Today we take a look at a beautiful pattern with a great stencil for creating the perfect Anna dress for your little girl from Joy2Sew. Read through to the end to see a glimpse of Elsa too!
- Sizing: 18/24 months to 6/7
- Five separate costume piece which includes:
- Skirt and stencil
- Vest and stencil
- Cape and stencil detailing
- Two shirt options woven and knit along with two collar option- v and rounded
For my Anna, I will be showing you how to turn it into a one piece dress, taking the vest and skirt and combing them.
Materials I used: I went to my local Joanns and found all my fabrics, trims, and paint. If your Joanns doesn't have a wide selection of paint, I recommend going to Hobby Lobby or even Walmart. For my skirt portion I found a lovely ombre blue print fairly new to Joanns and the perfect shade of blue for the look I desired. For my bodice I went with knit glitter black. You can use either woven or knit for the vest front portion. The back needs to be knit for stretch. I have spent many hours playing with fabric paint and I found the best brand that works for the vibrant pigments and washing over time is Tulip. For my trims, I went with ricrac to show a fun spunky twist, but you can also use ribbon or bias in gold.
I must tell you this pattern and the way you assemble it is quite different from what most of us are used too. It is nested, but there aren't any markers to provide an accurate taping to put your pieces together. So you do have to spend some extra time lining up everything and trimming off just the right amount to get all the pieces correct. I think for some of mine, I might have taped a little too low in order to line mine up. Keep at it, the end result is well worth it. Also, I found the front bodice vest to be too long for my daughter, and I ended up cutting 3" off the length to create a custom fit. So, you will want to check out the length of the front bodice vest compared to your daughter to choose whether to go with separates or with a whole dress.
This pattern comes with a stencil as well. I actually took the whole skirt and made a one piece skirt stencil so I didn't have to move the stencil as I painted. It took a little extra time cutting out, but it provided me with a much more accurate stencil design on my skirt. There are great embroidery designs if you are lucky to have a machine - I envy you. I found some blue stencil paper from Martha Stewart that works on your cameo and if you can turn Joy's stencil into SVG files you can cut out a stencil template that way. I'm going to try that soon. When I paint, I prefer to paint flat, so I did my one side skirt seam and hemmed my skirt. As you see in order to make the vest and skirt a solid piece I cut a small semi circle in the center of one of my skirt panels so it would fit the V of my vest. As you can see in these pictures there is a small semi circle cut out on one of the skirt panels this is so that the V shape in the vest can go in the curved area so when you sew the vest to your skirt you have the proper fitting. When I sew the V shape, I slightly curve the V over sewing the actual V. It seems to have a less bulk in the seams.
For the vest you will follow the instruction pretty much the same as indicated by Joy, however you don't need to sew your V shape and you don't need to add the interface to the V shape. Once you have sewn your neckline and armholes and have turned it to the right side you can add the gold trim to the armholes and around the neckline. You will hold off if you make a one piece dress doing the V shape until you've sewn your skirt to your vest. When you are doing the elastic on the back, please baste it to the neck casing to see if you need to adjust this. Mine ended up being very snug! I should have made the neckline a little deeper on my back bodice than what it was on the pattern piece. Now, you will sew up the other side of your skirt to finish it up so you can attach it to your vest. For this you will start in the front. Find your center points of the V on the vest with the curve on the skirt. Pin in place, then working from one side to the other pin the vest to the skirt until you have reached the side seams of your front vest piece and stop. You will then set your machine to a gathering stitch and gather the rest of the skirt to attach to the back of the vest.
For my shirt I choose the rounded neck option and went with a glitter knit. We wanted extra sparkle and shine.
I hope you enjoyed learning some new techniques with painting and making a dress from separate pieces.
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