We made this ice princess costume for my 10-year-old without using a pattern. Learn how with this tutorial!
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Sewing an Elsa Inspired Ice Princess/Ice Queen Dress
My youngest daughter has loved Disney’s Frozen ever since it came out when she was tiny. I love that, nearly a decade later, she still enjoys the show.
We’re living in England this fall, with very limited crafting supplies. But we do have a sewing machine! So we walked a local fabric store and bought what we could find to sew a Halloween costume inspired by Elsa’s Ice Queen dress.
How to Sew a Dress Without a Pattern
Now, Elsa’s actual dress is made out of very stretchy material. I had planned to use my fairy godmother dress technique to make this costume.
Unfortunately, we could only find non-stretchy, home dec weight fabric that was really intended for curtain making. But I am always up for hacking, so we made it work!
First, I had my daughter lie down on the fabric, and we cut a rough outline, leaving plenty of room. Because the fabric was thick and non stretchy and I am all for sensory friendly Halloween costumes, I opted for nice wide sleeves.
With the dresser’s zipper installed, my daughter tried the dress on, wrong side out.
We added a punch of pleats. See those pins halfway down her front in the bottom middle photo? I stitched a four inch seam along those lines. In the finished product it looks a lot like a princess seam, but it’s easier to sew!
Once I was happy with pleats, I pinned the neck using wonder clips (best sewing tool ever!)
Here you can see the finished base dress. The fabric didn’t fray, so I didn’t finish the hems on the sleeves or the bottom of the dress. Honestly, I wish I’d bought an extra half yard of fabric; I would have liked the dress longer, but we made do.
Adding a Cape Like Elsa’s
Now it was time to add on the cape! I stitched this fabric straight onto the dress, just at a couple of spots on the shoulders and again around the waistline. I left the edges of the cape fabric unfinished, too.
And there you have it! It’s not the same as the movie dress – the fabric for starters is all wrong. Fabric options changed a lot of design factors before we ever started sewing! But the color and basic idea is there, and I think she’ll be recognized as an Elsa inspired Ice Princess (or Ice Queen, if she decides to upgrade her title).
The best part about an inspired rather than a copied dress? She’s already talking about how she’ll use it as a princess costume in a play she and her siblings are working on! And she’s worn it just for fun several times already. Not to mention I had a little fun with Canva to make this post a little more magical :)
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