This DIY princess dress will be the perfect gift to celebrate any occasion – photo shoots, birthday parties, holidays, or dress-up games with friends. Making your little girl feel like royalty doesn’t have to be expensive – it’s so easy to create your own princess costume.
So, here’s how to make this easy princess tulle dress for little girls.
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- Dress Fabric of your choice
- Soft tulle fabric
- Lining fabric for the skirt – satin/cotton
- sewing machine
- sewing machine needle
- matching thread
- sewing pins
- fabric scissors
- 1/8 inch elastic / 1/4 inch elastic
- bias tape
Free princess tulle dress pattern and tutorial
For the peasant top, cut your fabric pieces on the fold – you need 1 front piece, 1 back piece, and 2 sleeve pieces for the cotton bodice.
Skirt lining – 1 cotton piece – 13 inches long x 44 inches wide.
Tulle skirt – 2 tulle pieces – 13 inches long x 118 inches wide.
You’ll also need about 32 inches of bias tape and about 55 inches of 1/4 inch wide elastic.
First, pin the front of the top and one sleeve to the armhole, with the right sides together. Sew with a 3/8” seam allowance. Repeat with the other sleeve.
Press the seam allowance to one side – I skipped this step and it shows.
Next, align the back sleeves and the bodice back to the armhole, right sides together, and sew.
Then finish all the four armhole seams with a serger/zigzag stitch.
Sew the top together at each side, matching the underarm seams.
Finish and press the seams.
Serge around the neckline and the bottom of each sleeve.
Let’s form the elastic casings. Turn under the edge of each sleeve about ½ inch and sew, leaving a small opening.
Repeat for the neckline.
Fold the 44” x 13” fabric rectangle in half, right sides together, to create a side seam, then sew with a 3/8 inch seam allowance and finish the seam with your serger/zigzag stitch.
Change the stitch length to the longest possible and baste around the top edge of the skirt lining and gather it until it fits around the bottom of the peasant top.
To avoid wonky seams on tulle fabric, you’ll again use the longest stitch setting available on your sewing machine – mine is 4. Take one of the tulle layers and sew the side seam. Backstitch only at the end (this will be the bottom of the skirt), do not backstitch at the beginning.
Repeat for the other tulle layer. Set the iron on the lowest temperature setting and press the tulle side seams.
Now, the tulle layers will be individually gathered. So, baste around the top edge of one of the tulle layers and gather it until it fits around the bottom of the peasant top. Repeat for the second tulle layer.
Subsequently, place one tulle layer inside the other, the wrong side of the first layer to the right side of the second. Sew the two layers together.