Elsa Ice Stencil Tutorial

Elsa Ice Stencil Tutorial

I’m pleased to bring you today an Elsa ICE DRESS tutorial from Marci, of Made by Marci! She was one of my AMAZING Elsa pattern testers! I was so impressed by her seamstress skills and train stenciling, that I asked her to share with everyone just how she did it! 
 Marci guide’s you step by step  how to add perfect, glittered snowflakes to your organza dress train! She used her Silhouette Cameo machine to cut out the snowflake, but if you do not have one, you can easily use your x-acto knife to cut out the snowflake. 
Let me introduce you to her!!!…. 
Marci is a mother of two beautiful girls, ages 2 and 4. She works hard at her day job, but enjoys sewing for her girls and doing machine embroidery on the side. She opened her Etsy shop, Made by Marci, in 2011 and is now an authorized seller of Joy2Sew Patterns.
And now she’s working on an Anna Coronation dress of her own design…It’s stunning!!!
Now that you’ve met her, on to the stenciling….
I first cut a snowflake design (I used Joy’s Elsa snowflake) on Contact paper using my Silhouette Cameo. I removed the inner parts of the snowflake, leaving the negative of it on the contact paper.
I then gathered my supplies: Aluminum foil, dimensional glitter fabric paint, extra fine glitter, some Contact paper to transfer the snowflake stencil and toothpicks (not pictured).
 I started with a large snowflake in the middle of the cape. I folded the cape in half 
and put pins in to mark my center.
 I then peeled the back off of some scrap Contact paper and put it over top of the snowflake to transfer all of the detail. If you look closely, you can see the outline of the 
snowflake underneath.
 I then VERY CAREFULLY pulled the backing of the Contact paper off of the snowflake, making sure all small cut out pieces stuck to the Contact paper and not the backing.
I then flipped it over and lined it up with my pins and pushed it down onto my cape fabric.
 Now for the (not so) fun part. It is helpful to have a point tool such as the one pictured. The Contact paper of the snowflake sticks very well to the transfer Contact paper but not so well to organza. VERY CAREFULLY pull back the transfer Contact paper, using the point tool to make sure all pieces pull off and to help pull down while you pull it back.
WARNING: This part is a HUGE pain in the behind!
 When done, you will be left with this:
 On some foil, squirt a bunch of the dimensional glitter paint. I felt like the glitter paint alone didn’t have enough glitter so I added some extra fine glitter and mixed it with a toothpick. You can also sprinkle extra glitter on at the end, but I did it this way to avoid 
having it fall off all over my house.
 Make sure you have foil under the area you are going to paint with the glitter. It will go through the organza and WILL STICK. I used foil so that it would be easier to peel off. With the toothpick, evenly spread the glitter paint over the snowflake. You want it to be a thin layer, but thick enough that there is enough coverage of the glitter.
 When you are done, you will have this pretty little thing:

 At this point you can go back and fill in any areas that look to need more. If you are happy with the coverage, then let it sit to dry. You can always add more later if you need to. I let mine dry overnight. It was still a little tacky in the morning, but was dry enough to remove the stencil. VERY CAREFULLY pull the stencil off. If you have the glitter paint a bit thick in some areas it will want to pull off of the organza too, so make sure to pull slowly and have an x-acto knife handy in case you need to cut anywhere. Also pull the foil off of the back.
And VOILA! You have a beautiful glitter snowflake!
Thank you for sharing your tutorial with us, Marci!
Please stop by and visit her in her shop, Made by Marci!
And download the Elsa Ice Dress pattern HERE! 
Vest Pattern

Vest Pattern

In the spring of 2019, I was lead costumer for a local high school. They are putting on the production of Once On This Island. Though the majority of the cast is wearing Island type, Haitian clothing, there is a fancy ballroom scene near the end which requires gowns for the females and vests and bow tied for the guys. I have scoured thrift stores and local community theatres for the right sizes and looks, and sometimes I still come up short. Several students need costumes in larger sizes, which have been remarkably difficult to find. When I can’t find the right item, either be color or size, I know to just sew it from scratch. 

Knowing how to copy clothing styles and create your own pattern definitely comes in handy for these types of occasions. Not only do you not have to rely on having the right pattern in the specific size, but you also save money by just creating a pattern from scratch. Here’s how I created a simple, custom vest for a cast member, completing his look to match the rest of the cast.

I take chest, waist, and hip measurements up front and document them in a notebook for reference.I did manage to thrift a white Oxford shirt that fit him, so I used that as my fit reference. The burgundy vest that I borrowed became my reference point for style and design. I lay out a series of computer paper over one half of the shirt sides, and tape them together. I’ve also used Pellon tracing cloth when I have it on hand, which is easier. I notice the cut of the vest and draw with a pencil on my paper where I want that lower “V” to fall. Then I draw how wide I want the shoulder to be, and mark how far below the arm scythe that I want the side seam to fall. I leave a little extra room at the center front so that the vest can overlap by an inch and close with buttons. I also draw it ½” larger on all sides, so that I can account for a seam allowance.

Once I have my proposed design traced onto one half of the shirt, I cut it out. I check proportions and make sure I like the overall design. I use that half template as my pattern to cut out two vest fronts out of a bottomweight material. Normally, and if I wanted this vest to look even more professional, I would also create facings on the inside of the vest. As the quicker version, I serged all the edges and turned them to the inside, and topstitched to hold them down. Most of the time, no stitching is shown on the outside of a vest, so creating a facing would be more appropriate. 

