I’m sure you are dying for a new blog post, same as I. So much going on here at the dress factory….I mean my studio. With yesterday’s official movie release of FROZEN on DVD, it seems even more important that I share my current progress with you on my Elsa pattern. I am happy to announce that it is currently in it’s testing phase by some incredibly talented seamstresses, who are yielding me valuable advice, concrete testing, gorgeous dresses, and fine tuning my directions and pattern pieces…just to make sure they are as perfect as they can be FOR YOU! This, by far, is one of the most important steps of pattern making (in my opinion). Just because I make pattern pieces and directions that I understand, doesn’t mean that the next person will understand them just as I do. These ladies have been invaluable to me! So, more on them…..
4.14.14 Update: Elsa Pattern now available in my Joy2Sew Etsy shop and on Craftsy!!!!
NICOLE: ….from Once Upon a Princess made up two incredible Elsa Ice Dresses for her adorable daughters, Bella and Clara Mae! I was so excited that she joined my tester team after seeing what beautiful and skillful work she produced for Made for Mermaids, and now her own line of fantastic, pretty, and easy to wear Princess Dresses. Check out her Facebook page and put in your order today!
Nicole’s Dresses: For Bella’s 2/3 sizing she used confetti dot performance wear for bodice, a brocade skirt, sheer mesh upper bodice and sleeves. She placed buttonholes and fancy buttons at the upper back bodice (in lieu of a velcro closure), and lined her sheer snowflake train with silver bias tape! Brilliant! I also love how she used my skirt pattern to make two train pieces (instead of one cut length of fabric)! Nicole also trimmed the lower bodice with silver trim, accenting the waistline. For Clara Mae’s 18-24mo size, she used a stretch knit for the entire dress, and the same sheer mesh for the upper bodice and snowflake organza (available at some JoAnn Fabrics) for the train. She doubled the upper bodice as in my directions and serged the seams, giving it more sturdiness and a finished look.
MARCI: …joined me on this project and I couldn’t be happier! She has provided priceless and practical feedback and made her daughter, Olivia, one popular little girl around town! She literally whipped this dress up in no time, and even made an additional one to bless her friend with as well!
Marci’s Dresses: Marci made the 4/5 sizing for Olivia. She used satin for the skirt, confetti dot performance knit for the bodice vest, and shiny power mesh for the upper bodice and sleeves. For one of her dresses (pictured to the far right), she made the detachable train (attached and detachable train available in this pattern) with sheer organza. Please notice the incredible detail she placed in hand designing and applying those delicate silver snowflakes on the train….WOW!! Simply amazing!
MANDY: from SonBel has been with me since my first pattern of Sofia the First. She has become a great friend and such a support on my now third, big pattern release. I’m so pleased to have her sewing along with me and enjoy seeing her adorable little girls!
Mandy’s dress: used jersey knit for the upper bodice and sleeves, a performance wear knit for the lower front bodice, and a soft, lightweight velvet for the skirt. She made the outfit separates, with a detachable train in back, and a velcro closure.
CYNTHIA: from Puddin’ Pies created this gorgeous dress for her daughter! It’s stunning! I’m very thankful that Cynthia has joined my team and provided good feedback as well on the pattern. Her shop is filled with adorable items for your little girl to wear! Check it out today!
Cynthia’s dress: used satin for the skirt, confetti dot for the bodice, and knit for the upper bodice. I love the long and flowing sheer netted, detachable train she made too! Beautiful!
JOY: Yeah, me. I had to add in a photo pool of Elsa’s I’ve been creating as well for my beautiful little models! A whole lot of work goes into something like this, so I greatly adore your excitement for this coming pattern, and your patience with me in needing to take the extra time to
get it just right for you!
This was just the Elsa Ice Dress Portion of the Pattern to boot! Elsa’s Coronation Dress and Cape is also a part of this pattern duo as well! So, be sure to stay tuned into Joy2Sew on Facebook for all my news, and Pin it, Tweet it, Google + it….you get where I’m going!