Sometimes (most times) when I talk about parenting, I stick my foot in my mouth. Like last spring when I was chatting, poolside with this gal. I was rolling my eyes about Disney and Frozen and just plain bragging about how clever we were for not letting our kids get sucked into all of that when my daughter began to recite the plot details for Frozen. Um, she had seen it. And the truth is, I had been wanting to see it too. So, we watched it together after that. And, ladies, I am not a fan. I'm just not. I mean, c'mon. We can do better. But that's a topic for another post, perhaps for another blog altogether.
Of course, she wanted to be Elsa this year for Halloween and of course I agreed to make something that would resemble Elsa's snow diva outfit. It's shown here post school day and banana smearing incident (sorry) but you get the gist.
She wanted all of the good glitz but I refused, knowing that it was going to be freezing (literally) on Halloween and thanks to the interwebs, I was able to show my girl Cheri's girl in a Frozen-ish costume that included some knit fabrics and my daughter agreed.
I did buy one panel of Frozen Fabric Glitz for the cape but the rest was stuff that I could put in the wash.
I badly wanted to make a circle skirt for the bottom of the dress but I didn't have enough fabric plus I think that the dress would have been too heavy. Instead, I used the Flashback Tee patten as a base. For the top of the dress, I color-blocked the arms and bodice with a heavy double-knit that I had plus some Laguna knit from Imagine Gnats. For the bottom, I made an A line skirt that was 4" wider at the hem than at the waist. I added a layer of stretch tulle over the top of the skirt. I stitched the cape crudely over the top of the whole works and had to take it off to attempt what was an unsuccessful attempt to treat a smashed banana stain on the dress. Boo. Then I had to re-attach it. Double boo.
She loved it. And I swear that I purchased and used hairspray and bobby pins during the first part of the day on her braid. Although, I must admit - I put that braid in on Wednesday morning and my mom finally took it out today. Because that is how we roll. We are not hairspray girls.
We had a big party. It was a blast.