Of all my projects past present and future, I am sure this dress will stand out in my memory as my most loved project. Made to please a darling little girl who I love very very much – my niece Meera. I have made dresses for her before here. here, and here but this time it was she who asked for the Elsa dress. When I told her that I would be making a dress for her, she immediately asked me if I could make her an Elsa dress. Elsa is her most favourite person and she is her number one fan. Of course I said yes. Because I never say no to her. I was very scared as to how I would go about it since I had never made anything like this before. I believe that love makes things happen. I put in so much love and affection and work into this and this beautiful dress did happen!!
The dress yoke and sleeves are made of knit jersey, the bodice is sequinned fabric and the skirt is satin.
I drafted the pattern myself after my sister sent my niece’s measurements. This wonderful You tube channel was extremely helpful : Studio Lot13
|Slash and spread technique to make the cape|
|Bodice and skirt pieces – 6 in total|
Sew side seams of the yoke.
Sew in the invisible zipper.
Sandwich the cape at the yoke line (better if you baste the cape to the bodice first) and sew the yoke and bodice together. Since the yoke is a knit it will have to be stretched a bit while stitching to fit the bodice. You will have to cut into the cape for a few inches at centre back to use the zipper.
I did a set-in sleeve but a better way to sew in sleeves for knits is to use the flat insertion method. This is a wonderful tutorial on how the flat insertion is done : Sewing a sleeve in a knit top
Hem the skirt.
Additional notes: I did not finish the neckline and the sleeve hem. Also, the cape also did not need any finishing.
The little one was absolutely delighted. She declared “The dress is beautiful” and then added “It has just enough glitter” 🙂 She danced around and we were treated to a beautiful rendition of ” Let it go”.
That day I was the happiest person on Earth!!