Dress of sunshine

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.
Happy sewing!

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
–    Decoration

Step 1:
–    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.

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Step 2:
–    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

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Step 3:
–    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

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Step 4:
–    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

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17 Responses to Dress of sunshine

  1. Lyndsey says:

    this dress is very beautiful and i love that it is based on a story

    • admin says:

      Thanks! If you want to see what the orginal dress looks like type “robe couleur de soleil” on google and look for images 🙂

  2. Lyndsey says:

    wow i just typed it in great job

  3. aimee says:

    wow its amazing and looks like the original

  4. wendy says:

    hi!!! what a nice dress!!!! thanks for sharing this pattern!!! I will try to make this too. my little girl will love it. but first I will try with a few simple things of your patterns!!!! Did you already made a weddingdress too????

  5. Hi Wendy, my names Abbie and I would like to ask you a question: How do get a wedding dress off Miss B couture?

    • TheMistyPhantom says:

      Ask nicely. Miss B. Couture is a very nice person and is very helpful. She gives great advice and is an excellent taylor and semstress. All you have to do is ask politely, not that I doubt you.

  6. TheMistyPhantom says:

    Excuse me ma’am,
    What’s the name of the fabric you used for this dress? I want to be as accurate as possible. Also, I’m curious if you could do the other two dresses mentioned in the story please? I want to have the matching set so I can tell the story using my two nieces barbies. I hope it’s not a lot of trouble.

    • missbcouture says:

      I don’t know the exact kind of fabric I used for this dress. But any solid fabric would work. By solid I mean that can stand as opposed to fluid (like silk). If you have something like tafetta, that would work perfectly.
      I’ll try to sew the two other dresses when I can.

      Happy sewing !

      Miss B

      • TheMistyPhantom says:

        I cannot wait to see those beautiful masterpieces. I’m afraid I don’t know what tafetta is. I’m very sorry. I sometimes hate how inexperienced I am.

        • missbcouture says:

          You can look it up on the web. It’s a very beautiful fabric. They can also show you what this is in any fabric shop.
          Miss B

  7. josephine says:

    I have looked and looked and cannot find the Wedding dress tutorial can you send it to me direct?

    This is really a great site for Barbie clothes site.

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