Frozen outfits all done and off to their new home :o)

The Frozen outfits are all finished and have been sent off to their new home. They’ve likely even already arrived! I’ve been meaning to show some of the final pics for days now, but life has been kicking my ass all over town recently so there’s that.

It’s a funny thing when a project that you’ve had inhabiting your head for some time is finally done. It’s a denouement of sorts. This project consuming your waking thoughts is …. done! Not to say that’s a bad thing – just different. Time to switch gears and think of something else. Sometimes it’s hard to turn off.

I am very pleased with the end results. The look, the feel, it’s all what I was hoping for. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries to really get something just right. I know that sometimes I redo things that would be ok as they are, but for me, just ok, is kind of disappointing. I want the thing to be the best I can make it, otherwise I’ll always be reminded of the improvement I didn’t make and I don’t like that!

That’s probably why these things take me so long to complete. I like to take my time and do things carefully. Sometimes I find I need to go away from a project and put my mind to something else in order to formulate a solution to a puzzle that’s dogging me. This can look like I’m not working on what I should be working on, but nothing could be further from the truth!

At any rate, I’ve blathered on enough already, so here are some final photos of Anna’s and Elsa’s dresses. (I did a couple of quick doppleganger girls to show off the outfits, but these heads were just for the pics….)













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Frozen – Anna outfit WIP 3

I’ve continued the work on the details of Anna’s outfit and I’ve made lots of progress πŸ™‚

I showed the embroidery on her vest last time and I’ve just finished all the decoration on her blue skirt. I used fabric paint as I thought I would after going back to the store for some better colour options. I mixed a couple of different blues for the floral motifs and of course the magenta bloom according to the drawings. Painting so small was a bit finicky and one has to be in the right frame of mind to do this. Brushes were too big for this so I wound up using a pin, lol!

Speaking of pins, I used a pin board (for quilting) covered with a layer of plastic for protection to secure the skirt and keep it taut and still while I painted. Seemed to work ok πŸ™‚

No paint, just pinned and ready to go ……


Scalloped edge first. This took a number of coats.


Then some of the florals…..


And some more florals….


Last, the magenta stylized blooms….



I continued sewing up her collared, two layer cape. Some I did with the machine and the rest I did by hand. It will need the pretty edging, but I finished the front clasp. I’ve used sterling silver plated copper wire and hand turned it to the right shape before sewing it to the cape. I’ve added some silver beads to finish the look. There is a hook and corresponding loop hidden under the decorative wire clasp so that it can be fastened closed.


The last big thing for Anna will be her boots. I’ve made careful note of the designs on the fronts of them, and that’s what I’ll be working on next. Then fasteners on the skirt, vest, Elsa’s dress and finally attaching Elsa’s snowflake cape and this project will be complete!

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Frozen Anna’s Outfit WIP 2

I’ve been a little too busy working on both Anna and Elsa’s outfits to write much in the last week or so, but I’ve tried to take pictures!

Yesterday was a very productive day for Anna’s costume πŸ™‚ When I last showed it, the outfit was all cut out (except for the cape) and waiting to be assembled. I have done that now….

The reclaimed Kimono silk was perfect for her shirt and great to work with even with such tiny pattern pieces. It presses beautifully too. Here’s the shirt all ready to wear πŸ™‚ The sleeves are faced and have a bead button closure do it will fit over the dolls hand and still be a close fit when done up.


Then I went to work on the skirt. I wanted to faithfully represent the top pleat look so I’ve pressed them so they stay in place. I might steam out the hard edge later. I’ll reserve judgement and see how it hangs after I add the decoration….


I’ve added a waistband and now it’s ready for paint.


I did consider embroidery and even piecing the blue scallops, but I think paint will look better. I will testing the paint on some spare fabric today to make sure it’s going to work. If I don’t like it I will go come up with another solution πŸ™‚

The Vest

Ah, the vest!


It’s the cutest part of her outfit πŸ™‚ For this I’ve used a beautiful black wool and pieced together a form fitting shell. For the gold edging I first tried a hand sewn blanket, over edge stitch, but I didn’t like it. It wasn’t solid gold enough. Too much wool showed between the stitches and adding more stitches just made it look messy, so I took that out. I didn’t want to use paint here because the surface of the wool is not flat and smooth and trying to get a clean hard edge with paint wasn’t going to work. I have some gold cord, but it wasn’t wide enough, so I braided it and set it with adhesive so it won’t fray (but I still knotted it at every cut end to be sure) let it dry and then sewed it with gold thread to all of the edges of the vest. It’s exactly how I wanted it to look!




