I'm thinking about making an Elsa dress of my own, and you're really inspiring me! I have a couple of questions about it. ^-^ How do you make where the bodice and the skirt meet look so smooth? What kind of fabric do you use for the skirt? And how did you make the sleeves? Thank you so much!
For the bodice transition, I used some leftover organza from my first Elsa and made it come off the edge of the corset. That way I can create an organic edge with the rectangles and the rhinestones blend in with the skirt. I looked up rhinestone gowns for inspiration for Elsa and really liked the idea of using transparent fabric to create an almost seamless transition. Other cosplayers have used this method, including YuuriSans, who also created a very lovely Elsa :]
The skirt fabric is a silk chiffon with silver metallic threads woven throughout. My sleeves were created with a stretch mesh, which are sprayed with floral spray to create the gradient. I wouldn’t really recommend dying stretch mesh because it is a poly and likely very difficult to dye, unless you use a dye specifically for synthetics. Unfortunately, I don’t own an airbrush, so floral spray is a nice in-expensive alternative.
I hope that helps and good luck with your Elsa! <3
Hello! I was wondering if your Elsa dress is in a complete piece or not? :) Also how the cape/train is kept in place at the corset so you still can close it (I saw the ribbons for the corset on the back) I'm actually planing on sewing a zipper at the back of my dress when it comes to that stage but I'm really confused by how that will be when the cape/train is sewed onto the corset. :)
Hi! The skirt is separate from the bodice portion. I got my Elsa costume wearable for Katsucon, but I would like to re-visit some portions throughout the year. I did not sew my cape to my Elsa corset, instead I sewed snaps inside my corset. If the cape becomes too cumbersome to wear, it can be easily removed. Hope that helps and good luck!
Hi! I'm sorry to bother you, but I'm also making an Elsa cosplay and I was curious if you could give me a more detailed explanation of how you made your Elsa skirt, including the fabric dying. I don't wanna ask too much, but your skirt is perfect and exactly how I would like mine to look. Thanks so much!
The skirt was made using Butterick pattern B5325. It took six yards of silk chiffon for the overlay, and about 4 yards of crepe and a lining. The silk fabric I received was far too much of a green-aqua and not a blue-aqua, so I first had to dye it in a dye bath. Silk is a natural fiber, so a rit dye is sufficient in changing the color. The gradient on the bottom is achieved by dyeing the fabric when it is wet. If you dye the fabric while it is dry, you will have a harsh line, instead of a soft gradual gradient. I recommend also having a spray bottle filled with water, just in case. There are a lot of examples and tutorials online. If you look up, “dip dyeing fabric,” you can see the general set up and process. Hope that helps!
if you don't mind me asking, what kind of fabric did you use for elsa's skirt because it looks fabulous.
Thank you! It’s a silk chiffon that has metallic threads woven throughout the fabric, with crepe underneath because the silk is see-through. After combing the internet for months, I found it on Etsy. Unfortunately, I did have to dye the fabric to the blue I wanted. The fabric can be found in a variety of colors here
OMG!!!!! Your Elsa dress is fantastic!!!!!! Did you use a pattern for your skirt or did you draft it? Just How did you make it!!??!?!?!?!
Thank you so much! I found the pattern at Joann’s. It’s Butterick’s B5325. It’s a lovely dress pattern with a fitted waist, train, and seaming in the front, so you can easily add a slit. Instead of making a full dress, I used only the skirt part. Hope that helps!