This dress comes from a tale from Charles Perrault that is very well known by all kids in France called “Peau D’Ane” (Donkey skin). This is the dress of the color of the sun in the story. I used a gold fabric that frays a lot so it was very hard to sew, I would recommend a fabric more easy to sew. The lining is made of cotton fabric and ribbon is Christmas ribbon.
This is the story of a princess who have to hide from her father who wants to marry her. She first asked for 3 dresses: one of the color of the weather, one of the color of the moon and one of the color of the sun. She finally asked for the fur of a magic donkey that produces gold and diamonds. Since her father would give her anything and won’t change his mind, she escaped with the help of her fairy godmother and disguised herself as a servant wearing the donkey skin so no one would recognize her. A prince saw her while she was not wearing the skin and asked that she would make a cake. She placed her ring in the cake. And the prince said that he would marry the girl to which this ring fits. The ring was so thin that she was the only one who can wear it. She married the prince. I found this link where you can read the tale: http://www.fabulousfairytales.com/tale/donkey-skin
– Bottom: 17 ½” x 7 ½” (45cm x 19cm)
– Lining: 17 ½” x 7 ½” (45cm x 19cm)
– Top: 4 rectangles 3 ½” x 1 ¾” (9cm x 4.5cm)
– Sleeves: 2 rectangles 4 ½” x 3” (11.5cm x 7.5cm)
– 2 sew on snaps
– Pick up the top fabrics and draw a point on each of them on the side at 1” (2.5cm)
– Cut from this point to the opposite corner to prepare the V neck
– Then sew 2 of the fabrics together in the middle, this will be top front
– Sew the breast pleats: in the middle of each side of front fabric.
– Sew the front and back top together on the shoulders
– Take the sleeves and gather the longest side so it will be 2” at the end (5cm)
– Sew the sleeves to the top
– Sew a hem on each sleeve and pleat from time to time so it will be puffy. Be careful the hand can still pass on.
– Sew the top on the sides
– Sew a hem around the neck
– Draw the line where we will sew the top and the bottom together. ¾” (2cm) on the sides and ½” (1cm)on the front.
– Sew the bottom following the line. Gather the fabric.
– Cut the skirt in the middle up to 1” (2.5cm) from the top
– Then cut the skirt to make it round and sew a hem all around
– Sew the lining inside and when you’ll cut the extra fabric, leave ½” of fabric inside, so the dress will be puffy
– Sew a hem on the bottom of the lining and ribbon
– Sew the dress on the back up to 1” (2.5cm) from the waist. Sew the lining and the skirt separately for a better result.
– Sew a hem on the rest
– Sew the sew on snaps and the decoration