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I have completed the Anna costume. Simplicity 1233 (0733) overall is a good pattern. I made a few changes and had only one difficulty.
I starter by hand embroidered the bodice and skirt. It took 120 hours to do all the embroidery. I had interfaced the skirt and bodice before embroidering or assembling. I embroidered the bodice before any assembly and the skirt after the skirt was assembled but before it was attached to the bodice.
The changes I made were mostly with the bodice. Originally the pattern has the under shirt cut out only as an overlay on the black part of the bodice. I cut out the under shirt layer using the front pattern instead of the insert. I then cut out the black in the front pattern piece but used the overlay pattern piece to cut out the outline. I made the back both in the undershirt fabric and the black fabric. I trimmed the black fabric’s seam allowance away at the armholes and neckline. I then used gold bias tape to finish the edges after I sewed the shoulder and side seams. I sewed the undershirt following the directions for the pattern and then layered the black part over the undershirt and sewed then together only at the back opening before adding the zipper. The black part is still a separate piece that is only attached at the zipper.
The only change I made to the skirt was how I added the scallop part at the bottom. I drafted my own scallop to make it thinner (like from the movie). I then sewed it on the bottom. I added fusible webbing to the back and and ironed it on to the skirt. I finished the edges with a very tight zigzag almost like a satin stitch.
The cloak was easy to sew except the collar. It uses fusible webbing to hold to the layers of the collar together as well as the black band. I found this cumbersome and ended up sewing close to the edge instead. The black band didn’t work at all so I got rid of it. For the cloak decorations I just make a stencil and painted it on using fabric paint.
I also made boots which are shoe covers. I used the same pattern that I used to make my son’s knight costume. I interfaced them with craft interfacing to make them stand up. I used a fabric paint marker to make the design on them.
The Kristoff costume is a little harder to make since it has to be from scratch. There is no pattern. And there is fur! Here are the material I am using:
I used Burda 9535 for the pattern base. I had used it before for a Flynn Ryder costume. I used grey upholstery suede I bought at Joann’s. I lined the collar and sleeve caps with grey wolf faux fur also from Joann’s. I also used the fur as a facing for the V and the bottom. I then used red felt to add the trimming.
The undershirt is a sweater so I decided to knit it. I used a Children’s Raglan Sweater pattern from Lion Brand and Lion Brand Wool-ease Chunky yarn in Willow. This is really the first thing I ever knit so it didn’t come out perfect but it’s mostly covered and Kristoff’s sweater looks worn anyway.
I just used a basic pajama bottom pattern and grey flannel from Joann’s to make the pants.
I self drafted a pattern using this tutorial. I made them from green suede fabric from Joann’s and interfaced them with craft interfacing. They are shoe covers.
I have bought all the fabric I need for the Anna costume except one. I haven’t been able to find the darker pink fabric for the cloak. Here is what I am using:
Anna Under Shirt
Comfy Double Napped Flannel AquaThis soft double napped (brushed on both sides) flannel is perfect for apparel, quilting, craft projects and home decor accents. This fabric is not flame retardant.
Anna Over Shirt
Toscana Velveteen BlackMade of cotton, velveteen has the rich pile and depth of real velvet, but is much easier to care for. The nap of the fabric gives it a richness and vibrance in most lighting that make it instantly dressy and suitable for nearly any occasion. Use for skirts, dresses, jackets and even home decor accents.
Poly/Cotton Twill Fabric Royal BlueThis poly/cotton twill fabric is lightweight with a full fold drape. It is perfect for pants, jackets, skirts and dresses.
Anna Skirt Bottom
Kona Cotton Dresden BlueFrom Robert Kaufman Fabrics, this 4.3 oz. per square yard 100% Kona cotton broadcloth is perfect for quilting, apparel and more! This fabric has been tested for carcinogenic dye stuffs, formaldehydes, lead, skin-friendly ph factor and has the Confidence in Textiles certification.
72” Rainbow Felt FuchsiaThis 72” wide felt is fade-resistant, cuts cleanly with no fraying and can be sewn and/or glued. It is made from eco-fi which is a high quality fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Rainbow felt is the perfect all-around craft fabric-great for school, camp, costumes, home projects, scrapbooking and much more! Made in the USA.
I have found dark fuchsia felt but only in craft sheet size, not in yardage. So I will need to keep looking.
