Queen Elsa of Arendelle Ice Dress Construction Notes

(by Yuuri-K)

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IMG_4162Jack Frost x Elsa I


The wig was bought years ago so I have no idea what seller it came from at ebay, but I think it might be this base wig or this. It started as a curly wig and I straighten it with minimal heat setting. After straightening it became poofy, somewhat enough to style Elsa’s massive hair. I used tacky glue and got2be hairspray to style the wig. I added extra hair strands in front of wig with tacky glue. I recommend looking at malindachan’s tutorial for the hairline. I added a bit of glitter with modpodge on the wig and sewed on snowflakes made out of super sculpey. Snowflakes were painted with a mixture of teal, white, blue, and pink paint. Then glitter and small square rhinestones were added. When I wear my wig I add spirit gum to the hairline so it won’t move back.



For the dress I modified simiplicity 2400 pattern B. I cut up seven pieces for the dress pattern (ended up with 8 though, I messed up. I’m not perfect ;-;). I made it a full dress and attached a spandex top to help hold velcro for the cape. The overdress fabric is a Blue Radiance Casa Satin with a Crinkle Chiffon Metallic Stripe Turquoise overlay and lined with royal posh lining. The chiffon was a little annoying to work with. There’s a zipper on the back of the dress.

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☆Off shoulder long sleeve blouse v2
I drafted my own pattern for this blouse. I bought aqua stretch mesh fabric at ebay . I can easily get in the blouse with no zipper and best of all its comfortable! I drew the designs on a cut out plastic bag and then flipped it over. I placed my cut out fabrics on top and traced the designs with Mod Podge. I sprinkled on Fairy Sparkles fine glitter on top of the designs. Once it dried I shake off the excess glitter. I then sewed the blouse and added a clear stretchy thread finger loop at the end of the sleeves. For the gradient effect I brushed on a mixture of water, textile medium and blue acrylic paint.


Off shoulder long sleeve blouse v1

For the sleeves I drafted my own pattern. I used matte tulle clearwater and lined it with the same fabric. For the gradient effect I brushed on a mixture of water, textile medium and blue acrylic paint. For the snowflake design I drew the designs on cardboard added plastic on top and then painted on the designs with a mixture of glitter and mod podge to the tulle. I added a clear stretchy thread finger loop at the end of the sleeves. There’s a zipper on the back of the off shoulder long sleeve blouse. *New* I added a few Darice premium acrylic rhinestones and glued them on with Aleene’s Jewel-It. I also added more Fairy Sparkles fine glitter on top of the designs.



I had many ideas for the bodice, but I went with a super tedious way. For the bodice I drafted my own pattern and used a sheer light blue organza as a base. I covered the dress form with plastic wrap, pinned the bodice to the dress form, and glued on craft foam of varying sizes with rounded corners to the organza. It took forever to cut the foam pieces, I got plenty of help from my bf and kid sis 🙂 The foam pieces were painted with mod podge, different blue hues of acrylic paint, and vanish+glitter. Using a tweezer I set the individual rhinestones down on the organza and strips of rhinestones to the foam pieces and added Aleene’s Jewel-It on the backing. I added 7×21 rectangle faceted crystal glass rhinestones (bought at ebay) with Aleene’s Jewel-It as well. The bodice is connected to one side of the dress with a top stitch and the other side with snap-ons. During the convention the heaviness of the cape pulled my bodice down, so I added a small piece of Velcro connected to the bodice and blouse. *New* I painted a new layer of paint and gave the bodice a gradient look. It goes from heavy to very light coats of paint. I used FolkArt metallic Ice Blue acrylic paint.

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☆Cape v2
Cape is made of six pieces of casa mirror organza blue. I love this fabric, it drapes nicely. When the cape is sewn I trimmed the cape to the shape I want. I drew the snowflake designs on plastic and flipped the plastic over (I traced printed small snowflakes to help me out). I placed the sewn cape over the plastic and traced the designs with Mod Podge. I then sprinkled glitter on top of the Mod Podge. I used many different glitters and glitter flakes bought from Jo-Ann and Michaels. Colors I used were silver, white, and a hint of blue. When it dried I shake off the excess glitter. Lastly, I sprayed Mod Podge over the glitter so it helps it somewhat stay in place.  I sewed a bias tape on the top edge of the cape and sewed on Velcro. The inside of the bodice has a Velcro piece as well to connect with the cape. This is the reference that helped me: cape ref

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Cape v1

I’m not completely satisfied with my cape, but I’m glad with the effort I put into it. Cape is made of six pieces of blue tulle. I used a mixture of acrylic light blue paint, textile medium, mod podge, and glitter to paint on the snowflake. When I painted the snowflake I used cut out trash bag that I put under the fabric and a printed out snowflake under the trash bag. I printed out these snowflakes and used this to help figure out where to place the snowflakes. When the paint dries I peel off the trash bag. I added more glitter by using Elmer’s glue and set down glitter flakes individually. Note, a lot of glitter will get on the floor and will start appearing all over the house. I used three different glitters: crystal glitter, crystal glitter flakes, and tulip fashion glitter crystal from Jo-Ann. I added a few round rhinestones for extra embellishment. After I was done with the cape I lined it with shiny blue tulle. The cape is attached via velcro to the top of the dress. Some references I used: cape1, cape2

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High heels

The clear high heels (brand Funtasma) were bought off of ebay. I wish the heels were an inch higher, but better that my feet won’t hurt. I made a paper pattern first and traced it onto the clear Lucite with sharpie (I took off the butterfly). I cut out the snowflake pattern with small and big sharp scissors. With a mixture of teal acrylic paint and textile medium I drew the designs and painted the sides of the cut out high heels and added a little pearl nail polish to the edges. After that I added a thin layer of textile medium on top of the high heels and sprinkled glitter (tulip fashion glitter crystal). I sewed on clear elastic to go around my ankle so my shoes won’t slip off when I walk. Some references I used: shoes1, shoes2


Eye contacts and makeup

I got QT Super Angel Blue contacts from kiwiberry1-collection. It’s not the brightest (only in good lighting) and I would go for better contacts, but what I have works for now. A lot of people ask me about my makeup and I honestly won’t do a good job in making a makeup tutorial. Though, my favorite brands are Ben Nye and e.l.f.

