Ice Queen Elsa’s Bodice… Go!
So Elsa’s bodice was a long process since we actually made it multiple times. The first time we made it we covered it in pieces of thick material and glue and painted. This gave an amazing texture to the bodice, but it did not give the desired shimmer we wanted so within a few hours we remade it and ended up with this.
We started off with a slightly altered version of Simplicity’s pattern 5006 and cut out both a top layer, shimmer overlay, and a cotton lining. All of the seams in the lining were then covered in bias tape to give the channels for the steal boning. Once sewn together and flipped we had a very pretty shimmery bodice that was grommeted and laced up the back. This bodice was not meant to actually pull in any of the shape like a corset but just sit on the body snuggly.
And now the fun part. We tested out about 10 different pieces of material, but ended up using only 4 of them. These materials were then heat n’ bonded and cut into strips of different widths and then different lengths to get all of her ice pieces. Next we placed the pieces on the bodice section by section and color by color, building up the layers. In between each placement we took the iron and bonded them into place. This took several hours and a lot of patiences since some of the pieces didn’t get enough heat and would pop off. We took the finished bodice and did a final heat set of them at the end.
Once all of the pieces of material were set we added the bling which included almost 200 swarovski crystals and large 10 swarovski gems.