As promised in my Elsa Dress DIY post earlier this week, I give you the infamous Anna dress costume. Anna’s movie dress requires a lot of detail work, which doesn’t make sense to toil hour after hour on embroidery for a children’s costume. In order to achieve a similar look to Anna’s dress, I needed to get creative. With some ribbon, fabric paint markers, and fabric glue – I believe we achieved the perfect kids Anna dress DIY. Something that is obviously Anna, yet much easier to create. So let’s go.
Anna Costume DIY
- Light Blue T Shirt
- 3/4 yd stretch velvet or velour fabric
- 1 yd blue silk or sateen fabric
- 4 – 5 yards gold bias tape
- thin green ribbon
- fabric paint and brush -or- fabric paint marker
- fabric glue
- various craft jewels or flowers
- 1 yd 2″ elastic
- basic sewing essentials (thread, rotary cutter, scissors, sewing machine, etc.)
- Lay your Blue T Shirt down to use as a basic pattern piece. Place the velour fabric on top of your T Shirt, on the fold.
- Cut around the side seam, armsyce, and the shoulder seam, adding desired seam allowance. For the neckline cut a square neckline. Cut (2) for Front and Back.
- If desired, cut the front square neckline lower than the back.
- Now its time to have some fun with the ‘embroidered’ bodice.
- Using your green ribbon, pin it strategically around the front of the bodice.
- Sew the ribbon directly onto the front bodice using a zig zag stitch, following and pivoting with the sewing foot as you sew.
- Add jewels or flowers directly onto the bodice using fabric glue. Allow time to dry.
Bodice Construction – Part 2
- We will now work with our gold bias tape. Sew your gold bias tape around the neckline, pivoting at the square corners, going from one shoulder to the other side.
- Sew in fold, and you should have this. Fold over bias tape to the wrong side of the neckline, covering the raw edge neckline, pin in place.
- Sew, making sure you catch the other side of the bias tape as you sew. Repeat for both front and back bodice.
- Place front and back bodice right sides together and pin shoulder seams. Sew. Sew bias tape onto both armsyces.
- Fold shirt right sides together, pin and sew side seams.
- Add bias tape around the hem.
- And you are finished with the top half of your Anna Dress!
- Measure your child from waist to floor, this will be your skirt length. Cut (2) skirt panels your desired length x 30″ wide. Place panels right sides together and pin side seams. Sew.
- Hem bottom of skirt.
- Measure your child’s waist and subtract 2″. Cut a piece of elastic that measurement.
- Place short ends of elastic together and sew, creating a circle.
- Slip the elastic around the top edge of your skirt, right sides together. Pin the upper edge of the elastic to the 4 sides of your skirt (front, back, 2 side seams). *Please note – the elastic will be much smaller than your skirt’s waistband. You will need to stretch the elastic when you are sewing A LOT in the next step.
- Sew using a zig zag stitch or stretch stitch, pulling the elastic as you sew so that it is equal in width to the skirt’s waistband.
- Flip the waistband up, and you have finished the main skirt. Now let’s embellish Anna style.
- Using fabric paint or a fabric paint marker, draw flower shaped designs around the hem of your skirt. I made a basic tulip style stem and leaves. Allow time to dry if needed.
- Using fabric glue, place the craft jewels or flowers around the skirt in desired places.
- Allow time to dry.
And you are finished!
Make sure to check out the Elsa Dress DIY here for the coordinating costume!
As always, thank you so much for stopping by and until next time…