Step Eight: Add the sleeves and bias casing on the shoulders.
We are using tulle or nylon netting and I am wondering how I am going to make this dress stay on a kid I have never seen, so I borrow Tamara's little princess as a model. Tamara is a neighbor who I have never actually met in person but she very kindly agreed to lend me the princess for the fitting and the photo. I know her through a Whatsapp chat group in our apartment building where members exchange tips for things like plumbers and babysitting contacts. Pretty handy to be able to get a princess this way too.
Having never seen the princess in question, decided on a bias casing where I will thread a cord made with folded bias tape to be able to adjust according to the child's needs. The elastic will help the dress stay up above the shoulders.
Close the side seams of the sleeve.
Cut one side of the seam allowance. Fold the other side over the shorter side and sew at 1/8″. This technique seals the edge of the tulle or nylon netting to avoid having the edge scratching the skin of the child.
Pin the center seam to the armhole center seam then pin the rest of the sleeve. Sew the sleeve at 5/8″.
Cut a bias strip 2 1/2″ wide and large enough to go around the neckline and shoulders and sew at 5/8″. Fold the bias band again and sew very close to the edge.Insert a strip of satin cord made with folded and stitched satin bias tape. You may need to use a loop turner for this step. The satin cord should be approximately 4 feet but you'll need to vary this based on the size of your child.
Step Nine: Hem the princess dress.
Repeat this step both for the lining and the main dress.
Sew a row of stitches 1/4″ from the hem edge.Sew another above this one at 1/8″.Cut the edge of the hem close to the first row of stitches.
Fold from the second row, iron and fold again.Stitch the hem close to the edge of the fold.
At the end of these nine steps you are left with a princess dress that can be adapted to many characters. Join me in a couple of days when we will be adding some bling to this princess dress to make it really worthy of a princess. I hope your little princess enjoys the costume as much as mine would have.