As you can see, I’ve made a rough mock up of the embroidery placement and colour so I have something to look at while I’m stitching…..


Then I began the fun part (well it’s all fun really isn’t it, lol!) The embroidery πŸ™‚ I got all of the colours of thread ready, threaded them all up and set to work. Flowers first, their placement is of paramount importance!


Dots in yellow and blue and stems and leaves in green followed. It’s a little tricky to make things perfectly symmetrical on a tiny scale. Here it is with lots of the embroidery in place πŸ™‚



If I can squeeze more embroidery onto this tiny vest, I will, but I may be out of room :o/

Then on to her magenta cape! Such an interesting cape it is too πŸ™‚


Still lots to do on the cape. It’ll need edging when it’s all put together.

Ok, here’s one last image tonight of the first paint test on the blue skirt fabric….


The yellow is fabric paint and the blue and magenta dots are acrylic paint as is the blue scallop. The fabric paint doesn’t bleed, at all. The acrylic does if I thin it too much. The fabric paint is a little thick and might be difficult to get fine, thin lines with. I’ll try some fine lines with a smaller brush tomorrow, but that’s enough for me today, phew!

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Frozen – Elsa’s outfit WIP 5

I’m nearing the end of my work on Elsa’s outfit and shoes and have started to work on Anna’s outfit as well.

I was last working on Elsa’s icy shoes which I had sculpted and planned to cast them in very pale blue resin to enhance their icy glamness πŸ™‚

I’ve refined and shaped the shoe getting it ready for molding and casting.

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And here they are all cast in blue!

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Lastly here they are on the feet of my hard working headless model, who’s wearing the rest of the outfit except the cape πŸ™‚

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You can see the fully sparkly bodice and the rest of the dress. I need to attach fasteners tot the back and I need to attach her snowflake cape and then she will be finished!

I had some time to work on Anna’s outfit too. I drafted the pattern for her shirt, her vest and her skirt as well. I found the perfect pale teal silk for her shirt. It’s a protion from a reclaimed vintage kimono! One of the most interesting parts of that fact is that the fabric was loomed at only twelve inches wide. I found that quite interesting πŸ™‚

Here’s the initial Anna work. Anna’s shirt pattern wound up being a little complicated, lol!


I’ve found a terrific colour for the skirt and a beautiful fine black wool for her vest. I’ve cut everything out, now I just have to put it all together πŸ™‚


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Elsa Wip 4 – Icy Bodice and Shoes

Happy Good Friday!

I know it’s a holiday, but I love my job, so of course, I’m working!

I first hand edged the sparkly under bodice with silver thread. For look, but for function as well. We can’t have the edge unravelling now can we? Of course not!

The join between the sparkly and the skirt isn’t beautiful, but then it won’t ever be seen as it will be underneath the icy, glittery bodice.


Speaking of which πŸ™‚ That’s what I did next…


Here it is all drab and blue with no exciting shiny bits of any sort. Well, we’ll fix that, won’t we?


Armed with a good close up, four colours of glitter and glue and I can start! I did this stages because I really wanted the rectangular aspect of the original to show…


So here it is after the first two applications of the three colours. I opted not to use the straight silver glitter. It didn’t fit in. It just looked kind of wrong, so it got canned. No hand holding here, lol!Β The bodice looks a bit crude here, but with more apllications it will look better!


All righty then, here it is with much more glitter and I like it! It actually looks better in person, because more of the glitter catches the light. It’s a little tough to capture the effect in the photo.

So, I sealed that with a spray. I’m sure it will be something that will be handled delicately, but I certainly don’t want it to leave a trail of glitter everywhere it goes….. unlike me, who is doing just that, lol!

Then I did some more work on the shoe. The animated ones are sort of a snowflake at the toe and another around the heel. I’m trying to sculpt that effect.


So the jagged edges evoke the right feel, but I would prefer the edge to look more like a deliberate snowflake. So I had to add some more clay and wait (endlessly it seems) for it to dry before I could shape it too much….


Still needs more shaping and refining, but it’s almost ready to mold.

Molding and casting is such a long process with lots of waiting that I will likely be working on Anna’s gown during the curing and waiting periods.

All that’s left for Elsa is fasteners on her bodice and dress and attached her snowflake cape to her gown, and of course the shoes πŸ™‚

Well, thanks for reading, have a wonderful Easter and please check out my auction for Blue Oyster for Dawn and Pippa. Here’s a link …

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