Yup. You read that correctly. I hate Elsa. I hate her because she’s got a dress that is impossible to replicate without doing a full toile with numerous fittings and fussy floaty fabrics that would make the dress an investment, not something to make for your 15-year-old DD2 to wear to school and one party.
Ugh. I was truly looking forward to this project. I love the colours of the dress and the sparkly sequins and snowflakes. The fabric alone had me excited to pull this one together. But I well and truly hate this dress. I hate this dress so much I’m probably going to pull it apart and remake the stupid thing because I’m so disappointed in it. I don’t think DD2 will wear it again, but at least mom will be happier with it!
I find DD2 is very difficult to fit. She’s petite, and getting the proportion correct/flattering is always a challenge. So, needless to say, she always shows up my limits as a dressmaker in the fitting department. And that frustrates me. But frustration is good, right? It means one is pushing through to the next level of mastery. I measured twice, and cut once, and this is what it fit like at the end of the day. *headdesk*
In my defence, I couldn’t find any fine stretch mesh or tulle for the upper bodice and sleeves, which would have been ideal. I plan to go hunting for that and remake this thing ‘properly’. So, for lack of any better option, I used the snowflake nylon organza-type fabric for the sleeves and upper bodice. The sleeves I cut on the bias so they would easily follow DD2’s movements. The bodice is not as fitted as I would like it to be. I cut it straight out of the envelope, since the bust measurements matched DD2’s measurements, but the shaping is all wrong for her. I debated altering it, but decided against it because a) I wanted enough ease to keep it comfortable during the day; and b) it was always in the back of my mind that it was going to be remade properly with a stretch upper bodice/sleeves once Halloween was done. As it is, the organza pulled away from the top of the bodice and some of the neck binding by the end of the school day (which included bowling, btw).
Why I didn’t think of cutting the upper bodice on the bias is beyond me. Oh. Wait. I did think of cutting the upper bodice on the bias but was afraid it wouldn’t lie flat and would grow out of shape. So I cut it on the straight grain. See? Bad, bad, ugly bodice.
The sequins were from hell. They won’t stay in place, so it looks like sequins are missing in places, and they had to be trimmed from the seam allowances, which I expected, but also contributed to my decision to not alter it until I get the stretch mesh/tulle. *sigh* I decided to underline the sequin jersey with polyester lining for this version. The bodice is also lined. I bound the neckline and cuffs with skirt fabric (satin-backed polyester crepe), and the armscye seams with lining.
The best part is the attached cape. The nylon is sheer, lightweight and very floaty. It’s quite lovely when DD2 is walking.
There’s a CB zip (I put it in by hand to accommodate the sequins) to the top of the lower bodice. The upper back bodice has a button and thread loop. The attached cape is split to just below the bottom of the zip. See? It’s the best part of this project.
This version is a wadder for me, but once I get my hands on some stretch tulle, and do a good job on this, I’ll publish an “Elsa Improved” post for your entertainment.