March 19, 2014

Elsa In Testing.

4.14.14 Update: Elsa Pattern now available in my Joy2Sew Etsy shop and on Craftsy!!!!

I'm sure you are dying for a new blog post, same as I. So much going on here at the dress factory....I mean my studio. With yesterday's official movie release of FROZEN on DVD, it seems even more important that I share my current progress with you on my Elsa pattern. I am happy to announce that it is currently in it's testing phase by some incredibly talented seamstresses, who are yielding me valuable advice, concrete testing, gorgeous dresses, and fine tuning my directions and pattern pieces...just to make sure they are as perfect as they can be FOR YOU! This, by far, is one of the most important steps of pattern making (in my opinion). Just because I make pattern pieces and directions that I understand, doesn't mean that the next person will understand them just as I do. These ladies have been invaluable to me! So, more on them.....


NICOLE:  ....from Once Upon a Princess made up two incredible Elsa Ice Dresses for her adorable daughters, Bella and Clara Mae! I was so excited that she joined my tester team after seeing what beautiful and skillful work she produced for Made for Mermaids, and now her own line of fantastic, pretty, and easy to wear Princess Dresses. Check out her Facebook page and put in your order today!

Nicole's Dresses: For Bella's 2/3 sizing she used confetti dot performance wear for bodice, a brocade skirt, sheer mesh upper bodice and sleeves. She placed buttonholes and fancy buttons at the upper back bodice (in lieu of a velcro closure), and lined her sheer snowflake train with silver bias tape! Brilliant! I also love how she used my skirt pattern to make two train pieces (instead of one cut length of fabric)! Nicole also trimmed the lower bodice with silver trim, accenting the waistline. For Clara Mae's 18-24mo size, she used a stretch knit for the entire dress, and the same sheer mesh for the upper bodice and snowflake organza (available at some JoAnn Fabrics) for the train. She doubled the upper bodice as in my directions and serged the seams, giving it more sturdiness and a finished look. 

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MARCI: ...joined me on this project and I couldn't be happier! She has provided priceless and practical feedback and made her daughter, Olivia, one popular little girl around town! She literally whipped this dress up in no time, and even made an additional one to bless her friend with as well! 

Marci's Dresses: Marci made the 4/5 sizing for Olivia. She used satin for the skirt, confetti dot performance knit for the bodice vest, and shiny power mesh for the upper bodice and sleeves. For one of her dresses (pictured to the far right), she made the detachable train (attached and detachable train available in this pattern) with sheer organza. Please notice the incredible detail she placed in hand designing and applying those delicate silver snowflakes on the train....WOW!! Simply amazing! 

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MANDY: from SonBel has been with me since my first pattern of Sofia the First. She has become a great friend and such a support on my now third, big pattern release. I'm so pleased to have her sewing along with me and enjoy seeing her adorable little girls! 
Mandy's dress: used jersey knit for the upper bodice and sleeves, a performance wear knit for the lower front bodice, and a soft, lightweight velvet for the skirt. She made the outfit separates, with a detachable train in back, and a velcro closure. 
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CYNTHIA: from Puddin' Pies created this gorgeous dress for her daughter! It's stunning! I'm very thankful that Cynthia has joined my team and provided good feedback as well on the pattern.  Her shop is filled with adorable items for your little girl to wear! Check it out today!
Cynthia's dress: used satin for the skirt, confetti dot for the bodice, and knit for the upper bodice. I love the long and flowing sheer netted, detachable train she made too! Beautiful!

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JOY: Yeah, me. I had to add in a photo pool of Elsa's I've been creating as well for my beautiful little models! A whole lot of work goes into something like this, so I greatly adore your excitement for this coming pattern, and your patience with me in needing to take the extra time to 
get it just right for you! 

 This was just the Elsa Ice Dress Portion of the Pattern to boot! Elsa's Coronation Dress and Cape is also a part of this pattern duo as well! So, be sure to stay tuned into Joy2Sew on Facebook for all my news, and Pin it, Tweet it, Google + it....you get where I'm going! 

Coronation Is Here!!!!



Purchase your Elsa PDF Pattern today!!!! I will save you thousands of dollars NOT bidding for a sold out dress on Ebay! Sew one up today, or ask one of my amazing tester seamstresses 
(referenced above) to make one for you!

11 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to see everyone's hard work! They all did such an amazing job! I love the hand painted glitter snowflakes on the train I need to know the process! I can't wait to finish up my coronation to show off :) thanks for allowing me to test and be apart of your team

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    1. Such a pleasure to have you, truly! Yes, you all blew me out of the water with such spectacular and beautiful dresses! Let's have Marci share how more about how she created those snowflakes!

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  2. Thank you so much, Joy! I am blessed to be a part of this project! It has been so much fun and has been making some little girls VERY happy! You know it is good when the dress is recognized by pretty much every little girl you see in public! :) It's great seeing all of the personal touches put on the dress, they look great!

    I have sworn off doing the snowflakes again because they are a huge pain, but they do add a very nice touch! I cut the snowflakes on contact paper with my Silhouette to make a stencil but had a really hard time getting them to stick to the organza. I then used glitter fabric paint to fill them in and poured more glitter on top to make them really sparkle, which made a HUGE mess! I pulled the contact paper stencil off before they dried and what you see above is what I ended up with!

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    1. What you were left with was still gorgeous!!! You did a phenomenal job on your dresses, and so thankful you are on my team, and a new sewing friend! Thank you for sharing with all how you created those amazing snowflakes!

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  3. Wow, the pattern looks amazing!!!! I made an Elsa dress that looks more like the Disney store ones, and am going to attempt one like the actual movie this weekend! I wish your pattern was already out- mine is going to be a mash-up!!! Can't wait for the coronation dress, that's next on the list. Yours is GORGEOUS!!!! Thanks again for making the stencils available!!!

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    1. My pleasure! The pattern is definitely wrapping up and I am so thrilled! Thank you so much for your kind comments and for showing me the gorgeous work you are doing on your costumes!!!! Amazing sewing!

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  4. A post from a non-sewer - I came across your site in searching for patterns for both the Elsa coronation and snow queen dresses. Something I can bring to our talented seamstress. Are your patterns available for purchase or can you recommend where I might find them? Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! An exciting announcement is coming tomorrow (on Tuesday).... I'm so glad you are excited as I am!!!!

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  5. I'd really like to purchase this pattern to make it for my daughters birthday in the beginning of May. Can you tell us a release date?

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  6. I'd really like to purchase this pattern to make for my daughter's birthday in early May. Can you tell us the release date?

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    1. Well, an official announcement will follow tomorrow, but I can tell you that you will have it in time for your daughters birthday : )! Yea!!!!

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