Growing up with a Mom who can sew was awesome. For Halloween I've been a purple unicorn, Princess Leia, at least three Renaissance princesses, and my brothers have been vampires and ninja turtles with real shells made out of felt. I've noticed, with the advent of pop-up Halloween Spirit stores, that homemade costumes are now a thing of the past. People just don't have the time and the skills anymore. So I am keeping the tradition alive, I guess!
This is where this journey began - with McCall's pattern 7000. A very special little girl in my life LOVES Frozen and loves Elsa. She's also going to be turning 5 in December and having a princess themed party, so having a great costume was important for her. And I thought: hey I can totally do this. My mom taught me some mad skills! So what if I've never put in a zipper before!
This was a big job, and I wanted to get it right. So I opted to make a "test dress," at least for doing some of the more complicated parts like the overlay and yoke. I made the sheer part out of some old curtains and the bodice out of the lining of a bridesmaid's dress. Success: I got my mistakes out of the way!