Joining the parade of Elsas

Like every other 5 year old girl, Greta loves Frozen. So when we were at a fabric store recently, I was not surprised when she spotted a Simplicity Elsa/Anna dress pattern and had to have it. She did a good job being patient while I shopped (and patterns were on sale), so I agreed — I would make her an Elsa dress for Halloween.

Check out those teeth! Elsa needs some lessons in dental hygiene.
Check out those teeth! Elsa needs some lessons in dental hygiene.

With the popularity of Elsa, there are a lot of choices of blue sparkly fabric. The pattern had instructions for snowflake appliqués on the cape, but as I recognize the limits of my own patience, I went for cape fabric that was pre-sparkly snowflaked. I had to punt a little on the skirt and cape pieces. The skirt fabric wasn’t as wide as specified in the directions, but I didn’t want to buy more so I cut the pattern pieces a bit narrower. I liked the snowflake fabric because it had a border, but I didn’t buy enough to position all the cape pieces on that edge. The back pieces feature the border and the front do not; I sincerely doubt anybody will notice.

Before the zipper was in and the hem was done. She still didn't want to take it off!
Before the zipper was in and the hem was done. She still didn’t want to take it off!

As fun as the French seams and sheer/slippery fabrics were, I’m glad it’s done and I can use “normal” fabric on my next project! Greta has plans to be Anna next year…that dress looks a lot more complicated. Five year olds are fickle though, so maybe I’ll get a reprieve!

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