I Am Patterns recently released their new ‘I am a princess’ collection and when they offered to send me a copy of a design of my choice, it did not take me long to pick the winner! The collection includes Diana – a playsuit or dress, Cléopâtre – a pleated dress and top, Shérazade – a dress with oblique seams and Cinderella – my favourite!
It was the cute ruffled sleeves that drew me to the pattern initially, but the delicate V-neckline and loose fitting, comfortable shape also really appealed to me – particularly because the addition of a belt can give the dress a completely different look. Cinderella can be made as a top as well as a dress and includes four different sleeve finishes (sleeveless, short sleeve, short sleeve with ruffles or short sleeve with double gather bands) as well as the all important in-seam pockets!
I needed to buy some fabric before I could make myself a Cinderella – I have never sewn with double gauze before and have been wanting to try it for a while, so I decided this would be the perfect opportunity. I spotted the roll of this gorgeous brick coloured, gold flecked double gauze in an Instagram story shared by Emporia Fabrics and Crafts and was so pleased to find some left in stock on their website – meant to be! I ordered 2.5 metres and I was very impressed when the fabric arrived – the quality is beautiful, the colour is rich and it has washed really well – great value for just £10 per metre.
I really enjoyed cutting and sewing my dress – it’s a very straightforward make and as always, the I Am Patterns instructions were excellent. Cinderella would be perfect for a new sewist to make – with no closures or fastenings to sew and very little fitting to do it would be an ideal project for a beginner. Making the version with the plain sleeve option and omitting the pockets would make it even easier!
I usually make a size 36 or 38 in I Am Pattern garments depending on how much ease there is and how I want them to fit. I opted for the size 36 for my Cinderella dress – I knew this would fit well around the bust and shoulders and the loose shape would leave plenty of space for everything else! This was definitely a good call and I’m really pleased with how the dress fits. As I have quite a small frame I decided to make a belt for my dress so I could define my waist, but I actually think I prefer wearing it without – it’s nice to have the option to style it differently though.
I think Cinderella is a fantastic pattern and I’d like to make another version in the future. I’d probably make the top next time and choose a drapey fabric for a different look and a more luxe feel. Until then I am looking forward to some warm days and the opportunity to swish around in my own personal double gauze cloud!
AD: I was gifted a PDF copy of a pattern of my choice by I Am Patterns with no obligation to make or share. I paid for pattern printing and the fabric/materials myself.