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.
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.
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!