Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Hands up those who know that in the original Cinderella story, the illustrious princess had three gowns, one for each night of the ball?
And that the first was pink, the second blue, and the third gold-and-silver?
And that it was actually mentioned, in some versions,
that her gowns had floating overskirts (must have been written by a sewing person)?
Emily's is the last of this year's Princess Costume Trilogy. How unoriginal is that?
Every year the girls ask to be princesses, fairies or variations thereof. It never departs from this general theme. I am always hopeful that sometime they will ask to be something more unique, like a bratwurst, or ET. But it never happens. So now their closet is full of princess costumes. But I'm not complaining because while they will not wear an ET or robot costume after Halloween, they will, and do, wear their princess costumes all through the year.
But back to overskirts. I experimented a bit this year on their overskirts. Kate's Belle dress had a ruched overskirt over a gathered (ick! ick!) skirt. Pretty and luscious, but she noticed right away, at the discerning young age of two-and-a-half, that the twirl factor was very low.
Jenna's Ariel dress was a gathered overskirt over a semi circular skirt. Better, albeit unfaithful to the original Disney dress.
Emily's Cinderella dress has- finally- the swag draping that I'd wanted for Jenna's.
Hurrah, except I was using some stiff gold tissue lame remnant that I of course did not have enough of. So limited twirl. And - oh, must tell you all this - when I'd finished her bodice and before I'd put on the trim, I was suddenly gripped by the urge to slap on a communicator and intone, "Ensign Charming, Cinderella, Mrs., sir. Beam me up, Fairy Godmother!" That shiny reddish gold satin on stark white fleece in that V-layering - hellooooooooooo Star Trek.
Well, here are the princesses:
with their cousins the day before Halloween:
And here are their cloaks:
Satin on the outside, fleece on the inside:
And out they went to Get Candy. It was a warm night, thankfully - only 40++ F. And yes, those are mittens.
3 princess gowns+ 3 princess cloaks+ 8 Rapunzel (although not technically royalty till she married Prince OohILoveYourHair) dresses = I had a lot of fun with the delicious fabrics and trims but I am rather all princessed-out now. Oh for some cardboard.