my Elsa

Amelia turned 9 back in March and had a Frozen party in April

elsa

She asked for an Elsa dress.  Fortunately during one single trip to my favourite fabric market I picked up silk, organza and stretch fabrics in a range of acceptable colours.  Living in a country where perception is that everything is available becomes a crushing defeat when that reality exists at minimums of 1000m or so.  I have learnt over the years to find fabric first and work around it.  Hunting for a specific fabric can be very demoralising, not to mention time consuming.

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I started making the bodice from a basic t-shirt pattern using a lightweight white stretch fabric.  I lengthened the sleeves and then cut the neckline to be off the shoulder and added wide elastic.

With the top on Amelia, I pinned the bodice into place.  The fabric I bought was already pin tucked in this beautiful diamond design.  I then added a basic skirt.  Although Elsa’s was fitted we both agreed it would be more functional as a dress-up to be a bigger skirt.  Miss A did insist on the front split though!

Then we needed the ice cape.  Elsa’s starts under the arm, and after watching the movie a few times, I think there are pieces at the side front and then a larger cape at the back.  Running with that idea I attached 2 gathered ivory organza panels at the side front (same length as skirt) and a long train cape across the back.  This was also made in 2 pieces for ease of putting on and taking off – the dress opens down the back and does up with one button and one ribbon bow.

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hair

We braided her hair as unfortunately her Elsa wig did not arrive in time.  I’ll update with another photo soon!

Elsa has a number of costume changes during the movie, so there are many dresses when you search.

I started party planning on Pinterest and found some great ideas.

We printed activities at our local print store to make crowns, door hangers and Elsa and Anna dolls – link here

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craft

 

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We had bowls of white marshmallows, chocolate cup cakes drenched in icing sugar, star and snowman cookies and white chocolate fudge

and a Frozen Ice Castle cake

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This was a bought cake with white chocolate shards poked all over.  I used blue food colouring and sprinkles, and a mini Elsa doll (standing on a small blue ikea plastic bowl) at the centre

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Happy Birthday Amelia!

 

 

 

 

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