Mending…just part of life

mending Cinderella dress

Ah Cinderella…It seems like your lot in life to have a torn dress.  But we can’t blame the step sisters for this one.  No.  This was the result of years of love and was passed on to my little one.

I thought I might be able to just cut off the top brocade print but no…this rip went all the way through the lining.

mending Cinderella dress

So there was only one thing to do.  Cut the whole top section out!

mending Cinderella dress

I used the trim to guide me as I had already decided it would be the perfect cover up for whatever I replaced the center with.

mending Cinderella dress

I cut the center carefully so that I could use the panel as a pattern for my replacement pieces.

mending Cinderella dress

I scored in the remnants section at the fabric store with the perfect shade of blue lining fabric and a nice flashy metallic mesh.  I paid about $2 total!  Woohoo!  And I have plenty left over.

mending Cinderella dress

I layered the two fabrics and sewed them together.  I found it easiest to cut the lining out from my “pattern” first.

mending Cinderella dress

Then I trimmed it all down to size for the perfect replacement panel.

mending Cinderella dress

Then the somewhat tricky part.  I pinned the panel in place and sewed it from the top side so I could be sure to hide my work in the trim.

mending Cinderella dress

And tada!  A beautiful fix up and a new to us costume!  It looks like it always belonged.  This is when it is handy to know how to sew.

mending Cinderella dress

15 thoughts on “Mending…just part of life

  1. Beautiful! Having no daughters, I never got to challenge that part of my creativity. I mended soccer goalie gloves, and bicycle padded pants and innumerable duffel bags/gear bags – no brainer stuff. Your "fix" on the dress looks like that's how the dress was made in the first place.

  2. Very Cute. I loved making dress up clothes for my little girlies (now 23 & 25). I still get to make Halloween costumes sometimes. Lots of crafty fun!

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