Abby has been asking for this Elsa dress for months, but the stores have been sold out. So, when she asked again this morning, I decided to try my hand at a homemade Elsa costume.
I am an intermediate sewer. By that I mean that I know the correct way to do things, although I chose to ignore them, and I do know my way around a sewing machine. I love the creativity process. I hate all the math and measuring and ironing, so I go about things exactly the wrong way and take a ton of short cuts. If you want to sew from patterns and get exact measurements, I am not your gal. This is also not really a beginner project, but I’ll walk you through how I made this dress.
This is the way I do it.
First, I have my daughter lie down on the wrong side of the fabric so that I can get an idea for the length. I mark her shoulders with sidewalk chalk. I always cut outside my chalk line. The chunky line from the sidewalk chalk gives me a built-in seam allowance.
Then I use a dress that fits her well and trace around it to get a shape.
I marked the heart shaped neckline that I wanted. Then I cut out two pieces of the blue fabric and sewed them right sides together down the sides. I hemmed the top and the bottom.
It’s hard to see in the photos, but there is also a blue sparkly fabric overlaying the front of the dress.
I did the sleeves the same way I described above- I made Abby lie down and I drew the shape of her arms on the fabric, leaving a lot of extra room because I wanted the sleeves to be puffy.
I attached them to a strip of sheer white fabric in the front, then sewed the white section onto the top of the blue dress. I also hid some elastic straps under the sheer fabric to hold the dress up.
The closure in the back is just Velcro.
I attached a wide matching ribbon for the belt and Abby requested a cape, so I sewed one onto the back of the dress.
I bought all of my fabric and supplies at Walmart. You can definitely make this dress for less than $20.
For a size 6 dress I bought:
- 2 yards of blue $6 each
- 1 yard of sparkly blue (front overlay) $3
- 1 yard of sheer, sparkly white $3
- wide blue sparkly ribbon (belt) $3
- blue and white thread $2
- 1 pack of elastic $1
I had a ton of extra fabric, though, so I really think you could get away with 1 yard of blue and 1/2 a yard of the other fabrics. I plan to use the extra to make my younger daughter her own dress. The final cost for 2 dresses, based on the material I actually did use or this one (You can see in the photo up top that I bought some additional fabrics we decided we didn’t need after all), will be about $25.
If you make one please send a photo. I would love to see your homemade Elsa costume too!
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