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Princess Peach may not be the most popular costume, but that doesn’t mean you are stuck wearing the over produced Leg Avenue version! Here is the story of how I made a simple thrift store prom dress into a realistic Princess Peach costume.
I may have overdone this costume. I wore this costume to Denver’s Boo at the Zoo and I was stopped multiple times by little girls and their parents to take pictures. I had to learn how to act as a proper princess pretty quickly, as I could feel little girls everywhere eyeing me down. It was a pretty strange experience indeed! I respect the Disney princesses on a whole new level! I don’t think anyone knew who I was supposed to be, except maybe a few parents who remembered their childhood video game culture (I was there with Mario, Luigi and Wario after all).
Anyway, I can’t really sew. I did do some sewing for this however. I found a pink poofy prom dress at a thrift store. That was the base of the dress. (Yeah right like I could start from scratch) I studied pictures of Princess Peach and saw she had a darker pink rim around the bottom of the dress and also had that poofy opening thing around her skirt (Technical term). I found some darker pink fabric and sewed all around the rim and draped it around the waist and bunched it up in the front it up in the front and sewed it in place. I also made my own version of puffy sleeves and sewed them to the corset. I did this by draping the sleeves around my arms to get the shape and then sewing a seam and leaving the shoulders open. They looked peasent-y, but also poofy at the same time. I thought it needed more sparkle so I added a shear gold fabric I had around the base to blend everything together.
The top was the hardest. It was already beaded and really thick to sew through. I found a blue jewel that kind of looked like hers. I placed it in the middle but it still seemed plain so I sewed some lace up and down the bodice, and then added the jewel.