I know, I know. I talk pretty much ALL. THE. TIME. about how the movie Frozen left some things to be desired. I just really love Disney villains, and there isn’t one in this movie. Elsa’s not a villain–she has powers and she’s misunderstood, but a villain she is not. That one guy who wants to marry Anna? I guess he’s the villain. But he’s not some menacing Scar-like figure, or even a lovable jerk like Gaston. He doesn’t have a villain song! But, I digress. The point of this post is to talk about my upcoming FROZEN PARTY at the library, and as always, I am getting super into it!
Picture this: your library’s children’s room transformed into Arendelle, with purple, gold, and green banners hanging all around. Then, you are ushered to the meeting room, which has been turned into Elsa’s ice palace! Icicle lights, snowflake wands, troll bowling, Olaf snowball toss, and then…A GIANT SING-ALONG. Guys, I am beside myself with excitement about this party! And just like with the Star Wars party of yesteryear, I need a sweet costume to really get in the zone.
Leia on Hoth (2012)! And Pete the Jedi!
Have I mentioned that I love costumes? I’ll take pretty much any opportunity to dress up. Obviously, this Frozen party is no exception.
After scouring the planet for a turquoise or teal or basically blue/green formal dress and not finding any in my size, I was pretty much ready to give up. I figured I’d just get one at the local Savers that was two sizes too small and try some alterations. I mean, it was only a $15 dress. I was hemming and hawing about it when my mom came to the rescue.
“Don’t you have that dress you wore to like, three dances?”
I drew a blank. A dress I wore to three dances? I couldn’t at all remember.
“You know,” she continued, “the one you wore with sneakers. It’s in the attic in a box that’s for dress-up clothes.”
Ah! Yes! Of course I remember that silver gem. I wore it with sneakers to junior prom. Other notable memories of junior prom? I choked on a meatball at dinner, and I believe that’s where “DJ Mullet” made his first appearance. I seem to remember comically large sunglasses, as well. Anyway, yes! The dress was there, in the attic, and it wasn’t teal but it was free, and that made it good enough.
Other cheap finds for this costume:
-Free tulle from work! It’s old and white and ratty, but since “free” trumps pretty much everything else in my costume-making adventures, I figured it’d be fine as long as there weren’t big gross holes.
-$4 sparkly blue tulle on a roll
-$4 sparkly snowflake buttons that will go in my braid
-Glue that I had on hand
-Thread that I had on hand
So, aside from the hours and hours it took me to make the cape/train, it’s really just an $8 costume!
I planned to also make a mesh shirt with long sleeves to go under the dress, but after all that work on the train, I just can’t be bothered. Kids will get the idea! I also went back and forth over whether or not to paint or dye the dress. It’s mostly polyester, so I guess typical dye (like Rit) is a terrible idea according to many blogs I ended up reading on the subject. Paint would have worked great but would have taken forever and it probably would have looked ugly. The dress remains an icy silver.
Here’s a million pics of the process:
The dress and the very long length of tulle before any alterations. I just kind of put the tulle on top to see how long/wide it really was. Answer: longer than I thought, which ended up being great. I had enough to cut two side pieces in addition to the middle part of the train.
As I said, I had enough tulle to kind of fill out the train and add some pieces to the side for a rounder effect. I just eyeballed this. What did I have to lose? The stuff was free!
I made this discovery after I’d cut the sides. I told you it was ratty! Luckily I had enough that I could cut a new one.
I sewed the two sides on (it wasn’t as hard to sew tulle as I’d thought!) and then gathered the top. I attached that to a piece of Velcro, and put the other side of the Velcro on the dress. Presto, changeo: the dress now has this magnificent train/cape thing. I was worried after this, though, because it’s so WHITE. I feared it was a bit too bridal.
Enter: elements of blue! I figured if I added a bunch of blue in different places it would trick the eye into seeing the dress as more blue than white or gray. This is after about two hours of staring at the blue tulle and mumbling, “WHAT THE HELL DO I DO NOW?” It took me a while to make the jump from imagining Elsa’s dress as teal to imagining my dress as an interpretation of that dress; one that’s within the same color family but not an exact replica. I decided to make a giant blue snowflake. It made me happy.
This also made me happy. Starting the giant snowflake!
Giant snowflake complete and attached with glue. Kind of crusty and ugly, but hopefully from far away nobody will notice the glue crust.
This part actually took the longest: sewing six little snowflakes onto the tulle. I didn’t like the look of the glue, so sewing seemed a good option. I tied each on at three points. It was painstaking and horrible. But look! I also added blue to the top to hide the Velcro.
Still hand sewing. Ugh. This is probably right before I pricked my finger for the 15th time.
Finished! I think having sleeves would really help the situation out, but as-is, I think it’s passable. Don’t mind my really messy kitchen. Oh! And I will FOR SURE have a blonde wig. I frolicked around the house like this for at least twenty minutes. I LOVE DRESSING UP. I also love trains.
Look out for an update after the Frozen party next Wednesday!