy: This COULD be a super simple project: No need to make your own dress! I used the blue skirt to make a dress and then attach the tulle.  Next time I will buy a cotton dress that fits Little Girl and then attach some tulle. Easy Peasy.

3. I would do it again: I would totally attempt this again. Little Girl loves her some princess dresses and unless the grandparents wanna shell out BIG $$$ again this is the only way she is gonna get ’em, I would make more dresses to see my little girl so happy.

4. Worth it: Taking a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, light-skinned little girl to the local airport in the Patriotic Princess Dress envoked more “Awwww! Que Linda!”s than I have ever heard. (Translation: “Ohhhh, how cute!”) That coupled with Little Girl’s love of the dress totally made all the hard work worth it.

I plan on having her wear it to the 4th of July party at the beach with friends. So excited!





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  5. nicholl says:

    so cute!!


    have a great weekend!

  6. Um, SO cute! YOU are the June Clever of this world! It turned out so adorable (and I love your husband’s style haha)

    I’m following you from the follow fest! I’d love for you to stop by my blog and become my blog friend too!

    xo, Brooke

    • So sweet! Thanks Brooke! I feel super accomplished as a mom (and sewer.) See you on your blog too xoxo

  7. What a cute princess dress. My niece loves to dress up too. Just stopping by to say HI! Found your blog via Red, White and You. Looking forward to reading your future post.


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