children, sewing

Elsa Costume (Simplicity 1233)

(Originally published on BurdaStyle on 10/18/2015)

35088017946_043c056f04_bMy almost 4 year old desperately wanted a princess dress, and since I already had this pattern, decided I would cave in and let her join the throngs of Elsa’s this Halloween. I know it will get very good mileage as she wears a costume almost every day! Even though making my own cost more than buying a premade one from Target, the quality is just so much better than what i could buy – I’m sure this one will hold up for many many years (and as a handmedown for little sister, coming soon!) (edit, 6/5/2017 – Well, this one hasn’t held up well at all – the seams have ripped where the chiffon meets the bodice at the arm pits and also in the elbows. I would make this again but use a spandex based chiffon instead).


The pattern was fairly easy to follow. It included instructions for French seams. Since I used sparkly fabric on the bodice (a bit itchy on the back), I decided to line the bodice, so that part was not included in the instructions. I lined it so that there are hidden seams in the bodice.


I used microfilament thread to put the decorative braiding on. I tried to use my rolled hemming foot (Bernina #61) to do all the edges of the cape but eventually I gave up. That foot seriously hates me.


Sizing wise, my daughter was just under all the 4T measurements, and exactly on height, so I decided to do size 5 for length and 4 for width. There is so much ease though, next costume I will do a 4T all around.

Material Notes

Casa Satin – Joann
Microdot – Joann
Let’s Pretend giltter chiffon – Joann
Braid – Wrights? – Joann
Zipper – Coats & Clark

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