62 thoughts on “Queen Elsa of Arendelle Ice Dress Construction Notes

    1. Are you asking if I found the bodice? I made the bodice and added the foam pieces. My bodice went through harsh treatment and so far it has survived 😀 -Yuuri-K

      1. You’re welcome~ I forgot to mention I had to add velcro on the bodice to the blouse. The cape pulled the bodice a little down.

  1. Amazing! I was wondering if you put body paint on your entire upper body because you looked super pale in photos? o: I dunno, it just looked really good.

  2. Can you link where on Ebay you bought your transparent shoes? I found transparent shoes when I searched some weeks ago but can’t find them now. 😦 They looked just like the one you have.

      1. Many of my materials for the shoes came from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. You don’t really need to add white nail polish. I only used the nail polish for embellishment.

  3. You are. Gorgeous! The most elsa looking cosplayer I’ve seen! How did you attach the foam to your dress? Hot glue?

  4. Hi!! Amazing Elsa costume, it looks so good 🙂 Could you please link where you found the different fabrics to the dress? That would be a great help:-)

    1. I can’t link you all the fabrics, but in my contsruction notes I wrotes down what I used. I bought these fabrics at fabric.com and joann.com

  5. Hi, you made an amazing cosplay! I was wondering how many yards of fabric you bought for your cape because I love the length of it, and it is similar to the style I want to do with the six pieces!

  6. This is so beautiful! It is definately the most accurate Elsa cosplay I’ve seen. I love how you did the bodice of the dress, it looks just like Elsa’s in the movie! Most cosplay dresses are just jewels or glitter, and it really bothers me because that’s not how Elsa’s is. I’ve been desperate to find someone who actually did it right, and your the only person who has. I’m obsessed with your cosplay of Elsa, it’s just so amazing!

  7. What brand of paint did you use for the bodice? and your cosplay is seriously the best elsa cosplay ive seen!

  8. What medium did you use to fray check the cape edges. It looks like you painted edges …not serged?

  9. On your make up is it Ben nye creme foundation geisha? Been trying to find some good make that will make me look a little paler
    And by the way you two are soooo prefect

  10. Good Evening….I would like to know if I could have your permission to use the picture of your Elsa cape on my Boutique page on Etsy? The name of my shoppe is BoutiqueTresors. If you give me your permission how would you like me to mention your name in my description? If you don’t give me permission, Thank You for letting me get in contact with you. Kindest Regards, Kim R Nicolas

  11. How completely fabulous!! I adore your interpretation of Elsa’s cape. I’ve been looking for ideas for my wedding veil, and you are totally inspiring me to make something with a bit of structure to it, like that petal effect you have. Thank you!

  12. Hi! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this costume. The cape especially is accurate and gorgeous. I’m currently revamping mine, and it looks like you pleated the cape. Did you simply sew the pieces together and they naturally fell like that, or are there pleats between each piece? Thank you!

    1. I simply sewed it together. It sometimes naturally look nice on the gound, but most of the time I needed a helper to make it look nice.

  13. I’m just curious because i’ve never painted fabric before. The stencils you printed did you cut them out or just paint over the paper. I see the trash bag under it but cant tell. Also would it be easy to add the glitter when yhe paint is still drying?

    1. I painted over the trash bag with the printed paper underneath. So in order from top to bottom: fabric, trashbag, and printed paper. Ya, I think adding the glitter when the paint is drying is better 🙂
      There are many other ways you can do this, but this was the easy way for me.

  14. This is the best Elsa cosplay I have ever seen! I have a question about the blouse… How does it all fit together? I can’t work out how the sleeves attach :/

  15. Hey!

    Can you do a little sketch of the pattern of the dress like the Anna’s hat? Please I can`t see anything in the picture D;
    I love your Frozen cosplay! I think you are the best Anna and Elsa (///W///)^

    Thank you so much, I hope be like you some day!

  16. I’m making the same shoes and oh god it’s been three hours and I have only cut the behind of one shoe >.<
    Your cosplay is amazing and it inspires me ! Love it so much !

  17. Hello!

    I was wondering what kind of mod podge you used for the cape. I never worked with mod podge before but I’d love to make the same effect to my cape. (who doesn’t love a lot of glitter!) haha. I found matte and glossy mod podge, so I’m wondering which one!

  18. Hi there! Beautiful job, I’m rather jealous of your skills and your commitment :3

    I was curious about the amount of allowance you allowed for in the sleeves of your sheer top. I’m imagining the fabric is similar to what I have purchased,meaning no stretch, and what sort of room I should give myself to allow for movement but not to take away from the fitted look. Thank you<3

    1. Hey, thanks 🙂 My first one had no stretch so I needed help getting it on. The second version I made I used a stretch material and it was more easy to get into.

  19. Love the Elsa costume! You made a great job! I especially love the bodice 💖
    I made an Elsa costume for my eldest girl and a Cinderella costume for my youngest. I crocheted the tops and made the skirts from tulle. I would love for you to check them out on my blog 😊.

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