Maid Cinderella

It seems obvious that, as a company dubbed Cinderella’s Mice, I should offer a Cinderella costume in my shop, so when my husband’s Aunt Sara came to me with this commission for her ten year old daughter, I had to accept! It may not be the flowy princess costume, but it’s still 100% Cinderella!

The Dress
The costume was going to be used for a play, which affects what sorts of fabrics and colors should be used. Since viewers will be so far away, small details and elaborate fabric textures will likely be lost, so rather than complicate the costume unnecessarily, I stuck with simple cotton fabrics and stong colors. Looking back, I think I made the right choice.

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I was actually lucky to find the perfect pattern for the dress. With that, and my colorful cotton fabrics. I was able to jump right into the project without any complications. It was a surprisingly quick process, though the pattern turned out to be incredibly confusing. New rule: never buy Burda.

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The finished product turned out great! Even with a frustrating pattern, I’d give this part of the costume a 10 out of 10. Not much to change!

The Apron
I used the same cotton fabric for the apron as the rest of the costume. The real issue here was how authentic to go with the design. Alone, the apron was well made but a little dry, but by adding a few small patches, I was able to accent the costume with some detail that it desperately needed. I toyed with the idea of staining or muddying the apron further, but eventually decided against it. Like I said before: the costume was for a play. Subtle details tend to get lost, and I worried that stains or dirt would only give the apron an off-color feel. Oftentimes you’ll find that simplicity is best.

 

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Another 10 out of 10 in my book. I might have approached the design differently if it weren’t meant for the stage, but keeping in mind that it was a child’s costume, I think it turned out perfectly.

The Headscarf
Is headscarf the right word? Bandana? Hair rag? Floppy hat thing? Whatever it was, I wanted to make it right. Rather than creating something that required my husband’s little cousin to tie it everytime she needed to wear it (and risk it falling off during the play) I opted for something a little more practical.

After I got the size and design right, I just folded the fabric over a small plastic headband to keep it rigid. I was sure to glue it on so the fabric didn’t shift or bunch, but then with just a quick seam, it was ready to go. Definitely not a tough piece, but one that should last as long as it’s needed.

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I really liked the stitch pattern around the outside of the headscarf. It’s likely that no one but me will ever notice it, but hey…it was pretty! Another set of full marks. A perfect design — even for something so simple — means less work and less to change for the next rendition of this costume.

Final Thoughts
Simplicity doesn’t always guarantee a lack of complication, but this was one of those few times that everything came together perfectly. Sturdier cotton fabrics meant that the seams were strong, costuming for a play meant that there was no point in stressing over textures or sublte details, and sizing it for a child meant it was a lot easier to fit!

But a perfect costume doesn’t mean that there wasn’t something to learn! By not having as many details to worry about, I was able to expiriment with different stitch patterns and color palettes. Even if it won’t be noticed, using the right stitch can affect the overal appearance of your project. Take the patches, for example. Not only did the thicker stitch look nicer and more accurate, but by bringing it over the edge of the patch, I kept the fabric from folding up awkwardly!

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Doesn’t she look great?! What a cutie! I’m so thankful that I was able to help her look great for her play, and that I was able to add another costume to my repertoire!

 

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