Today I’m going to share for you my tips on how to make a Minnie Mouse dress. Remember, we are using just one pattern (simplicity 2377 I believe) for all the dresses I’ll be making and I’ll be showing some adaptations along the way to get the dress to “feel” like each particular character. For information on previous dresses and general tips on making this pattern check out the page on the Pretty Princess Sew Along where you can find all of the posts on all of the dresses.
Let’s make this dress of one of our favorite mice!
– I’m making a Classic Disney Minnie Mouse dress. And Minnie is known for one fabric and one fabric alone: red with large white polka dots. That is the only fabric you will need for this dress. And unless you have a tendency toward large dots, it’s doubtful you will have this fabric in your stash. You might…one less thing to buy! But I had to buy my fabric. I actually found my fabric in the general cotton section at Joanns (they have a pink dot just like this too if you want to go with the “updated” Minnie”). I didn’t have time to order online, but once again there are some great options for polka dots. Nearly everyone sells a red with white polka dot. I like the fabric I picked because of the large scale of the dot…Minnie is not shy about that dot! I’m not seeing the scale on this at the moment, but Michael Miller is great for basics like this.
– I chose two trims for this dress. One is a wider satin black ribbon for the tie at the waist. The other is a lightly gathered black lace for the hem detail of the dress. I bought a spool of each but I was really tight on the black lace. I want to remind everyone that I’m currently making the smallest size of the dress and your trim needs may be slightly greater than mine for larger sizes of the dress. Your best bet is to measure!!
– There are three simple black buttons that I used to make a Minnie/Mickey head for the bodice of the dress. You will need 1 large black button and 2 medium black buttons. Ideally these will all match, but you know the deal. Make it work!
Getting Started! Let’s make the dress
Cut your bodice, sleeve and skirt fabric all from the red polka dot fabric.
Then gather your skirt top if you have not already and prepare to sew the bodice top to the skirt. You can apply the buttons to the bodice first if you like before sewing the top and skirt together. But I prefer to sew the two together first so that I have a truer view of the bodice. (no extra fabric that will actually be in the seam allowance)
Again, I also chose to add the ribbon waist tie before the button detail to have the truest view of the bodice. Use the pattern piece provide for the waist tie. This pattern piece is for ONE side tie, so you will need to double it plus add the length of the bodice front to determine your entire cut ribbon.
Be sure to add your pictures and progress to the Pretty Princess Flickr Group . Check out all of the fun dresses there!
Oh and I’m taking suggestions on the next dress. I have the cleaning dress for Cinderella in mind and Snow White. Any others that you want to see right away or preferences on which to do next?