Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Princess Elsa Dress

Aaaand once you've made the Anna dress, why not an Elsa dress to go along with it??

I am working on a tutorial (and possible pattern) for this dress, but I just can't wait to share these photos, so here's a preview!

In a way, this dress is much simpler in construction than the Anna dress. I think the choice of fabric is really what makes this dress, and given how many different beautiful glittery, fun, sparkly fabrics that are available, I say choose what suits you and your princess and "Let it Go"!

I chose satin for the skirt and some textured knits for the bodice.

For the cape I found some great white sheer fabric with silver glittery stars (or snowflakes in this case).

The other thing that brings this dress to life is the imagination of it's wearer.

I think there's no doubt that the queen has arrived!

Tutorial coming before Halloween, so check back!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Princess Anna Costume

This post should come as absolutely NO surprise to anyone that has a daughter who has seen the movie Frozen somewhere in the neighborhood of a bazillion and one times, amiright??

I mean, of course I made an Anna dress for my girl. You saw this one coming, right?

For this pattern I modified my favorite Simplicity Princess pattern (#0626) using the Snow White top as the guide for the vest. I made the skirt as stated in the pattern. For the under shirt I made a simple long sleeved t-shirt with a stand up collar using some jersey knit fabric and an existing long sleeve t-shirt for a pattern.

After sewing the skirt pieces together, I used a dark teal tulle as an overlay on the bottom edge of the skirt. I stitched the bottom edges together, then folded the tulle up toward the skirt and pinned it in place. I marked the circles with some tailor's chalk and a bowl (because I'm super scientific like that) and sewed along the lines. Then I cut away the excess fabric leaving the border and a finished hem.

Now, last year I had great success painting on satin for my Sofia the First costume, so I decided to use the same technique on this dress. I made stencils for each of the motifs and painted them on the skirt.

I painted each one using white as a base color first. I find that on a darker colored fabric, your colors will be brighter if you start with a white base.

Once I had them stenciled on, I went back in and added the colors. Then I used a clean cloth and a dry iron to heat set the paint.

For the top, I changed the neckline on the pattern to a "V" shape and left the sleeves off, then used some gold bias tape to bind the neck , arm, and waist edges. I used a velveteen fabric for the vest, which I couldn't paint, so I used Heat Bond and some fabric scraps to make appliques for the flower motifs instead.

I sewed the top to the skirt, then applied the gold binding along the waist seam. I made the t-shirt separately adding a piece of trim down the front as an accent.

And there you have it, in all of it's Frozen glory! I swear I sang "Let it Go" the entire time I was making this dress. And yes, I know that's not Anna's song, but it's the song that got stuck in my head.

Luckily, I had this beautiful girl to come wear the dress and sing the right song for me!

Do you want to build a snowman?? 

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