I started hunting around for an Elsa Dress Pattern and quickly found that I didn’t really like the freebie tutorials or paid patterns that were out there. I did find a couple of sewing blogs that gave me ideas so I filed those ideas into my head and decided to “wing it” and just figure it out as I went….
I used Rabbit Rabbit Creations’ Hummingbird Dress pattern as the base. This dress is super easy and beginner sewers will easily be able to make it. (You can view my review of this pattern HERE.) I used the Everyday variation of this dress because I didn’t want a lot of gathering.
For the bodice, I used a blue sequin dot fabric. I have seen this sold on Etsy, eBay and most fabric stores. For the dress, I used crepe back satin in turquoise which also can be purchased in most fabric stores.
And for the cape, I used a sheer blue organza material that had the snowflakes already printed on it. I purchased 2 yards of this on eBay HERE, and used almost all 2 yards to get the snowflake pattern perfectly centered.
To make the cape, I took the main skirt and placed it on my cape fabric so I could get the pattern centered correctly. NOTE: The cape fabric will have to be placed at an angle to get this right. Do NOT cut the bottom of the cape until the dress is finished and on your little Elsa!Once I had this cape centered, I basted it in place. NOTE: The Hummingbird Dress instructions has you add the skirt layers in two steps…for this dress, but I put the skirt layers together first, then added them as one piece to the bodice. The reason behind doing this is because I wanted a couple inches of space at the center of the dress without the cape material, and doing it this way ensures a perfectly centered gap.Once the cape was basted in place, I finished the front edges with a rolled hem to prevent fraying. I then attached the bottom skirt to the bodice. I had my daughter try on the dress and made any adjustments necessary. Only at this time, with the dress on her, I cut the cape to the desired length and shape. Once cut, I finished the bottom hem and added my embellishments (sequin ribbon and snowflake buttons). Overall, I am very pleased with the way this dress came out! But I think my daughter is even happier…and in the end, that’s all that matters!