Modern Cinderella



Lauren Trojanowski

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Outline the story …

"The kind god-mother touching her with her wand, changed her worn-out clothes into a beautiful ball dress embroidered with pearls and silver.” The fairytale of Cinderella has many versions, and I decided to base my design on George Routledge & Sons version from 1865. Details have changed along the adaptions, but the basis of the story is Cinderella is able to go to a ball with the help of her fairy godmother, and in leaving before midnight and before the magic is undone she loses her glass slipper. As Prince Charming fell in love with Cinderella at the ball, returning her shoe to her starts their happy life together and changes her life completely. For my design, I went with the traditional light blue fabric that we see in so many versions of Cinderella, but I decided to give it a more modern take with a short skirt and pointed neckline corset. A silver detailed fabric is layered on top of the tulle layers for the skirt, and the same fabric was used for the puffed sleeves, tied with ribbon to give the dress a more feminine look.

Outline the construction…

My overall design included tulle, organza, medium weight satin and coutil. While I did interface the satin used for the corset, it was incredibly hard to work with as it snagged on anything possible, sticky lint roller included. The original pattern I used was the Dolores pattern offered by Aranea Black, and adding the pointed neckline was not as much of a challenge as I thought it would be since the original pattern was so well designed. I would say one of the biggest challenges for me was roll pinning as it was my first time doing so with both the pattern pieces and boning channels, and I ended up using strips of coutil as boning channels since the twill tape I had originally planned to use started shredding before even adding the bones. Creating the bias tape also proved to be difficult as I couldn't use my iron on the sparkly floral layer of organza, and somehow I ended up sewing the visible boning channels on the wrong seam twice during the process.

As for resources, I believe I watched every corset related workshop replay aside from the hip shape one, and looking back I wish I had added that one to my watch list as well. The article on binding was also extremely helpful as I was working with an odd shape.




  1. Kitty Mortensen Kitty Mortensen on March 11, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    I LOVE your bustline! I read Cinderella right away, such a gorgeous couture take on her <3

  2. Avatar Hannah on March 12, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    I love the materials you used and the light blue colours make it look really magical.

  3. Avatar Mandy Pursley on March 14, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    I knew who your character was right away, and you did a great job merging historical and modern aesthetics. Very well done!

  4. Avatar Carly Van Groeningen on March 19, 2021 at 10:51 am

    This is so lovely and elegant! I love the modern twist on the design.

  5. Avatar Phanuel Jagna Levinsen on March 20, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    The fit looks amazing! The eyelets are so neatly placed as well and i got to admit fluffy skirt goes incredibly with the bodice and it’s alternative neckline! Great work!

  6. Avatar Maeri Certo on March 22, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    Well done! I think the sleeves are my favorite part– they are so unique and so “fairy tale”!

  7. Avatar Stephanie Murison on March 24, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    I love the subtle rose pattern on the fabric, that pale blue is just perfect for Cinderella! The fit of the corset is lovely and I adore the shape of the neckline, well done!

  8. Avatar Kikkii von Fustian on March 27, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Puffy sleeves! <3 Lovely fabric choices, using the patterned fabric as boning channels is really cute 🙂

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