Pattern Description: Misses Snow White and Cinderella Disney Princess Costumes. The pattern includes a dress, cape, and collar pieces, along with instruction to cover a purchased headband.
Bodice: Blue velvet
Skirt, Collar, & Lt. Blue Sleeves: Flannel backed satin (great for a little extra warmth!)
Cape: Iridescent Taffeta
Cape & Sleeve Lining: Crinkle satin with random sequins and embroidery.
My little guy, Valentino, and I are costumed as Snow White and Happy the dwarf this year for Halloween.
My research started with the 1937 animated film by Disney which I haven’t watched in years. From there I did a few internet searches to find still images. There are quite a few variations out there, but I wanted to get as close to the original film as possible.
First off, the Simplicity color choices in this pattern are off. For instance, Snow White’s cape varies in tone throughout the film, sometimes dark red, sometimes black, but I don’t remember ever seeing the bodice and cape the same color. I got lucky and found a deep red/black iridescent taffeta which was perfect because it can look red or black under different light. My research found that the arm band was usually gold or yellow in color, so that was an easy change.
The one thing I really did not like was the cheap looking sleeve treatment. The pattern advises you to fuse sections of one fabric to another with raw edges – ick! It took a bit more time, but I cut an inner and outer sleeve. I created a template for my cutouts a bit more tear-drop shaped than the pattern, cut those templates with seam allowances, sewed right side to right side on my outer-sleeve, clipped the seams, and turned to the inside before invisibly stitching the facings down. The inside sleeve was then basted to the outer sleeve, right side to wrong side and treated as a single piece for gathering and setting in.
HINT: If your puffy sleeves are looking a bit soggy, stuff them with a couple of cotton socks. This works especially great for last minute fixes since everyone has them on hand. The socks are much softer than a net facing sewed into the sleeve head, and because they are removable, the costume will take up less closet space!
I made covered cording in my yellow skirt satin for the center bodice seam as suggested, and added cording to the bodice/skirt seam as well for a more finished look.
Because I did not have enough yellow satin, I left one skirt section out completely, gently pleated the front section, and pleated and gathered the back. I think I prefer the flat front to the gathered Simplicity look (this is also more like the original cartoon drawings as well).
Instead of using velcro to attach the collar, I used snaps (I have never had a good relationship with velcro, and I hate how everything always catches in it – especially hair, and this piece is attached at the neckline). You could also slip-stich the collar in place, but if you plan on driving anywhere, it would be helpful to have an easy way to remove the piece. My collar was interfaced with heavy sew-in interfacing on both pieces, and I also added three lengths of plastic boning to help keep it from flopping over.
My cape was attached with a hook and eye to two thread loops I sewed on the bodice shoulders so the cape did not pull back toward the neck. The pattern suggests sewing snaps to both shoulder seams, but I would recommend thread loops if you plan on wearing the dress without the cape at some point.
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Snow White and Happy the Dwarf
Detail of sleeve alteration.