I have made a few Elsa-inspired outfits for my youngest (here and here), but haven’t tried my hand at Anna.
Until now, that is.
Our niece turns 7 this week, and has kindly requested an Frozen Anna Coronation Gown
that she can wear to school. So it needs to look like the character, yet not be dress-up.
My 9 year old (who still has bronchitis, but is such a trooper and posed for me) is actually a bit smaller than her cousin, so this is slightly long on her.
This is really my workable muslin. I had no idea how this would turn out. First I started with one of my all time favorite dress patterns The Caroline Party Dress by Mouse House Creations *affiliate link*.
I cut the bodice across in a curve to separate it into two pieces. I also ended up having to add another panel to the bottom to lengthen the bodice, because our niece is a beanpole.
Instead of a zipper, I made it a button and loop closure. Not that hard to do, and the cut of this dress is really conducive to that design.
I sewed strips of two different colored greens together to make the skirt, and pleated the light green ones. I am still deciding whether or not to paint the floral design on each panel or whether to just leave it as is. I still need to hem it, and the lining.
This was the first applique I sewed on my new machine. Not my best work, for sure. I think because of the fiddly little pieces, and tight turns, I would be better off embroidering a preset design, instead. This was to test it out, and the machine really is awesome. The user, on the other hand, needs some practice!
I feel like I know now how to make this dress better. I would, for starters, just lengthen the bodice pattern to begin with, and I would embroider, not free-hand applique. You may be seeing another one of these soon. I don’t think I can Let it Go.
Have you made an Anna-inspired dress? What pattern did you start with?