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Frozen Costumes at Calico Laine

Since Disney’s smash hit movie, Frozen, was released last year, we have been inundated with customers looking for Dressmaking Fabrics to make their own versions of the outfits that the two female leads, Queen Elsa and Princess Anna, wear in the film. As an avid costume-maker and Disney nerd myself, I have been all too happy to help these customers out! I have actually spent the past few months working on my own Frozen costumes, and I’ll be talking about the progress of each one in today’s blog.

Using materials from Calico Laine, I have been making Elsa's famous ice dress. Using materials from Calico Laine, I have been making Elsa's famous ice dress.

First up is the dress that the movie is famous for – the ice dress that Elsa wears while singing the movie’s most popular song, Let It Go. When I chose my Dressmaking Fabrics for this project, I decided to go with our azure microfibre as a base for the top. The colour is just perfect for Elsa’s outfit, and to jazz it up I used our aptly-named ice blue organza as an overlay. I am now in the process of sewing and gluing hundreds of beads, sequins and acrylic gems to it that I purchased from Calico Laine. It is a long process, but it is one I am enjoying and I look forward to seeing the end result of my hard work!

Secondly is Elsa’s coronation outfit – I chose to use our turquoise georgette for both the top and the skirt. I doubled it over so that it wouldn’t be transparent in any way, and then I used our Anchor embroidery silks to create the design on the front. To finish it off, I used some of our Berisfords plain satin ribbon in a gold colour as a trim. I am really pleased with the overall look.

My first proper attempt at embroidery, using Anchor silks and Dressmaking Fabrics from Calico Laine. My first proper attempt at embroidery, using Anchor silks and Dressmaking Fabrics from Calico Laine.

As the most popular choice for costume-making seems to be Elsa’s ice dress, other Dressmaking Fabrics that we have recommended to customers are chiffon for the cape, aqua and turquoise duchess satin for the dress, and lycra for younger snow queens who are bound to grow out of their costumes in no time at all. If you are making a costume on a budget, take a look at our economy satins which have plenty of colours available (including a number of blue shades), and our organza which would be great for Elsa’s cape.

I hope to continue blogging about the progress of my costumes, and I always love to see the results of our customers’ costuming efforts using our Dressmaking Fabrics as well. Have you made any of your own Frozen costumes? Take a photo and show us on our Facebook page – we love to see what you come up with!