Tuesday, September 16

Princess Anna Costume Dress Tutorial

If you are a parent of young children like me, you probably have the entire dialogue of Disney's Frozen memorized by now!  My daughter LOVES this movie and I knew she'd love having her own Princess Anna dress for pretend play!  I broke out my sewing machine, pattern, and my favorite Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paints and made her this creation that she now wants to wear every day!  Here's how you can make your own for Halloween or for every day!

What you need:
Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paints (I used Leaf Green, Poppin' Purple, Purple, and Gold)
– Simplicity pattern 1924
– Blue and black cotton, gold trim, matching thread and zipper
(check pattern for specific yardage and details)
Tulip T-shirt Form (or cardboard)
– Painters tape
– Water-soluble marker
– ruler

Note:  The following tutorial is for the painting portion of the dress. If you are new to sewing, I definitely suggest having a skilled seamstress help you in the process!


Using your pattern, cut your front chest pattern piece to size. Tape fabric to board using the tape.

Using your water-soluble marker, center and freehand the front of Anna's dress design.

Use your leaf green 3D paint and outline leaves and branches.

It will look like this when you are done with the green paint.

Use the other colors to fill in the additional flowers, dots, and embellishments.
Set aside to dry and move onto the skirt.

For the skirt, ,\measure fabric into seven equal sections. Use marker and ruler to make lines. This will help you make sure the flowers are evenly spaced and approximately the same size.

Use the marker to sketch the flowers, then retrace them with the paint. Work from left to right to prevent smudging. Start with the tall flower first, then the shorter flower second.

Repeat process until all flowers are completed.  You should end with a tall flower and have a short flower in the center of the fabric.  Allow time to dry.

Once both top and bottom are dry (I waited overnight to let mine dry), finish assembling your dress according to pattern instructions.


Here's a few detail photos of the finished dress!



Here's my niece wearing the finished dress. It turned out so adorable!

I'd love to know if you plan on making a version similar to this, leave a comment below if you are. It was really fun to make and now all the little girls in my family want to wear it, so I consider it a huge success!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Super cute Annette :)

ruth said...

Looking to make for my niece.. how do the painted flowers hold up washing? I am torn about how I want to do the appliques..

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