Along with the entire world, my girls fell in love with the movie Frozen. They sing every song and act out every line to perfection. I have managed to FINALLY get the song out of my head! So, it was no surprise to me that Elsa and Anna costumes were on their wish list for Halloween. I told my youngest I would purchase her dress for her birthday. I promised my oldest that I would make her an Elsa dress, so here it is!
Back in August, there was not a whole lot of Elsa patterns out there, but searching the web I stumbled upon a great tutorial to make a dress using an apron. Huh??? Yes, an apron! This is such a great idea!! You can click on over to see the tutorial HERE The tutorial was put together by Sarah from the blog RUFFLES AND RAINBOOTS.
1. Less material to purchase
2. Less time to make
3. No true 'right' or 'wrong' way to put it together
HERE. The tutorial is on the blog MAKE IT AND LOVE IT. If you are looking for a quick no-sew cape I would recommend checking it out.
I'm not going to go into great detail on how I made this dress. I whipped this together in a few hours one evening and I did not follow Sarah's tutorial exactly. I'm afraid I will confuse you if I go into it too much. Dress making is not my specialty! (LOL) I will briefly describe what I'm doing in each picture. I will say that ANYONE can do this. Your little girl will be so impressed!
Don't worry about the raw edge because the next step is adding the skirt and it will cover up that ugly raw edge.
HOW TO GATHER
Now, if you begin pulling on the strings, one at a time, you will begin to see the fabric gather. In the above picture you can see where I have gathered and then pinned the skirt in place around the bottom edge of the bodice. Switch your machine back to a normal stitch length (~2.5) and then sew a straight stitch to secure your skirt to the bodice.
At this point I then turned under the edges and the hem. You can see by the picture that I'm not too concerned about what the back looks like!
Lastly, I added the ribbon (b/c I purchased the ribbon about a month after the dress was finished!). I added it to the bottom of the bodice and around the neck line.
My girls are now all ready for Halloween! Oh, and since this dress is on an adult apron, she will be able to wear it into adulthood! (LOL) I know b/c I tried it on. Sorry, no picture. :)
I'll be linking up this week to THESE great linky parties.