Veronica wanted to be the Queen of Hearts for Halloween this year. And I have to say, that I absolutely loved making this dress for her. So lets get straight into it:
This is actually the Disney Tangled pattern, number 2065 by Simplicity. I made this for Mathilda for her 4th birthday party, Veronica will be 4 in about 6 weeks, so that’s pretty close to the same age.
One main flaw with this pattern, which I had completely forgetten about until Veronica tried it on, is that the front neckline is so low. Too low. She has to wear a t-shirt underneath or it will be, shall we say – less-than-modest.
If I’d remembered that I would’ve fixed it, just saying in case you were thinking of making up that pattern yourself.
However, it is a really cute, and oddly versatile pattern, and it worked perfectly for Queen of Hearts styling.
I did some fairly hefty modifications, mainly to make it more simple (and yes, I am aware of the irony of making a Simplicity pattern more simple), so here they are:
- I chopped about 4 inches off the hem of the pattern pieces, I basically just placed them on top of each other, rolled them up, and cut it off.
- I halved the width of the skirt pieces – Veronica doesn’t like clothes that are too “big”, and even though Mathilda loved her Rapunzel dress and wore it to death because it was big and flowy, I knew that Veronica would hate that, so rather than cutting out two of the back skirt on the fold, I cut a single width, adding a centre back seam (with an additional a seam allowance), and cut one front underskirt.This worked perfectly for my little plumpkin.
- I omitted the slip, because I had slimmed down the skirt and overskirt, I didn’t need to puff it out with layers of tulle underneath.
- I omitted the bodice neck facing – I just lined it like a normal dress, I don’t know why Simplicity made it so complicated when it didn’t need to be, either its a lining or an inter-lining, I don’t like that they made it somewhere inbetween. So I did it my way.
I was originally going to go with a traditional red-white-black colour palette, but then I found these adorable tights, which have a pink heart (although it may look red in this pic), and I had to change my mind.
So, I had a black satin sheet to use, and I was planning to buy some plain white satin and some plain pink satin, but then I found the pink and silver foil heart nylon tulle and that was just the perfect thing, so this dress was kind of designed as I went along!
The best thing about this dress, was all the trimmings. I got to use lots of little bits and pieces and really have some fun with it.
- black lace
- white lace
- black shabby roses
- pink velvet ric rac
- pink satin ribbon
I cut out some hearts from the scraps of the tulle, and stitched them to the centre front, just stitching with white thread from top to bottom in a single line. So the hearts are loose at the sides. That worked out to be quite pretty.
I almost flipped a coin about whether to use a white zipper, or a black zipper. In the end I went with white, which of course you can see on the bodice, but I think it would have looked worse with a black zipper extending down the skirt.
Naturally, a queen needs a crown. I made one using actual playing cards!
I measured Veronica’s head, and stitched a length of soft elastic into a circle to fit.
I bought a novelty size set from a local $2 shop. I used the Queen of Hearts (no surprises there) and four of the number cards from the hearts suite.
I stitched them straight onto the elastic using a longer stitch length. I overlapped their edges slightly.
I added some more trims (yay!), this time some wider white lace, and a piece of grosgrain ribbon which is printed with hearts.
This was really simple to do, and was even neat looking on the inside.
I added some hearts to Veronica’s cheeks with a face-paint crayon.
She wore the dress with her favourite silver shoes (because every girl needs to have silver shoes, right?).
A quick note about Jonathan’s costume
Jonathan didn’t miss out this year, but I didn’t make him anything. He wore a cape that I bought several years ago, matched with some incredibly tacky plastic teeth – and that made him happy! He didn’t want any face paint, or other fancy clothes. He was just fine.
Thanks for reading.