Hayden received a birthday invitation in the mail earlier this month. Her friend Ruby was having a princess birthday party and the kids were instructed to wear their favorite princess outfit. We currently have Sofia, Snow White & Belle, but as I was told, “Mom, it says your favorite. Elsa is my favorite.”
I could have just told her to wear one that we had, I mean, there was no dress out there unless I wanted to pay an arm and a leg for one. However, Elsa herself was going to be at this party, and I know Hayden really loves Elsa. So I began my research.
I looked all over the internet to find a pattern. There had to be one, right? Nope. However a lot of moms were in my same boat and made their own with instructions on what they did. So, in return, here is my tutorial. And I say tutorial lightly. I didn’t take step by step notes, or pictures. I just kinda winged it.
*Note: I am not a seamstress. This dress may fall apart if it gets worn too much.
With no pattern, this is what I did. I took one of Hayden’s dresses and traced the skirt portion of it on the fabric. Cut out the two pieces & sewed it together. It did come out a little too “Poofy” for Elsa, so I trimmed off some of the sides to make the angle more gradual. After I did that I realized, dur, it needs a liner, so I had to back in and add that. (Like I mentioned above, I am not a seamstress). I didn’t want to mess with a zipper or button (I haven’t ever put one in) so I used ribbon to tie it together around her waist.
For the top, I stopped at a second hand store and found a white tank top and then sewed the sequin material to it. It was a little scratchy for Hayden so she put a shirt on underneath it. That worked out well as we had one that was the same color. I just sewed the top and the back where the material meets. I wanted it to be loose & flow on her.
I think this is the most important part of the dress, which is why I spent the most time on it. And quite possibly went overboard. I purchased organza material (per another DIY post) and cut it to 48 x 56. Yes, this is big for a 5 year old, but again, the cape is so important.
I found pictures of the cape online and made my own version in Illustrator. I added guides for 12×12 squares, created slices of each square, then saved each square as a JPG. This basically created a puzzle to put back together.
I then opened each JPG in Silhouette and created a cut file and cut out each square. I then put the “puzzle” back together on the kitchen counter. This was extremely tricky. I need the outside pieces so the actual design was “cut out”. I then took re-positional spray adhesive and placed my stencil onto the cut organza.
* I used a standard card table. Ideally a bigger table would have been better, and I would have stretched out the organza and taped it down to keep it smooth before i added the stencil.
Next I took a paintbrush and fabric Mod Podge and “colored” in the stencil. I did this is sections ad the Mod Podge can dry quickly. After the glue was down I sprinkled on ultra fine glitter.
I pulled off the stencil while it was sill wet to avoid any stickiness after it dried. No idea if it mattered. Once it was complete, I hung it in the bathroom to dry.
The next day I used my Silhouette again and cut out snowflakes and repeated the same steps with the glue & the glitter. I could have done different sizes but at this point I was cutting it close to the party.
The cape was still a square at this point so I had to round it off. After I cut it I noticed my cut lines were not straight (Not a seamstress) and it felt unfinished. At this point I sewed 1.5inch silver ribbon all around the cape.
I thought about just sewing the cape to the back of the shirt, but thought it might get annoying for her so I used my Babyville Boutique Snap Pliers and added 3 snaps in the middle of the cape. Super easy to remove, which is great when we get into the car.
Hayden was a little upset that she didn’t have the gloves that Elsa does. Yes, those are cool too, but I was running out of time & not really sure how to do those. To make up for it, I did add a small loop on each side of the cape so she could loop the cape around her middle finger & spread it out. This made up for it. Once she realized the wind would blow it, she felt so cool. Her smile made it totally worth it.
There you have it. That is our version of the Elsa Dress. There may be easier ways to put this together or something smarter. I am just putting this out there to help the next mom who is looking for ideas on how to create her own dress. I hope this helps!
P.S. yes, we are also missing Elsa shoes. The green doesn’t quite go with the outfit, but they are her “tap shoes” (shoes with a little bit of heal so they make noise) and she didn’t complain.
P.P.S. She just woke up and came out of her room with the skirt on, “Mom, can you tie this?” I think she likes it. Nice work mom.