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Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 3

Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 3

The last two Fridays, I shared the making of the dance version of a Frozen Elsa costume for my daughter: Fibre Friday – Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 1 and Elsa Costume Part 2. It’s dance competition season and my daughter wore it today for her lyrical dance solo!

I completed the arms from fabric recycled from my daughter’s nightgown. I was worried about working with such sheer fabric as I’m a beginner at sewing. An employee at Fabricville had a great tip for me – sew it with a layer of tissue paper. That worked like a charm and the tissue paper tore away easily afterward. Here is the arm pattern I came up with after measuring my daughter:

Elsa Frozen costume

We also wanted to add some sparkle to the skirt and sleeves. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed helping out with the painting and spray painting!

Here is my daughter modelling the finished outfit in the snow we STILL have on the ground! It was a very sunny day though!

Frozen Elsa costume

Her brother was kind enough to carry her back and forth for the photo shoot (unceremoniously):

Frozen Elsa costume

I went back to the drawing board for the capelet part of the coronation cloak and came up with this very simple template:

Frozen Elsa Costume

I did still double the fabric, sew the two pieces together and turn them out. I put in elastic at the top to create the collar. I LOVE working with this beautiful velveteen – it was a lot easier to work with than the stretchy and sheer fabrics I worked with for the rest of the costume.

Then I hemmed a rectangular piece of fabric and attached it to the underside of the capelet. I shopped around and found these earrings and attached one to the cloak. The jewel may not be blue like Elsa’s, but it sparkles nicely:

Frozen Elsa Costume

And here is the finished cloak! This is my daughter after she competed tonight, earning a High Silver medal:

Frozen Elsa costume

Frozen Elsa costume

For the snowflakes in Elsa’s hair, we bought big snowflake sequins and attached then to hair clips with crazy glue:

Frozen Elsa costume

So that’s it – the Frozen Elsa costume (dance version). My daughter loved it and is looking forward to wearing it at Hal-Con in the fall. I think next up in our sewing adventures will be some non-dance cosplays!

What have you been sewing, knitting, crocheting, or making in your home or homeschool this week? Feel free to share!

Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Fibre Friday: Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 2

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Last Friday, I shared the beginnings of the dance version of a Frozen Elsa costume I’m making: Fibre Friday – Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 1. It’s dance competition season and my daughter will be wearing it for her lyrical dance solo. I’m not finished yet! Some of the hand sewing took quite awhile.

I finished hand sewing all the beads to the bodice. I also hand sewed the bodice to the skirt:

Frozen Elsa costume

My daughter is looking forward to helping me add sparkles to the skirt with fabric spray! I need to start making the gauzy sleeves to attach to the bodysuit that is going underneath.

And then there is Elsa’s coronation cloak. We have some lovely purple velveteen to make it out of. I have started working on the capelet part. I made a mockup out of some spare fabric:

Frozen Elsa costume

I tried hemming it, but hemming rounded edges is HARD! So a friend gave me the idea of doubling the fabric, sewing all around it and flipping it right side out (as I would do for making a pillow). It will make the capelet a little stiffer than the rest of the cloak. I will be keeping the rest of it single so the fabric flows while my daughter dances – it should be pretty easy to finish that part and hem it – it will be a simple rectangle. Hopefully I’ll be done in the next few days. I will share the finished product next week!

What have you been sewing, knitting, crocheting, or making in your home or homeschool this week? Feel free to share and link up!

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly

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Fibre Friday: Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume Part 1

Fibre FridayWelcome to Fibre Friday! It’s dance competition season! I have been busy sewing a costume for my daughter’s Lyrical solo. It’s going to be a dance version of a Frozen Elsa costume. She is a huge fan of Frozen the movie and of the music. She sings the songs all over the house, all the time.

Sewing a Frozen Elsa Costume – Part 1

Once we had decided to make her outfit look like Elsa’s, my daughter had some great ideas for things we could recycle and use. She brought out her old ballet costume (which she had worn so much for dance and theatre, that the bottom had started to wear). We started cutting the skirt pieces off:

Frozen Elsa costume

Once removed, we were left with this:

Frozen Elsa costume

And then we cut off the bottom, leaving just the bodice/bustier part. And of course, Elsa’s bustier is very sparkly, so we bought reflective beads to sew on it:

Frozen Elsa costume

We also bought some beautiful, stretchy fabric for Elsa’s skirt. I took my daughter’s measurements and made my own pattern. I am a beginner sewer, so the stretchy fabric was a bit of a challenge, but I made a mock-up skirt out of some spare fabric first, just to make sure I had it right. And here it is:

Frozen Skirt

It looks great on and my daughter loves it. Now I have to finish sewing all the beads on the bodice and I have to attach the skirt to it. We bought some fabric spray paint and still have to spray it on the skirt for some sparkle.

A bodysuit needs to be worn underneath of course, and we were lucky to find this one at Ginger’s for just $10!

Frozen Elsa costume

Elsa also has sheer sleeves, so my daughter pulled out her Cinderella nightgown, with a gauzy overgown that has a big tear in it:

Frozen Elsa costume

We have cut off the gauzy material and will be attaching sleeves to the bodysuit. So, we still have quite a bit of work to do. I will share where we are at with it next week – hopefully it will be done or just need a few finishing touches as the first dance competition is in just a couple of weeks!

Is your child obsessed with Frozen? What have you been sewing, knitting, crocheting, or making in your home or homeschool this week? Feel free to share and link up!

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Love, Luck &
Laughter,

Kimberly