Elsa the Snow Queen

I finished the coronation dress for Queen Elsa of Arendelle in February, but before I could finish my costume for Elsa the Snow Queen, I had to heal enough from my recent eye surgery, finish my taxes, and make significant progress on my grandmother’s biography project for her 100th birthday this November. This time I made updates along the way as I made progress on each portion of Elsa’s magical ice ensemble, so you can read each update here:

Elsa the Snow QueenElsa’s Ice Dress
15 hours of cutting & gluing a THOUSAND ice “shingles” to the bodice, but what a beautiful effect!

Elsa’s Ice Shoes & Snowflake Accessories
more sparkly fun…I just love these shoes and they are actually comfortable!

Elsa’s Sparkling Snowflake Cape
Pale blue translucent iridescent fabric, custom iridescent snowflake appliqués cut with my new cutting machine, glitter paint, and even lights! 😀

Elsa’s Final Details
Total itemized costs to make the entire ice ensemble, makeup, hair, and other final touches to get everything picture perfect!

Everything was ready to attend San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre’s Frozen Singalong in April, so we took some photos there as the costume debut.

Queen Elsa at the Castro Theatre Frozen Singalong

In June, 24 of us including three junior Elsas had an icy blast with Elsa and Olaf enjoying Do You Wanna Build a Snow Cone? Frozen Fractals, and Love is an Open S’more at my Cinema Brittahytta Frozen Sing Along!

Queen Elsa at the Cinema Brittahytta Frozen Sing Along

At the end of the summer, I went with Jerry and his fancy new low-light camera lens for a quick evening photoshoot in the park by my house with “ice” pond, trees and grassy knolls, and ended up with even more kids wanting photos! You can finally see the fiber optic fabric in the cape in this gallery.

Elsa the Snow Queen Revisited

Of course I couldn’t resist singing Let It Go in both dresses, so I’ve put together a video! 🙂

Queen Elsa of ArendelleThe reverse side of this dress is the coronation outfit for Queen Elsa of Arendelle, using the same wig but styled differently:

Queen Elsa of Arendelle at the Fjords

Making Queen Elsa of Arendelle

I had a little too much fun editing myself into movie stills and poster images as you can see below, but they also serve as costume comparisons to the original. I hope you enjoy looking at these costumes as much I enjoyed my time making and wearing them!

Elsa Poster Version My Poster Version

Elsa In Motion Original Elsa in Motion

Elsa Ice Shoes Comparison

Light Of Day

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4 Responses to Elsa the Snow Queen

  1. Ivy Kline says:

    Last year I started to make my daughter’s cosplay from scratch, Sophie Hatter. I have the greatest respect for the work and creativity people have to make complicated costumes. I wish had it, I can sew but just don’t have that extra something to think of those workarounds.

    This year I decided to make Elsa and Anna for my girls (16 and 14) for Nekocon. I have spent hours and hours trying to find the perfect way to create the sequined bodice on Elsa’s dress. I about cried when I found your site. I have considered hand sewing, tried cutting aqua and clear thin plastic sheeting, settling for pre-made sequined fabric but none satisfied my desire to make a costume that reflects the beauty of the actual character… AND then I found YOU!!!! Your idea to make the sequins is just perfect. I have no idea how you can be so creative and think SO outside of the box. BIG HUGS! I am going out TODAY, Mother’s Day and getting the supplies to sequin my daughters Snow Queen dress. Please continue to document the stages of your creativity, it is inspiring to me.

    Many Thanks,

  2. Dyan Witt says:

    LOVE this tutorial! Where did you get the perfect wig from??

    • britta says:

      Thank you! Ah, the wig details are only inside the coronation dress making of details. I bought this wig from Amazon in January but it looks like it’s unavailable now…sorry! It is absolutely perfect for Elsa, it’s adjustable fit and comfortable to wear, and the hair is very good quality, brushable and styleable for only about $20. Maybe it’s just sold out because of so many Elsas lately and it’ll come back eventually? Or maybe the Amazon suggestions below it will have something similar enough?


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