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Unread 07-12-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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Frozen Elsa help

Hi!

It's very premature but I'm planning on making Elsa's Snow Queen dress for an upcoming con. However, I need some help with it!

So she's got this midriff cape thingum that is intensely sparkly at the top before giving way to blue transparent fabric, sparkly snowflakes all over it. I've decided to make the majority of the cape out of blue chiffon but I'm a bit stuck on how I should do the snowflakes and sparkles!





I was considering several options:
1) Applique with silver/white organza on the chiffon using anti-fray and sewing them down with a simple stitch rather than the zig-zag stich all over.
2) Painting on snowflake stencils with a mix of pearl ex and colourless extender
3) Spraying on snowflake stencils with silver spray paint done from a distance to make it less opaque.

All of the above would have some amount of rhinestones sewn/glued on at the top and scattered around. I want to make the cape as fluid and drapey as possible which I'm worried might not work with the paints...

Any suggestions?

Also, her bodice is sparkly and looks almost like it's covered in mirror shards, not too sure how to get that effect...

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Unread 07-12-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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What a coincidence, I'm considering this cosplay too! I might be wrong, but I think painting on the snowflakes would be best, possibly before the fabric is attached. As for the bodic, I found some "blue disco glitter fabric" online, which I think would work.
http://www.colourbox.com/preview/191...background.jpg

I also have a question for you. How might I go about making the shoes? Should I paint and glitter plastic heels? If so, how do I prevent them from tracking glitter wherever I go?

Hope this helps!
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Unread 07-13-2013, 12:01 AM   #3
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I tend to avoid plastic heels since they can really hurt and if I'm going to be in them all day, I'd rather my shoes were comfy.

There are a couple of methods, one being to mix Modge Podge with glitter and painting it on the shoe, then there's the paint + glue + glitter method which is the one I think you were talking about. With the former you won't need to spray anything on since the Modge Podge will more or less make a lacquer with the glitter to stop it from rubbing off at all, but with the second you will need to use a polyurethane spray of some sort to seal the glitter on.

I've linked two tutorials to the methods and hope they can help you some!
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Unread 07-13-2013, 12:14 AM   #4
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For the bodice I'd probably go for handstitching a scattering of clear glass or crystal beads over a pale blue base. The base has mozaic-style rectangles in various shades of turquoise all over it, they look to be the same size as the crystals. Handpainting the rectangles on to the base is always an option if you can't find a suitable fabric.



Swarovski do the best rhinestones, although they're rather pricey
There are some column-shaped sew-on crystals which would be perfect - http://www.beadaholique.com/c-64475-...lumn-bead.aspx
They have some snowflake shaped ones too! - http://www.beadaholique.com/c-64806-...snowflake.aspx

Czech dagger-shaped glass beads which are more cost-effective should work nicely too - http://www.beadaholique.com/c-65568-...ger-beads.aspx

Sequin-trim could be trimmed down to the size of the crystals and stitched on - http://www.ebay.com/itm/30-colours-7...em5aeef0e 14e

And then there's this:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gs409-Sky-Bl... em5af1d5cb28
It's a mesh so would need a proper backing, and the rectangles aren't randomly placed, plus it appears a bit too bright, but thought I'd mention it anyway.


The glitter on the cape appears quite chunky, so perhaps a spray-on adhesive done with stencils with a chunky glitter might do the trick there?
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Unread 07-13-2013, 03:38 PM   #5
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Wow, those are great! Thank you for the suggestions!
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Unread 10-14-2013, 07:19 AM   #6
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hey!
Hoshi26 if you ask me about the shoes
http://http://www.google.si/imgres?s...22&tx=78&ty=59

uuh big link... So i think if you want to create this effect, glue gun would be the best; I'm adding the link of making a snow queen's makeup (a mask), but the technique is the same
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7sSg2VI3_E

hope this will help
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Unread 11-22-2013, 10:09 AM   #7
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I'm currently in the middle of making this costume, and another way to be able to do the bodice is a mix of hand sewn square, iridescent sequins in a variety of blue/grey/silver/clear colours, different coloured/size/shaped beads, etc. It's extremely tedious, since they're hand sewn, and will take a lot of patience, but I've started and so far I'm liking how it's turning out
I purchased sequins online from cartwright and just found some circle beads with a metal center from my local fabric/craft store!

If you're interested in how it might look I have some progress pictures here:
http://taylorthetailor.tumblr.com/tagged/wip
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Unread 12-01-2013, 10:58 PM   #8
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Where did you guys get your referece photos? @_@
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Unread 12-02-2013, 09:36 AM   #9
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Oh! I'm starting this costume tonight! I've been researching it for what feels like forever. My supplies finally show up today.
Anyway, I'm also using blue chiffon for the cape. I'm going to use a combination of fake snow, glitter, and fabric glue to painstakingly stencil it all on.
The only thing I would be very careful to avoid in spray paint. It flakes off and can make the fabric too stiff.
Good luck! I want to see it when you're done. (‐^▽^‐)

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Unread 12-04-2013, 02:14 PM   #10
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Dress

I want to cosplay elsa as well and i was wondering what kinda of dress pattern to use for her dress?
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Unread 12-06-2013, 04:10 AM   #11
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I want to cosplay elsa as well and i was wondering what kinda of dress pattern to use for her dress?
I'm adapting the Corset top from New Look - http://sewingpatterns.com/sub_item.php?item_num=6480new
Will make it out of a sturdy pale-blue fabric and stitch the sequins over the top, probably will attach a few clear crystal beads and rhinestones too (costume's still in planning stages :P)

These are the sequins I'm using: http://www.athenabeads.co.uk/PBSCPro...?ItmID=9989272

The skirt doesn't need to be attached (though it could be if you really want it to be a 'dress') It's just a basic half-circle skirt with a split up the right leg.
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Bennuko, opted for this pattern as well over the Simplicity one (on advice from the lady at JoAnn) just wondering what you mean by "adapting" it? I've never really made major changes to a pattern before so I'm kinda scared to do anything but follow it.

I was going to just lengthen the included skirt but I think it may be too poofy, the JoAnn lady also recommended a circle/half circle skirt... I guess that would be easier
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Unread 01-02-2014, 09:38 PM   #13
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I've been brainstorming this dress and gathering all my ideas on Pinterest, I've even added ones that are only wishful fantasies, I do have a few ideas on the rindstones for the cape and dress http://www.pinterest.com/lonehowler/...possibilities/
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Unread 01-04-2014, 06:45 PM   #14
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Bennuko, opted for this pattern as well over the Simplicity one (on advice from the lady at JoAnn) just wondering what you mean by "adapting" it? I've never really made major changes to a pattern before so I'm kinda scared to do anything but follow it.

I was going to just lengthen the included skirt but I think it may be too poofy, the JoAnn lady also recommended a circle/half circle skirt... I guess that would be easier
The pattern wants the zip placed down one side of the bustier, I just shifted it to the center-back. I also cut a sweetheart neckline into the front panel.

Here's my progress on the bustier, there are about 1000 sequins stitched to the front 3 panels. When the whole piece is covered I'll add some slightly different coloured sequins, some rhinestones, and some rectangular crystals.



The skirt in the pattern set has large darts in it, so if you can pattern out the darts through redrafting it, you could use it, but it will be easier to just go with a half-circle skirt pattern.
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Unread 01-04-2014, 08:39 PM   #15
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Bennuko, your progress looks absolutely stunning! I am also working on an Elsa dress. What type of fabric did you use on your bustier so far? Its the exact look i've been wanting on my elsa dress.
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