DIY Anna and Elsa Costumes

For the last three years, I’ve made the Halloween costumes for my best friend’s twin daughters. Check out year 1 here and year 2 here. I’m working on their costumes for this year and can’t wait to share the finished product.

For year three, my friend was really hoping she’d have one more year to pick the costumes out for her girls, especially when they were adamant about such a commercial thing like Anna and Else from Frozen. But alas, when a 2-year-old says they want to be a Disney Princess, a Disney Princess they’ll be.

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Out of the various dresses worn throughout the movie, these are the ones I used for inspiration for these costume ideas.

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As with the previous two costume sets I made, the hardest part was figuring out where to start. I wanted the costumes to be simple to make, comfortable to wear, and still look like the characters.  I got the cape patterns from McCall’s Pattern M6420.

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I got the appliqué layout for Anna’s dress from McCall’s pattern MP381.

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Since the girls live 3 hours away, I didn’t want to deal with making fitted sleeves. Plus I figured tight-fitting chiffon sleeves (like in the patterns above) would be pretty uncomfortable for tiny toddlers. So I went with Butterick see&sew pattern B6038, thinking they could wear a long sleeve knit shirt underneath for trick or treating.

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I think the ensembles turned out pretty great! The best part about how the dresses tie, is that even though they’ve outgrown them by this point they can still tie the straps around their necks to play dress up.

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anna and elsa

Here’s an in-progress shot of Anna’s dress, with her finished cape in the background.

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I liked making the Anna dress a little more because of the bright colors and appliqué details.

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anna and elsa

anna and elsa

I also made little purses for them from the fabric I used to make the capes.

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Making the Elsa dress was fun too because of the sparkly snowflake overlay at the bodice (that I also used on the purse).

anna and elsa

anna and elsa

anna and elsa

anna and elsa

anna and elsa

anna and elsa

To give you perspective on how tiny these girls and there costumes were, this is my husband modeling the dresses. He’s such a good sport.

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Andie and Frankie, of course, were such a big help throughout the whole process.

anna and elsa

anna and elsa

anna and elsa

 

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