Since my girls have first seen Frozen, they've gotten dolls, watched countless video clips of the songs on YouTube, sang along to the soundtrack on a repeat loop, acted out the entire movie, and yes gone back to see in in the theater again. The girls are a little obsessed - they want TO BE Princess Anna and Queen Elsa.
If you haven't seen it - and even if you are not typically a Disney fan - I implore you to go ahead and watch this video of Queen Elsa singing "Let it Go." It's a gorgeous song sung by Idina Menzel and the visuals are just AMAZING! Go ahead, I'll wait.
"Elsa's Kingdom" at the entrance to her room
For those of you who don't speak Kindergartener, the ball reads (left to right)
"From Frozen / This ball is for me and my sister / Name: Elsa and Anna"
Since they saw the movie, older sis was all about Queen Elsa and little sis wanted to be Princess Anna, which is actually pretty spot on to both of their personalities. So I decided to tackle costumes for both of them. Considering how much detail is on Anna's dress, I wanted to be easy on myself and create Elsa's Snow Gown first.
I didn't have any patterns that really looked similar, so I made a franken-pattern with the skirt from the Scientific Seamstress's Simply Sweet Dress and the top from her Portrait Peasant Top. It's hard to tell from the pictures, but the aqua fabric for the skirt glitters and shimmers and the lavender fabric has little iridescent spots all over it. I sewed the top and bottom together and had a perfect "under" dress.
It took a couple tries with muslin to create the right shaped pattern piece that would lie over the peasant top's arm seams correctly while still creating the perfect arches and points in front. Add in the fact that the fabric I chose could only be ironed for 5 seconds (through a pressing cloth) before starting to melt, was thin like tissue paper behind the sequins and hard to get through my machine without dragging and puckering, and I was kicking myself for thinking this dress would be easy.
Thankfully once it started to work, it worked beautifully! I hand stitched the sweetheart neckline onto the peasant top so that it wouldn't move around too much while she was playing in it. Because a velcro closure would have easily ripped the delicate fabric, I sewed on hook and eyes instead. Right now the costume fits her on the very tightest row of eyes, so she's got room to grow and be Elsa for a good long while!
The cape/train stretches from armpit to armpit on Elsa's gown. I took an entire length of silver beaded sheer fabric and (after finishing off the raw edges with a zigzag stitch) gathered one end until it measured the same width on the underdress and sewed it on.
When the top is fastened in place, it completely covers over the raw gathered edge of the train and keeps it from weighing down the neckline too much.
Glitter is all over every surface and I don't know if I'll ever manage to get the dress off of her...and it's completely worth it! I even managed to get her out in a typical New England snowstorm to get a few truly Frozen photos - she was well rewarded with hot chocolate afterwards.