Part of our morning routine involves putting on a movie for my daughter to watch. E has been enjoying watching lots of Disney movies and one of her current favourites is “Beauty and the Beast”. She also loves to dress up so I figured it was time to try my hand at making a “Belle” dress-up apron like I’d seen on Pinterest.
After looking at several patterns and pictures, I decided how I was going to proceed. I got most of my measurements and inspiration from this site, but then made some modifications which I’ll share in this post. One of the things I modified was the neck strap. With a newborn at home now, I wanted to make sure that my daughter would be able to put on and take of the “dress” with as little help from me as possible. The neck strap stretches over her head instead of having it tie in the back. I ended up having to go back and shorten the elastic to make the neck strap a better size, so the pictures show a longer neck strap than you’ll get if you follow the instructions.
– dark yellow fabric
– light yellow fabric
– elastic (in two widths – 1 inch and 1/4 inch)
– hook and loop closure
1. The first step is to cut out all the pieces.
Out of the dark yellow fabric cut…
- Strap: 4 x 22 inches
- Bodice: 8 1/2 x 8 inches (cut 2)
- Waist Band: 3 x 28 inches (cut 2)
- Skirt: 16 x 38 (cut 2)
Out of the light yellow fabric cut…
- Skirt Overlay: 12 x 42 inches
2. Fold the neck strap in half, right sides together, and sew along the long side using a 1/2 in seam allowance. Turn inside out, press, and top stitch along both long sides about 1/4 in from the edge.
3. Cut a 15 inch piece of 1 inch width elastic. Insert it into the strap.
8. Take one waistband piece and fold under all four edges 1/2 inch and press. Repeat with the second waistband piece.
10. Take the skirt overlay piece and hem the bottom: press the bottom edge 1/4 in under, then fold over again, press, and sew the hem.
11. Mark on the wrong side of the skirt overlay, every 7 inches along the bottom as well as at the top, approximately 1 inch from the top edge. Cut five lengths of the 1/4 inch elastic to 7 1/2 inches. Pin the elastic at the marks you just made. (The hemmed bottom of the skirt is at the top of the picture.)
18. Turn the apron over so the front of the apron is facing away from you and pin the second waistband piece so that it is lined up with the first piece, covering all the raw edges. Top stitch along all four sides.
Now to wait for another sale at the fabric store so I can make Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty aprons…and maybe some other princesses too! 🙂
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