Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 4 months you may have escaped the “Frozen” phenomenon – lucky you and welcome to my reality! I took Charlie and Megan to see it in the Christmas Holidays and from that moment we were hooked! Whilst in Disney Land Paris at February Half Term - Megan spent both days screaming at the Frozen float “Elsa I love you so much” that she soon became horse and nearly fainted when said Elsa waved at her. All the children had some money they'd been saving from Christmas. Olive bought a Mickey Mouse Teddy, Moo some Pirates of the Caribbean role play stuff and Megan was beside herself unable to make a decision whether to buy an Elsa Doll or Frozen Character set of the 4 main people. The first world problems of a 5 year old! Eventually she decided on the set. If she had her own way she would have gone for the Elsa “snow queen” dress but at 61euros (£51) I drew the line! I mean its a DRESS! Promising that I'd get her one back in England, banking on a £12.50 ASDA special.
However I was unprepared for the fact that EVERYWHERE on the planet had sold out of Elsa dresses!! NOOOOOOOO!! What to do! I googled and searched on Pinterest. I read A LOT of blogs detailing how some canny mums had made dresses. Now my dilemma was – I didn't want to spend lots of money on fabric and I didn't want to sew.
Daddy Moo and I had made Olive a tutu months ago using elastic and netting so when I saw on a tutu tutorial using a stretchy crochet band my mind started racing.
I bought :-
one teal stretchy crochet band (couple £ on eBay)
one metre of teal netting
half a metre of pale lilac and half a metre of aqua netting
a long sleeved stretchy t-shirt (£3.99 from H&M not the cheapest about but I liked the puff in the shoulders)
I basically followed the tutorial of looping the netting around the stretchy band. On the back I also looped a thicker piece of the lilac netting as a makeshift cape. The make shift dress was popped over the long sleeved t-shirt and Megan has some teal trousers from her Jasmine costume which set our dress off perfectly!
Megan insisted in an outside and inside photo shoot and who was I to argue!
All in all I spent less than £10 and it took about an hour to put together. I now have one very happy Megan and one Olive asking for a Olaf costume!