(Remember when I said that to keep this blog going it might not always be home diy-ing, here’s a costume diy!)
Sometimes this little voice appears in my head and tells me to do something that would be ridiculous, but also pretty awesome. Usually I tell this voice no, I don’t want to drop out of school to join a circus, or no, I don’t think that adopting all the cats in the world is a good plan.
But then sometimes I do listen to it. Like this Thursday when out of the blue, I suddenly decided I really ought to be Anna from Frozen this Sunday. To put this in context, this Sunday my university was running a Halloween fair for children in our community and I was volunteering with a club I’m a part of. I knew that I already had a great costume that my mum was making me for Halloween, but my brain would not let go of the idea of being Anna.
So I did what any reasonable person would do and went shopping. The vest part was simple enough. I found one at Goodwill for $3. Then I ran over to Jo-Anns to buy fabric for the skirt and embroidery floss. I decided I wasn’t going for perfect or accurate, just for something recognizable as Anna. The good news is that as far as costumes go, it was actually pretty easy to make.
The skirt was just a circle skirt. I cut four panels and connected them to a waistband. I decided not to do the floral designs along the bottom because this was just going to be a simple recreation (
and because there was lots of homework I should have been doing instead of sewing an Anna costume).
For the vest I stitched the bottom of the neckline to create a sweetheart neckline, and then stitched along the bottom to make it a little pointy. The embroidery wasn’t hard, but it was time consuming. If I were to do this again, I’d probably try a chain-stitch instead. Or opt out of embroidering entirely, and cut the design out of a non-fray fabric and sew it on. The easiest (although I’m not as big a fan of the versions I saw that did this) would be to use fabric paint. After all the embroidery, I stitched gold ribbon around the bottom hem and arms. The shirt was just a chambray shirt I had that I tucked in the collar of.
Hair was easy for me, as my hair is already red-blond and I have bangs. So I just braided my hair and was good to go.
While I was making the costume I felt a little silly. After all, I already had a wonderful costume for Halloween and I wasn’t doing a great job on this one. But I’m really glad I did decide to make it. So many kids were thrilled to meet “Anna” at the festival today. I got tons of hugs (and lots of kids playing with my braids. I do not know why, but they were obsessed). There were so many little Elsas running around! There was even a little Olaf! A few of the kids I talked to kept coming back to see “Anna” again. It was adorable, and I had so much fun!
I’ve always loved working with kids, but today made me a lot more confident in my plans to audition to work for Disneyworld after I graduate. I still want to make an actual Anna costume at some point, one that’s more accurate, but this worked perfectly for today.