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DIY Elsa dress from Frozen – easy

2 Jun

Elsa dress complete

I had to come up with Elsa dress for my daughter’s birthday. There was none left at any stores I went to, but she gave me no chance in replacing it with some other option. So I had to browse some ideas, and took this one with some changes.

I am very lazy in hiding edges and doing very detailed work when it comes to projects like these, so I tried to simplify the process as much as possible. My designer friends, be easy on me please

It took me a while in Jo-Anne fabrics to figure out what I need; not having much knowledge about measurements I was left with some fabric leftovers. The whole dress costed about $25-30 in materials. Priceless in memories it created

Materials needed:DSC_4239

-plain white t-shirt, or with lace sleeves (ours from Target, $7), or with long sleeves (short sleeves are better for summer);

-stretchy jersey that will go over the t-shirt – 1 1/2 yards;

-lace for waist;

-ribbon for waist;

-2 buttons;scheme 1

-tulle – as much as you want. The more – the bigger the skirt. We had 3 pieces about 1 1/2 yards each

Top part process:

1. Lay out the jersey over the t-shirt and with pen draw the front – where you will be cutting it. Draw the heart shape (add 1/2 inch above the actual shape because you needfront stitched to hide the edges).

2. Cut out the front and hand stitch it to the t-shirt. I worked with one piece of fabric, the back piece is not a separate piece. Too much work to cut it all separately

3. Stitch the sides of the fabric to the sides of t-shirt

4. After the front and sides are attached, turn the t-shirt, and cut the back where you need it, leaving 1/2 inch to hide the edge.

5. After this is done, you can stitch it with machine. I don’t have one, the machine part was done by my mother in law when the whole dress was stitched by hand. Jersey needs to be stitched using ziback piecegzag

I did not cut the jersey part that was longer then t-shirt. In our case, it was kind of an under-skirt, because tulle is see-through. If your child won’t be wearing pants underneath, you need to create under-skirt. We didn’t have time for that.

Skirt part process:

1. Stitch ribbon to the lace.

2. Put on the ready top part on you child and make 3 dots – 2 on hips, one – where you want the lace to come together when you create a V shape.top part is ready

3. Stitch tulle to the lace and ribbon. The more tulle you will use, the puffier the skirt will be.

4. Stitch ready skirt to the top, following the marks you’ve made.

In our case, the tulle came in short pieces 1 1/2 yard each, but it wasn’t an issue. Skirt had openings, but wearing pants underneath was a great idea. And having party outside we needed them in any ways.

lace and ribbon placement5. Add buttons  to the center of heart shape and v-shapeskirt

The whole dress took me about 3 hrs to hand stitch, and about 1 hr for my mother in law to titch it on the machine. I’m sure for individuals with experience it is a faster task

 

Did I mention we made the cape too?dress ready

 

 

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2 Responses to “DIY Elsa dress from Frozen – easy”

  1. designmischief June 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

    My nieces would love this!!

  2. amanda1evans June 3, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    You did a fabulous job!! I am glad you were able to use some of my ideas. 🙂 Thanks for sharing my sit in your post. 🙂 I love the short sleeve (much better for summer!) I am sure your daughter loved it!

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