I have washed all the fabric, except the felt, and now am ready to start cutting.
My youngest sister is getting married next summer! And she has asked me to make her wedding dress!
Making a wedding dress is going to be a lot of work, especially since I plan on making my own pattern, but I think I am up for it. I just hope my sewing machine is up for it!
We are starting with having her try on dresses at various wedding gown shops to see what looks best on her so can design her dress. I am also going to make a moulage to have a basic pattern that fits her to work off of. Patternmaking Basics: The Bodice Sloper is a big help on how to make your own moulage and sloper. There are other patternmaking design classes that I am taking at Craftsy that will help me depending on what design elements I need, like Patternmaking + Design: Creative Darts & Seam Lines, Patternmaking + Design: Creative Necklines, Patternmaking + Design: Creative Sleeves and Patternmaking & Design: Collars & Closures.
I also bought two books to get me started: Bridal Gowns: How to Make the Wedding Dress of Your Dreams and Sew a Beautiful Wedding. The first one I have checked out of my library before, so I already know that it will be a big help!
I will post updates as I work on this wedding dress.
I have never done embroidery before. I have done cross-stitch but never embroidery. So now I have to learn. So I am taking a hand-embroidery class at Craftsy: Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery, by Jessica Marquez. I have been learning a lot from it.
As for the embroidery designs, the design that comes with the pattern is incorrect. I got some close up of the embroidery.
Then I searched online for the embroidery patterns. I figured if someone already did the work to design the embroidery patterns, then I wouldn’t have to do so much work. I found the perfect pattern on DeviantArt.
These designs are made by MomoKurumi and can be found in her DeviantArt gallery here: http://momokurumi.deviantart.com/gallery/40329283/Cosplay-Tutorials-Patterns-Progress. I had to resize them to fit a little girls dress but they look very good.
I plan to interface the entire skirt and bodice front with cotton woven fusible interfacing, which will also act as a stabilizer for the embroidery. The top I had to make some changes already. Apparently the light blue gets overlaid over the black to make it appear to have an undershirt, but since I am using black velveteen which would be under a lightweight cotton, it would not work. So I am going to switch it up with some changes. The black will be on top of the blue and I will be using that lightweight cotton as a lining to guard against the embroidery against skin.
Now to get started with the embroidery!
I never posted about my daughter’s Frozen birthday cake. That is because it was a disaster! My daughter saw the Duff cake mixes at the store and want the pink camo and the zebra cake mixes for her cake. She likes things wild!
So I backed both cakes,separately, in a 10″ square pan. They were fully cooked 10 minutes before the suggested time, which is when I removed them from the oven. After they cooled I removed them from the pan and there was some minor crumbling. Nothing to worry about. I leveled them and started filling the bottom layer which was the zebra cake. The cake crumbled more with the pudding filling being spread over it. I stacked the camo cake on top and before I could start frosting the camo started crumbling! I lost one whole corner! I thought I might be able to save it with lots of frosting and using fondant (which I hadn’t plan to use originally) but it just became a mound of crumbs. I have never had that happen before. I then dumped the “cake” into a container to save since my husband loves cake crumbs and frosting.
I then went to my local grocery store and bought a sheet cake! Something I have never done my entire life. I picked one that was simply decorated and removed the flowers. I then decorated it with sugar shards I had made the day before, sprinkled the cake with sugar crystals and added Frozen figures. My daughter loved it so I guess it worked out in the end.
I will not be buying Duff cake mix again. It was very dry tasting and I cooked it for 10 minutes less time. With my oven I usually have to cook things longer than the suggested time!
Recently I have used Cake Boss cake mixes. I was not sure about them after the disaster of the Duff cake mixes but I had some coupons and bought two cake mixes and two frosting cans. The first one, the Chocolate Trifecta a, I made earlier this summer to make a trifle. The cake was really good tasting and wasn’t dry it all, but it baked very unevenly. I thought maybe I didn’t mix it well enough, it had never happened with any other cake mixes I have made.
Just today I decided to cook the other one I bought, Primo Yellow. It cooked the same, uneven. This time I used my new stand mixer and followed the instructions exactly. It still tastes good and it doesn’t fall apart, but I end up cutting off more cake to even it out.
I think I might just stick to Pillsbury and Betty Crocker, I have never had these problems with those cake mixes.