I'm not sure what it is about her but above all the other Disney princesses, Cinderella is a favorite with every little girl I know. Even before they saw the movie, our girls were enchanted. And her dress isn't even pink, ya know?
Wanting to get a head start on costumes this year, I thrifted a table cloth that was the perfect shade of baby blue with silver threads running through and of course didn't get started until last week! Eek! I didn't have a pattern, so just used a tank top to make one for the bodice. The skirt is all one piece, gathered in the front with several pleats. The skirt was made extra full with about 6 yards of tulle netting - it was hand-gathered and stretched across the entire living room and into the kitchen! So the weight is probably similar to how heavy a dress would weighed back in the times when there were princes and princesses.
With the weight of the tulle and the fabric, I had to hand crank the needle to sew together the bodice and skirt so rather than add more weight with the hip pads, I hot glued a pearl bead strand to give the illusion without the added bulk. Then we found a bunch of flowers in the craft stash and decided to add those too!
To ensure the dress can easily transform from Halloween costume to everyday dress-up play without falling apart (we've bought the Disney costumes and they are so cheaply made!), I used french seams on the bodice and Hong Seams where the arms connect to the shoulders. In retrospect, adding a lining would have eliminated the need for the Hong Kong seams and made the dress even fancier.
Of course, she loves it and I expect will be wearing the dress on a daily basis. Don't forget to check back tomorrow, I'll have a DIY up to turn some plain mary janes into a pair fit for a princess.