I don’t know about you guys, but my kids LOVE princesses, Pixie especially. She has bona fide princess fever. She has two beautiful Disney Animator Collection dolls, Belle and Merida. She likes Merida because she rides a horse and Belle because she reads books. She’s also a fan of Princess Anna from Frozen.
I have been asked so many times in the past 18 months to make Frozen dresses, replicas of the clothing worn in the films. And I’ve had to say no. Disney OWNS those designs. They are not my property to use. And Disney has been coming down pretty hard on little indie business who are illegally using their designs, and I’m simply not risking it when I’ve worked so hard to build up MamaPixie.
I’ve actually had people say to me “But so-and-so makes them!”. Yes. They might. They’re also breaking the law. And frankly, if they’re willing to take that kind of risk, it says a lot about their business practices and their attitude towards their work.
I’ve been racking my brains for a way to indulge the Princess love, without encroaching on iconic designs by others. And this has been tough. Because the Disney dresses are universally recognised.
I’ve made a lot of princess dresses at MamaPixie. A LOT.
And of course, a tutu dress or two…
But nothing I can create is as gorgeous and epic and inspiring as the dresses that kids design themselves! So this year, I will be offering a magical new service.
Princess dresses created from your child’s own drawings. Boom.
All you’ll need to do is get your kiddie to draw their perfect princess dress; style, colour, fabric, embellishments. The whole shebang. Scan or photograph and send it to me, and I will turn their dreams into reality. Beautiful, machine washable, reality. And totally individual, because really, who wants to be just like every other princess? Be your OWN princess.
In 2014, I created a purple princess dress from the designs of Riley, daughter of Natasha who blogs over at Taking A Moment In Time. I knew it was going to be a challenge, because Riley has some serious style. She is most definitely fashion forward. She totally believes tutus are every day wear. I’m inclined to agree.
Riley wanted purple. And layers. LOTS of layers. Something epic enough to go waging battle in. Something she could wear to befriend a local dragon. Something to Kick Ass in.
I ended up making this…
It was a simple lined bodice with a pleated overskirt with ribbon ties to show off the meters and meters and meters of shimmering crystal organza underneath.
And yes. That’s a sword. All self-respecting princesses have swords. Science FACT.
My next creation is going to be for Emily, daughter of the AMAZING Miri from one of my favourite homeschooling blogs, Here We Are Together.
As you can see, she took designing her dress very seriously. Her final design is for an explorer princess. Who climbs trees.
Lots of purple. With a sash and kimonos sleeves, with a flower on the front. And pockets for storage. And a big hood. And leggings because princesses rarely flash their knickers to the general public.
I’m so excited to be sharing this fantastic journey with you all, and I’m looking forward to seeing Emily’s design come alive!
If you’d be interested in your very own child-designed princess dress, you can head over here to my MamaPixie Etsy store and we can start our own enchanted journey!