As soon as I found out we were going to Disney World this Spring I was planning out what I’d make for Amelie. There’s no better excuse for new princess clothes! Our trip was this past April and, as luck would have it, coincided with Amelie’s 6th birthday. It was an amazing family reunion vacation! Disneybound all the Way!
I spent quite a bit of time planning out my makes for our 3 days in the parks. Ami got three princess looks-Cinderella, Elena of Avalor for her Bibiddi Bobiddi Boutique Makeover and Snow White. Originally I planned out a Jasmine swim look but realized Ami had more than enough swimwear. Maybe next year. I whipped up Nigel some Star Wars shorts for Hollywood Studios and for myself I made a Snow White Look for MK and pulled together some last minute disneybound looks for Alice in Wonderland our first night and Jasmine at Epcot.
You can check out my inspiration board here:
Ami as Cinderella
When I decided to make Amelie her princess looks my first thought was how to keep them comfy and wearable beyond Disney. So I went with sporty separates for my active little girl. The tees, skirts and leggings can easily be worn again. Our trip was in April so they needed to be lightweight knits. I tried to keep these as casual inspirations and love the results!
The highlight of this Cinderella look is the applique princess seams on the bodice. I just love how this technique elevated the tee. I cut strips and marked my fabric along where princess seams would be and then sewed one side down with two rows of stitching and then trimmed the other side. The top is self drafted with puff sleeves in the lighter knit and the main body in interlock. The skirted leggings have a light overlay white skirt.
Sorry if this is picture overload but I made so many looks for this trip that I couldn’t resist sharing them all! Since we were celebrating Amelie’s birthday we went all out. New princess outfits, a makeover, and a wonderful dinner out with the Winnie the Pooh Character’s at the Crystal Palace (btw the food was fab-ignore the reviews!) It was such an amazing trip! My parents arranged the whole thing so they could have a vacation with all of their grandkids! Thanks Mom and Dad!!!
We stayed at Disney Port Orleans Riverside and had three rooms next to each other. It’s a gorgeous resort- You could vacation there without even going to the parks and have an amazing time. We had the Royal Guest Suites and they were just lovely. The pool was awesome with a log flume waterslide and the Resort restaurant, Boatwrights, had a fantastic menu-something for everyone-even the picky eaters.
We arrived Monday night at the resort and spent Tuesday at the Magic Kingdom. Ami and I hit the princesses first thing while the older kids went on more adventurous rides. My favorite part was going over to Tom Sawyer Island, a relaxing break for the kiddos after a busy morning. Wednesday the families split up- My mom, Amelie and I went to Epcot to see the Flower Show and snack around the world. Nigel and my husband, father and brother and niece went to Hollywood Studios (the boys are all obsessed with Star Wars!) while my sister’s family headed to Universal Studios. Our last day we all gathered together again at the Animal Kingdom for Kilamanjaro Safari’s in the morning and Yak and Yeti for lunch(delish!). My husband Vic and I were super excited to get our first chance back on a rollercoaster-Expedition Everest- since having kids! Vacationing with the grandparents is awesome! Then we all went on Kali River rapids before we ended our day. Best trip ever!
Amelie’s Birthday Princess Makeover
Bibiddi Bobbidi Boutique
Amelie as Elena of Avalor
This was Ami’s pick to wear for her makeover at the Bibiddi Bobbidi boutique! She got pink braided Rapunzel hair, plus makeup and nails done by the fairy godmother’s assistants in training. They send the kids out with a cute pink backpack and goodies. Plus you can get a mini photoshoot afterwards to add-on to your photopass pics! A truly magical experience!
The base of the dress is McCall’s 6948 with deep flounces added to the neck and hems. I think this fabric is an amazing match to Elena’s everyday dress. And the cotton is soft and light. I added straps as the bodice of this dress was a bit large and was falling off Amelie’s shoulders. So take note if you’re making this pattern. I used French seams and then left them on the outside to keep interior seams to a minimum. Ami is pretty sensitive and I try to keep her clothing as comfortable as possible. Because the added flounce is large it’s unnoticeable. I’m so proud of how this turned out!
Amelie got to meet Mulan, Rapunzal, Cinderella, Tiana, and Elena! It was the highlight of her trip! We used our fastpasses on most of them so our wait time was minimal and we lucked out in Epcot that we were visiting China right as Mulan appeared. Mulan is her favorite Disney character- she dressed up like her for Halloween. She was so thrilled to get her signatures for her book and got some amazing pictures. We didn’t overboard so she’s looking forward to getting signatures from the ones we missed next time. The highlight of our day at Epcot was getting fastpasses to the Frozen ride! We had a problem with our tickets and got to pick any ride for the inconvenience. Disney does have great customer service. Ami was so psyched for her first real ride!
Patterns Used (+ self drafted patterns)
McCalls 6948, M6918, Vogue V9008, M6548
Amelie as Snow White
This is one of my fav looks! I took a basic tee and slashed the sleeves to insert the red fabric and then added a red band to the bottom. These knits from Kostex were fab to work with plus they were so lightweight. Perfect for Spring in Florida! I made Ami a matching bow headband and the little bright yellow skirt has shorts underneath and an elastic waistband that folds over.
Nigel-Star Wars Shorts-Hollywood Studios!
I made Nigel simple shorts for our trip. I modified this pattern to ease the construction by cutting the front and back as one so there is just one seam. I cut these out at the same time in the two Star Wars prints from Joann’s and lined up the side pockets to match. The pockets on these are nice and large which Nigel loves. He’s always finding things to carry and keep. I always get a ton of requests after I make Nigel anything Star Wars!
My Disneybound Looks!
I kept my disneybound looks pretty simple. I wanted my looks to be inspired but subtle-other than Snow White. For Snow White-my all time favorite princess- I used the leftover yardage from Ami’s costume for my tee and headband and made a simple short using a yellow Cloud 9 cotton lined with a yellow dress shirt from my dad. The shorts are another mashup of the Holly Pant from By Hand London and B5504 Connie Crawford Pant-this time as shorts. You can see my earlier versions here and here. The tee has a panel down the center (since I was using remnants) and a cap sleeve. It’s cute and fitted and oh so soft. I got tons of compliments on this look!
For Epcot my look was inspired by Jasmine in shades of mint. The shorts were a wearable muslin of Vogue 9008-one of my #2017makenine– which I’m still not sure of. The tee is another Dolman tee in the mint knit. It’s pretty sheer so I’m wearing it with a tank. I was originally going to use the yardage for Ami’s Cinderella look but it was a bit too green and much too sheer. I wear this tee a lot around the house-it’s so comfy.
For the other days I wore an Alice in Wonderland look (our first night) with my Morgan white jeans and a light blue and white Odgen Cami that I added black buttons to. At dinner I wore my Colfax Dress (in the family photo above) and our last day I wore my Peachy Keen Knit Tank and Grey leggings. It was so hot that last day so it was nice to be in something light. Plus I got soaked on the Rapids and my outfit dried super quick!
These are really fun! And I especially love that you made your daughter’s looks more everyday wearable than all out princess.
Thanks Becky! That really is the best part, my daughter can wear them as regular clothes. Comfort always comes first with kids clothes!