How to Make a Disney Princess Costume

By Courtney Clark

Disney princesses are loved and admired by girls everywhere, and Disney princess costumes are incredibly popular. These costumes can be purchased in stores, but they are expensive, made of uncomfortable materials and only come in children's sizes. If you make your own Disney princess costume, not only will you save money, but you will also be able to make the costume out of any fabric you'd like and in any size you'd like. These instructions are for Snow White, Ariel or Cinderella costumes.

Make the basic bodice. I recommend Butterick pattern 4827. Leave the back open for a zipper.

For a puff sleeve, cut out two ovals of fabric that are each 7 inches long and 14 inches wide. For each piece of fabric, sew each end of the oval piece together.

Sew a gathering stitch on the top and bottom of the sleeve and gather it until it is small enough to fit around the bicep. Hem the bottom of each sleeve and sew the sleeves to the arm holes of the bodice.

Sew the basic skirt. Cut out a piece of fabric that is 1 inch wider than your waist on top and slants down so that it is 45 to 60 inches wide at the bottom. This fabric piece should be about 45 inches long.

Sew the slanted edges of the fabric together, leaving 4 inches open at the top for the zipper. Hem the bottom of the skirt.

If you are making a Snow White costume, sew the top of the skirt to the bottom of the bodice, matching up the open edges in the back. Sew the zipper in and you are finished.

If making Ariel's pink dress or Cinderella's dress, cut out two pieces of fabric, each 16 nches wide and 45 inches long. Sew a gathering stitch all around the sides and bottom of these pieces and gather them into a bustle shape.

Sew one bustle on each side of the basic skirt, so that they will rest on your hips when the costume is finished. Then, sew the skirt to the bodice as described in step 6.

Tip

This basic pattern can be made into any other Disney princess costume with slight alterations in the sleeves or skirt.

About the Author

Courtney Clark studied English, creative writing, film and history at Southern Virginia University from 2005 through 2008, earning a Bachelor of Arts. During her time at SVU, Clark participated in the English Honors Society and the university's film club.