My daughter loves Elsa... and Anna, and Belle, and Jasmine... and Sophia and every other Disney Princess. She also loves dressing up. And I love sewing when I can manage it alongside taking care of three little ones. Her enthusiasm and my creative ambition are a dangerous combination for getting over our heads with creative projects. :) Nevertheless I try to do at least one elaborate project every few months that challenges me and is just plain creative fun. My daughter wanted me to make her a homemade Elsa dress so she could dress up like a Frozen princess and I have to say, making the dress was the easiest part by far.
To make her "dream" Elsa dress, I bought a pattern on sale, cut out some silky fabric, and sewed the dress in about 2 hours.
My daughter wasted no time putting it on. The trickiest part was keeping the fabric smooth while attaching the yolk and skirt to the bodice. She felt very special to have her own custom made DIY Elsa dress; like a little princess who has her own personal Arendelle dressmaker.
Next came the hard part; attaching the appliques to our homemade Elsa dress, which took me about 30 hours over the course of a few weeks! How is that possible, you ask? Well, I ironed on heat bond to some colorful fabric and cut out the many very intricate shapes, only to find the heat bond didn't work AT ALL and I had to sew around the edges of every. single. embellishment. This DIY Elsa dress had a lot of embellishments.
The iron-on heat bond at least make it possible to get the embellishments in place before sewing around them. I love the whimsical designs that Disney created (or did they borrow them from Norse or Swedish fashions?). The swirls and floral designs characteristic of Arendelle are so beautiful and eye catching.
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Some of the smaller embellishments I cut out of glitter heat and bond paper, which again didn't stand the test of time (or the first day of dress up). I sewed around the edges of all these accents to reinforce them and permanently attach them to our homemade Elsa dress. The rhinestones were easy to attach with fabric paint.
This dress ended up being a very fun project and I'm glad I did it well because my daughter loves this dress. Her little sister will be able to enjoy this custom made Disney Princess dress too! As fun as my homemade Elsa dress project was, I snagged a coordinating Anna dress off the Halloween rack last fall for a whopping $20, plus 25% off! I don't want to know how much the Elsa dress cost in materials and labor. :) Fun glittery projects and creative inspiration is one of my favorite things about having girls.
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