In addition to this sewing based post, I am also throwing in outfit of the day shots (my daughter is in all of them, though, since the main focus of these days was her, after all). I am also including some Frozen-themed birthday party things that we did for her on her big day. And at the end, I included some photos from when we went to see Disney's Frozen on Ice. (We surprised her with that one, too!)
I realize that there is a real hodgepodge of things going on here, but hopefully if you are here, and are looking for Frozen/Elsa things, what I have here can help you. And since it is three days before Halloween, I know some of you probably are doing what I do every year, a little bit of procrastination. You may be just starting your Elsa costume, so seeing a final product might make the work go a little better.
(I am not out of the woods this year, btw--I have to make a PIZZA costume for Rex--no pattern--by Friday. Have I started it...erm, no.)
BIRTHDAY PARTY DETAILS:
we realized that for $35 we could have both a present AND a party "favor." The guests at the party would receive a sparkly crown (like CW's--$1 at Joanns, btw) and they, too, could pose with Anna and Elsa and I would send the photo to their parents after the party.
OOTD: Dress, Anthropologie; Shoes, Target.
I happen to own a lot of aqua blue colored dishes/serving pieces, so we had zero costs there. (I guess I was onto something thirteen years ago when I put all these things on my registry.)
There were other food items, but they were part of the festivities of the birthday party.
Anyhow, the girls were invited, one at a time, to get some ice cream from me, and then put their favorite decorations/yummies on top of it. We used pearl colored balls, silver balls, aqua blue sanding sugar, marshmallows, and sno-caps (get it, ha!).
The ice cream bar was a huge hit, and the expenditure was very little. Some of those girls, though, man, they poured on those candies and treats. Sorry, parents!!!
she's in her coronation outfit in this one).
Each was cut using pinking shears, but that still didn't keep the fabric from fraying, however, since these were only meant to last for a little while, I wasn't that worried about it. I enclosed some blue and white gumballs, some snowflake stickers, and a Frozen ring in each girl's favor. (I also made sure to have a few boy versions available--they received the Kristoff rings.) I then tied the favors using some Frozen ribbon I found at Joanns.
MCCALL'S 7000 DETAILS:
I wrote up a review of this pattern at Pattern Review, so definitely take a look if you want more info on it.
The dress turned out quite well, but I personally did not want to make the whole thing from woven fabric. Instead I decided to make the bodice bit from knit fabric (extra stretchy for growth spurts, plus easier on her to wear), and use some gorgeous sparkly metallic linen (from Fabric Mart, hey!) for the skirt portion. Fabric.com had some great sparkly tulle, and although the stuff drives me crazy (not the sewing of it, but the way it is always getting caught on things bugs me!), I knew this dress wouldn't be complete without it.
I wish the pattern had included directions for using knit fabrics, but in the end I figured out how to make it all work.
(You can also see the zip in the back, though the front bodice was completely knit, the back fabric was partial metallic linen, so I just followed the pattern directions exactly for that bit. I did not, however, add a keyhole opening in the power mesh above the zip, there is PLENTY of stretch there and in the neckline to get over my daughter's head.)
FROZEN ON ICE DETAILS:
She did bring her "Elsa" purse with her.
OOTD: Jacket and Jeans, J. Crew; Top, Hunter Dixon; Boots, Boden; Sunglasses, Anthropologie.
it is *this* Elsa moment they are trying to emulate.
Okay, that's all. I'll be back later this week with other things, I am sure. But only after I get that pizza costume started!