I did finish Eva's Elsa costume several days before Halloween. Unfortunately, I never did get "good" pictures of her in her dress. I did, however, get a few cellphone pictures of her trick-or-treating at my office on Halloween:
|Eva as Elsa|
Pattern drafting notesI found the pattern to be well-drafted in that everything lined up as expected, and I didn't encounter any weird fit issues.
- Cape: Glitter/snowflake organza from HelenEnoxFabrics on Etsy
- Bodice: Sequined fabric from JoAnn's.
- Skirt underlayer: Costume satin from JoAnn's. I also lined the bodice with this same fabric.
- Skirt overlayer: Iridescent organza from JoAnn's.
Pattern sizing and alterationsHeight-wise, my daughter is on the cusp of size 2T/3 on the Big 4 size charts. I sewed a size 3 in this dress, knowing that it would be slightly big, but figuring that she'd be able to wear it to play dress-up for at least a few months after Halloween. Outside of the skirt/cape running very long, the dress fits true-to-size.
In the reviews of the equivalent McCall's pattern, I've seen people mentioning that there is a (fairly typical with the Big 4) large amount of excess ease. I did not find that to be the case with this pattern.
I also tapered the cape so that it didn't drag on the floor in front, but was left long in back, just like the "real" dress.
Pattern instructionsI complain about the instructions for Big 4 patterns a lot, but these were actually quite good and suggest appropriate construction methods for the garment. For example, the instructions actually have you use French seams for Elsa's cape, which is intended to be made from a sheer fabric. I think that this is the first time that I've ever seen French seams mentioned in Big 4 pattern instructions, regardless of the recommended fabrics. The order of construction is logical, as well.
Another complaint that a lot of us have about Simplicity patterns is that the instructions jump around a lot when a pattern has more than one view. That's not the case with this pattern--the instructions for Elsa's dress and Anna's dress are kept completely separate.