Veronica has had a bit of a growth spurt lately. She’s three and a half, it tends to happen at that age. Unfortunately, she has now grown out of the Elsa dress that she used to wear.
And life just can’t go on without an Elsa dress!
So, I made one.
Pattern – Simplicity 1233
Fabric – organza, satin and specialty sequins
Lots of pins – really lots
I have previously made my older daughter Mathilda an Elsa dress, at that time you couldn’t buy much in the way of Frozen merchandise as the movie had only just been released. So I just sort of made it up as I went along using what was available at the time, but now…there is more than one licenced pattern to choose from. I chose the Simplicity pattern, No. 1233. It comes in a size range 3-8. I made this up in a size 4.
The pattern also comes with a dress and cape for Anna, which Mathilda has now requested, so I guess that I will be doing that in the future as well.
This dress has a fitted bodice, a-line skirt, shoulder yokes, long sleeves, and of course, the cape.
It has a zipper at the back, which is accessed through a gap in the cape. Very clever design.
The neckline is finished with bias binding – this binding is actually ivory satin bias binding left over from my wedding dress!
This is the only real deviation that I made from this pattern. The instructions had the binding turned to the inside. Which didn’t look right to me – you could look straight through from the outside and see all the raw edges (with the organza there was a lot of fraying going on too), not so pretty to have at the neckline. So I kept the binding on the outside, and I think it looks quite pretty that way.
I don’t think that the pattern specified an invisible zipper, but that is all that I have these days. I have bought a couple of bags of them, in various lengths and various colours to cover whatever need may arise – but, not a single one that I had was anything close to being the right colour. So I ended up going for this grey one. Which looks okay when its done up.
The hem on this is terrible – I made this size based on Veronica’s height, but this dress was quite a bit too long. And because the hem is curved I couldn’t just do a growth tuck like I really wanted to. I didn’t want to cut it because I would like for her to be able to wear this for as long as possible. So I ended up folding the hem up a few times, I think I took about 4 inches up altogether. The satin was really slippery, wouldn’t hold a crease, and was generally quite badly behaved and made the hem a rather tedious task, so I made sure that it looks okay from the outside, but the inside is not so pretty. I’m looking forward to Veronica’s future growth spurts so that I can let it down and do it again.
I didnt’ shorten the hem on the cape though, because its not at the front she’s not going to walk on it – instead it flows behind her as she walks.
I took Veronica with me to Spotlight to pick out the fabric for this dress. There are now several varieties of snowflake organza to choose from. A couple of weeks ago I found a piece of ice-blue snowflake organza in the remnant bin, but it was only 70cm and not enough. And naturally, that isn’t the one that Veronica chose either!
Veronica chose the darker teal colour. The organza is quite stiff where the snowflakes are – they are quite thick with lots of sparkles. This made it quite difficult to handle – it was especially difficult to get the small hems. It took almost every pin I have to control it enough to stitch around the lower hem!
To coordinate with this she chose the matching satin, and some specialty sequined fabric for the bodice.
The bodice fabric is a knit and quite stretchy, and also a bit see-through, so I under-lined it with the satin. This made the inside very nice to wear as well.
I bought a set of trims on special at the same time I bought the snowflake organza remnant. I used a gathered organza trim with attached sequins around the waist, and a silver sequined braid across the top of the bodice in the front and the back.
I have lots of other sparkly bits that I could add, but to be honest, I think that it doesn’t need anything more than what it already has.
This dress fits very well – apart from the length, although I would have liked the arms to be a little more generous in width, as the fabric is not stretchy at all.
The yardage guidance was out by quite a lot – I have a heap of fabric left over, enough to make my older daughter, Mathilda, an outfit as well – it won’t be enough for this same dress, but definitely enough for perhaps, a summer version? Watch this space for that!
Overall I am really happy with the finished product. Well worth it.
Veronica is so very happy with her new Elsa dress. So here are a number of pictures of her singing “Let it go”:
Thanks for reading.