Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Elsa Costume

Had to have blue eye shadow and braid :)
Keela loves the movie Frozen, and Elsa is her favorite character.  This costume brewed for a while in my mind.  Miss Kee was consulted on the style.. poofy skirt or not etc. etc.. Then, the fabric was purchased, and then it sat....and sat... until finally, Bryan and I purchased one of her Christmas presents from a fellow Etsy seller, Punkin and Me Bowhouse.

With an Elsa tiara on the way, it was time for mom to get busy!  To make the pattern, I just used a roll of brown kraft paper.  I had decided to keep the bodice and skirt separate, so I traced out pieces for a round skirt first.  Then, for the bodice, I tucked the sleeves into one of Kee's t-shirts and just traced around it.  I just kind of guessed on the sleeves, tracing them out and then making sure the paper pieces matched up okay.

The only tricky part was sewing the material for the top part of the bodice and sleeves.  I have had to go back and fix a few spots that have started to fray.  I think that mastering poly-satin and similar fabrics are definitely on the horizon for me!

A few layers of tulle added the requested "poof" to the skirt.  I found the easiest way to go about this was to first line up the layers and attach them together with a single thread by hand.  Then sewed them into the waist.  The next time I make one of these, I will try to take pictures for a tutorial.

Originally, I had planned to add applique snowflakes and glitter, but ended up just keeping it simple with a few ribbons.  Now, that the new Cinderella movie is out, I am glad that I left it so simple.  She can just as easily be Cinderella as well as Elsa depending on her mood.

Her crown I am thrilled to report has held up against considerable wear and tear since Christmas.  I highly recommend Punkin and Me Bow House.  The owner is very professional, and her work is excellent!

Here are a few pictures...."Queen Elsa" was not too interested in holding still...

A better view of the tiara...

Action shots!!!!

-- Jess

Halloween 2014 Costume Re-Cap

Wow, things have been so busy!  It has been entirely too long since my last post.  I thought that I would show off the girl's Halloween costumes before the next one rolls around.  Also, I finally made Miss Kee's Elsa dress.

So to start, I mentioned in my goodbye to Summer post, that the girls wanted to be Micheal Jackson for Halloween.    I think that the end result turned out pretty well.

Feather helped me plan the actual costumes.  We decided to go with the Billie Jean look - black sequined blazer, white shirt, black pants and fedora.  The only things that I had to make for this were the blazers and hats.

For the blazers, I drafted patterns based off of jackets that they had, making adjustments with the muslin.  I used stretch sequin fabric, and I would recommend keeping rubbing alcohol handy to clean off your needle periodically, as the glue that keeps the sequins on tends to build up.
Aside from the glue build up, the blazer construction was pretty much a breeze.

Next up.... the fedora dadadum..  I had not sewn a fedora before, but I thought "how hard can it be?"  I took the measurements from a fedora that Feather already had that was denim, and set about drafting my pattern.  Everything looked lovely.  I even took a picture of all my tools laid out in the evening twilight.  That is were it ended.  There is no way I am showing the results! lol  Maybe at a later date I will be able to take the time to master the fedora.  Until then, Kee's dress up arsenal has gained a sparkly, misshapen, floppy hat.
Now in full panic mode, I covered the denim fedora with leftover fabric, and by pure luck found an old black one that we had for a long time.

Halloween was saved! lol  Never underestimate the power of fabric and glue!

The girls had a blast and were a hit trick or treating.  They had to moonwalk several times, and their mom learned how to sew sleeves.

-- Jess