10/23/2014 04:58 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

This Halloween, DIY An Elsa Costume For Less Than $30

This Halloween, everyone has "Frozen" fever. According to Google's data, three of the stars are in the top five most searched costumes. Olaf and Anna are popular, but it's Queen Elsa who sits at number one.

And it's no secret that given her popularity, you may encounter some serious trouble trying to find Elsa dresses, at the price you want to spend. You can always make one though. I decided to go the homemade route, with a little help from an expert. My 7-year-old daughter and I worked with Joey Casey at the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn to create a DIY Elsa costume for under $30.

Beyond the materials, all you need to make this one is time. Joey suggested putting aside at least four hours. Here's how to do it.

-Paint brushes
-45" wide poly charmeuse
-Pinking shears
-45" wide poly organza
-1 yard 3/4" wide elastic
-Fusible hem tape
-Measuring tape/ruler
-2 yards of 1" wide ribbon (velvet/satin/etc.)
-White acrylic paint
-Sewing pins
-Seam ripper
-Sewing machine
-2 large safety pins

Step-by-step instructions:

1. Paint snowflakes on organza, hang dry.

diy elsa

2. Divide the charmeuse in half and mark it. Cut!

diy elsa divide charmeuse

3. Roughly cut the edges of the organza "cape" with pinking shears for flow.

diy elsa cut organza

4. When organza is dry, use iron to make pleats until organza is narrower than charmeuse. Pin organza to charmeuse and sew with 1"seam allowance.


5. Press hem up 2" on both pieces of charmeuse, allow to cool. Place fusible tape in the fold (covering tape completely). Press without steam until tape is completely melted. Allow to cool.

diy elsa pin and sew

6. Pin and sew side seams with 1" seam allowance.

diy elsa pin and sew side

7. Measure 48" of ribbon for belt. Cut ends with a 45 degree angle to prevent fraying!

8. Fold down top of dress 1.5" and press all around.

diy elsa fold down

9. Pin and sew, leaving 3" opening to insert elastic.

diy elsa pin and sew

10. Measure chest at widest point. Subtract 10% of the measurement and cut elastic. (For example: A 25" chest would cut elastic at 22.5".)

11. Attach a safety pin at each end of elastic. Pin one end to the dress at the start of the tube. Feed loose end through the sewn channel. When finished, pull both ends of elastic and remove safety pins. Overlap elastic 2" and sew over the elastic a few times to make sure it's a strong seam.

diy elsa attach safety pin

12. Sew opening closed with machine.

diy elsa overlap

13. Finished. Now "Let It Go!"

diy elsa costume

All photos and video by Eva Hill.

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