After I had my front vest cut out, I flipped the white Oxford shirt to the backside, and traced half of the back. Since this piece will be cut on the centerfold, I make sure my pattern line runs directly down the center. Then I overlay my front vest pattern and mark where the shoulders and side seams will be joining into the back piece. After I complete my back piece, I cut one out of satin, on the fold.

I attached the vest fronts to the vest back at the shoulders, right sides together, then serged the arm scythe’s and al, the way around the vest edge. I ironed the serged seam towards the inside of the vest by ½”, and topstitched all the way around. I then made four fabric covered buttons with Dritz button cover kit, created buttonholes (I love how my Brother 1850 does them in one step! I never mess it up!), and that completed the vest! 

Check out my other musical costume creations in my gallery.

Play Kitchen Oven Mitt

Play Kitchen Oven Mitt

I always thought I’d have daughters. I grew up with my two sisters and so I guess that’s what I expected I’d get. When God blesses me with two boys, I was kind of scared, as it was completely uncharted territory for me!
When my sons were little, I wanted to get them started on the idea of home economics. I thought since I enjoyed that as a little girl, they possibly would too. My husband and I got them the little IKEA kitchenette, and gave it a few upgrades.

I sewed a small apron and oven mitts for them to give them more dress up play opportunities. From the minute my sons donned the apron and oven mitts, they were in pretend baking heaven! They both loved that they could be “just like Mommy”, and act out the same things they saw me doing in the kitchen.

To me, these are quick and simple oven mitts, that can be made quickly, and from scraps you already have, or maybe up cycled from clothing you no longer want. Create memories and visual play with these great designs for the little one in your life!

Download your free Play Kitchen Oven Mitt and Instructions.

Halloween Costumes

Halloween Costumes

Halloween used to be the holiday Icompletely ignored growing up, and now that I have kids and am a costume designer, it has become my favorite one, next to Christmas. I love the excitement and joy that making custom looks gives my boys and my niece and nephews. As they are getting older now, I know these years are short, and I cherish each handmade memory that I can create for them.


We came off this year already with a few Aladdin costumes, and spare costume pieces throughout the year such as a few skirts, a hoop skirt, a corset, and of course the normal pirate garb. Though some years, I’ve instructed them to grab something from their closet to wear, I prefer to take special requests and am challenged if they come up with something interesting, like Nathan’s blue jay costume from last year. My boys, along with their cousin, requested to be the Lego Ninjago characters of Lloyd and Zane. My niece chose to wear her Princess Jasmine costume, and nephew, a glowing stick man. Love.it.all! 


For the ninjas they decided to skip the actual “lego yellow man” look, and just look like themselves in the lego character’s costume. So, I purchased a green tablecloth for James’ green ninja look, and gold & silver glitterbug fabric from JoAnns for Lloyd and Zane. I made their gi patterns myself, and spray painted some inexpensive ninja swords from Walmart. The looks came together pretty easily and all three in 3 days. They weren’t exactly complete looks by day 3, but the kids were all elated and enjoyed them fully just as they were. A thankful Halloween for sure!


My husband and I worked with what we already had in our closets and sent as Rey from Star Wars and a Jedi.  

My sweet niece and I.  We were freezing!

Dog or Cat Hat Pattern for Kids

Dog or Cat Hat Pattern for Kids

My kids have always done things, especially their play, outside the norm. We’d buy them the latest robotic stem gadget off Amazon, and though their interest would be peaked for a few hours, they’d quickly head back to the cardboard box and markers. Somehow, they’ve always found a way to repurpose items meant for other things. If you also have a creative child or grandchild, you must know exactly what I mean.

It came upon many occasions where I would suddenly see my boys acting as animals in their play times. James always seemed to be the cat, and Nathan the dog. They’d just play happily as themselves for hours on end, and once in awhile be biting down on the dog bone softies I had made Nathan when he was 2 years old. Out of their creative play, came a need for these role play hats. And now they are available to you as well with dog bone included!

The hats can be made from cotton, fleece, flannel or even fur. Such a quick sew, and delightful item to be used over and over for years to come. Best fit for 2-5 year olds. 

Download the pattern from Etsy!

Frozen Fever

Frozen Fever

Before the very first frozen came out, I was working on designing Anna’s outfit, from the few internet pics and clips Disney released. I’d pause it, zoom into pictures, try to find every angle of their costumes….every revealed detail, and put it into my design. After all, a critical trait of a great costume is the quality of the design and look alike characteristics of the characters. 


A few years after the Frozen scene was still on fire, and young little girls were looking for more, Disney released a short sequel to Frozen, called Frozen Fever. A cute short story of a surprise birthday party, and Elsa sneezing out baby snowmen. I was intrigued by the different costumes they gave them, even more elaborate than the first. 

I bought new strange fabric to pull off Elsa’s new leafed bodice and glittered train. Anna’s outfit came alive, bursting with sunflowers and intricate, embroidered design.

I recreated the majority of Anna’s new look, using the same Anna complete pattern I had made, except shortening the sleeve, converting the vest to a square neckline instead of princess cut, and adding a green vest, trimmed in turquoise bias tape. 

Elsa’s look also involved using my original Elsa Ice design, but shortening the sleeves, and appliquéing by hand over 100 shiffon leaves to the outer bodice. 

Both looks turned out to my satisfaction, and were spot on with the movie. A bit lengthy to stencil, but a pleasure to use a cutting device for Anna’s vest and skirt details. Now who is anxiously awaiting for Frozen 2 to come out in November?! That’s right! You and me! And they spared no design detail on Elsa’s new ballerina cloak! I’m excited to make it!