Elsa Inspired Costume Tutorial
Who doesn’t love the new Disney movie, Frozen? We know that all of our girls are crazy for Elsa, so we thought we would try our hand at an Ice Queen costume.
This one was pretty easy to make with product from Always Under Pay. It was a little time consuming, but well worth it we say!
Turquoise Tulle (I used about 4 of our 25 yard rolls)
Light Blue Glitter Tulle (I used about 5 of our 10 yard rolls)
Needle and Thread
Measure the chest of the child that this dress is going to go on. Cut a piece of elastic about 1.5” shorter than that measurement.
Then, using your needle and thread (or, if you’re smarter than me, you can use a sewing machine) to sew the ends of your elastic together to make a full continuous circle. I used a bit of hot glue to reinforce that stitch just because I am not good at sewing
Measure the length from the child’s chest to their feet. Then, calculate twice that measurement. This is how long you will need to cut your strips of tulle. My model’s measurement was 27” from chest to feet. So, I cut my tulle pieces at 54” in length.
I know someone is going to ask how many strips I used. I honestly do not know. I didn’t count. I just cut 12 or so at a time and then cut more as I needed it.
Stretch your elastic loop over something that you can work with while you tie your tulle to the elastic. I stretched mine over the back of a chair. That seemed to work fairly well.
Next, fold your pieces of tulle in half and slip them behind the elastic with the folded piece forming a loop. Pull the remaining length of tulle through that loop and pull it tight forming a knot on your elastic band. I put on two strands of turquoise, then one light blue glitter and kept alternating that way all around. I know the pic shows three, but I changed it later to get more shimmer.
You will just keep doing this until your elastic is covered with lengths of tulle. **Note**Don’t push them too close together though. The elastic is stretched already, so when you pull it off of the chair, the tulle pieces will scrunch closer together. I actually pushed mine too close in hindsight.
Once you have your elastic all covered in tulle, and it looks like a tutu, pull it off of the chair.
Decide where you want your sleeves to be. You may want to have the child put on the tutu and mark the spot for your sleeves by putting a piece of tulle in that spot to mark it. Mark a spot in the front of your dress and one on the back for each sleeve.
Cut 3-4 long pieces of white tulle (3 or 4 depending on how full you want your sleeves). These are going to hang down her back, like Elsa’s do in Frozen, so longer is better. You can always trim them later. I think I cut mine at 3 yards length, but I did end up cutting off like 1.5-2 feet.
Thread your long white tulle pieces through one of the spaces that you marked for the shoulders on your tutu. Use one of the pieces to tie the others all onto the elastic on your dress so that it is right in the middle of the length of tulle. I really hope that makes sense. I know the pictures don’t help a lot on this particular tutorial.
Now gather your sleeve pieces all together in your hands and make a sleeve shape, if that makes sense. Then, tie all of your pieces together at the space that you marked on the backside for your sleeve with another piece of long tulle.
Repeat steps 4-6 for the other sleeve of your dress. This is what the front of each side should look like now:
And this is what the back should look like:
Cut a fairly long strip of the light blue glitter tulle. We will use this for the waist tie, so you can measure your model for how long you want it to be.
Then just hot glue some pretty foam snowflake embellishments onto the center. These would have looked great with our rhinestone snowflake embellishments on top, but I didn’t have any at the time I made this tutorial.