Has Disney’s ‘Frozen’ and its’ sisters Anna & Elsa
invaded joined your life too? Our Kindy environment became filled with children wearing ‘Elsa Dresses’ – long, glittery, light blue, polyester and hot – with no regard to gender specificity, and of course my Little One wanted one too. He asked very nicely: “When You go to the shops, you-you get me a Elsa dress too?”
I wasn’t worried about the request itself – so many little friends are wearing the costume dresses – but I did think I could make a compromise to prevent heat stroke and (possibly) the Daddy having a stroke. I thought I would make a Cape!
I invested in half a meter of sparkly printed polyester, appropriately coloured (and Christmas-themed, He hasn’t noticed) and got to work devising the simplest pattern I could. Just like in medieval times when hand-woven cloth was too precious to cut into, I cut out straight pieces and created shape by tucking and pleating.
Stitching commenced at Grandma’s house as she owned the only extant Sewing Machine (I had a Sewing Machine death in the family – more on that another time) so while the children did art on the floor and Grandma chatted, I made Elsa-Cape-magic on the silky oak family table. And look at the happy results!
If you would like to make a similar Cape please see my How To . . . section.
My Capes are selling at Madeit.com. (Both links coming soon) 🙂