Yesterday I visited all the 2nd grade classrooms at the school where my aunt is a second grade teacher! It was absolutely MAGICAL!!!
I went to 3 different classrooms (1 ½ classes in the first two and two classes in the last room) and did the same basic thing for all of them!
Let me preface the story with the fact that, particularly at this school every single kid sings Let it Go and knows Frozen and Elsa and everything to a T!!! Some of the teachers sing it with them at the end of the day for fun and at one point this group of first graders was walking by (they didn’t see me because i was up high and they were all walking in a line) spontaneously all singing “Let it go”- Basically Frozen is a big deal! Anyway…
My other aunt was with me as my helper so she went into the classroom and had the teacher set up the “Let it Go” video on youtube. The kids were majorly into it and singing along and everything- then when Elsa transforms into her ice dress, my aunt opened the door of the classroom and I came in! It was the cutest thing ever!!! The girls were all squealing and gasping and it was soooooo sweet!!! I talked to them a little bit and then read them The Snow Queen and Frozen (both of which were pretty short!) After the books, i answered some questions from the kids and then individually took photos with them, promising to print them out and autograph them to be returned to them the next day! Every single kid was so sweet and kind!
One of the cutest moments was when I was walking from one of the classrooms to another and it was recess time right outside the door!! One of the kids saw me and was like “who is that…?” and all of a sudden the kids started running towards me!!! There’s a photo above where you can see the group of kids get progressively bigger!!! The teacher was trying to hold them back, but i felt really bad that i wasn’t able to go to all the classes and do photos etc. so i wanted to do something quick and fun with them! They were all shouting questions at me so i began singing “Let it go” (bear in mind- i am not a singer…) they all joined in and it was soooooo cute!!! (i’ll post the 5 second video we got of it in a minute!)
For my aunt’s class, we decided to get a group photo so all the kids wanted to help me hold the cape! It was too precious!!!
It was an absolutely amazing experience and I would do it again in a second!!! I wish that i could have done more classes!!!
My next real appearance as Elsa will be Philly Comic Con on the 20th i think… I may also visit one of my coworkers cousins on her birthday party for a bit this weekend but we’ll see how that goes…
(BTW- my costume was not entirely finished here. I still need to glitter the undershirt, do the shoes, finish the bodice, and finish the hem of the train)
5m blue organza fabric, a lot of glitter (40ml in diamont colour) and fabric glue (I took one
to spray but I don’t recommend that because it never really dried and
my train is now full of dirt and blurred glitter. It is not as bad as
made any pattern for my train but it worked out :D.
my train has 5 pieces, after cutting them out I sealed each one with
a zig zag stitch with small width so the seam is not that visible.
You have to be very careful with the fabric, mine unravelled fast.
For the middle piece I took my folded fabric and pinned it to the
middle of my puppets back. Then I just cut it out as I thought it
would look good and like Elsas train, I unfolded the fabric and
pinned it again to the puppets back. For the next two pieces I took the
folded fabric (so I have the same piece for each side), pinned the
upper edge to one side of the puppets back and the side of the fabric to the side of the middle piece
so they have the same length. Then I just cut it out and sewed the
two new pieces to each side of the middle one with a zig zag stitch.
After that I did the same thing with the last two pieces.
second picture you can see my finished train.
I made a
lot different fold snowflakes (while I was watching Dr Who). There are many patterns at google
pictures how to cut out the folded paper. The easier ones I made up.
Look out that the paper you use is not too thick because it gets hard
to cut through all the layers.
can’t use those snowflakes for the lower part of the train. You have
to use them as stencils to cut the snowflakes out of paper as you can
see in the next picture.
sprayed the glue to the fabric and then put the stencil on it. Next I
poured glitter over it and pulled of the stencil. With that glue it
was easy to get the stencil off but I would try that on a different
piece of fabric first.
is my lower part of my train.
started the upper part with the other stencils I ran out of glue and
the convention was close, so I didn’t made it to buy a second can.
will post some pictures when I finished it and some of the pattern I
made for the rest of the upper part. And I hope I can find
a solution for my ‘the glue does not dry’ problem.
What are your thoughts on the newly-released photo of the costumes for Frozen? ew(.)com/theater/2017/08/17/frozen-musical-first-look/
At first glance it’s the spitting image of the animated movie. Iconic, grand, playful, awesome, and garments that will be copied to death.
Looking closer they have departed quite a bit from the very Norwegian and Scandinavian influence of the animated clothes. They’ve become more generic 19th century ball wear. And that kinda made me sad. Cause I liked the many hints of the Norwegian tour the Disney team did and research appearing in all kinds of details in the movie.
Take Anna’s green coronation dress. It has the bodice and silhouette of any 19th century ballgown. And yet the flowers on bodice front is typical for embroidery on Norwegian folk costumes, and the exact colours/details seems to be inspired by the “Nordlandsbunad” (left), a folk costume from the very north of Norway:
Fans of “Frozen” will immediately recognize the movie dress on Broadway. But looking closer, the bodice is much changed, to become a pointed and corseted 1860s ballgown bodice, with ditto fluffy sleeves, and with more modern looking embroidery down the front. Gone is the folkloric look. You can recognize the folk costume in the movie dress, and you can recognize the movie dress in the Broadway costume - but you can’t really recognize the folk costume in the Broadway dress - if that makes sense.
Same with the main costume worn by Hans. The original inspiration appears to be the folk costume called “Gråtrøye” from Eastern Telemark (left):
The short cut of the jacket, the big lapels, the colours, the ornamental embroidery and the silk scarf in the neck are typical features. In the animated movie they had paired the jacket with long uniform pants and tall boots instead of wool breeches and and buckle shoes, but the overall look is recognizable. For Broadway all folk costume hints are gone; now he wears a gala uniform attire of sorts, in a style reminding of the early 19th century.
So speaking as a Norwegian, I’m sad to see the much-researched Scandinavian details gone from the Broadway production. They added a unique flair, and added a cool folkloric touch. Buuuuut that said, I love that they’ve kept that distinctive “Frozen” look still, and that fans of the movie will get exactly what they fell in love with in the first place. So yeah, I like what I see, but with the potential of loving it even more if they had kept certain details.
To start off we would like to notate that the design and colors we chose for this outfit are based off of the concept art and what we thought would look nice together.
The bodice is made from the same pattern as Elsa’s Snow Queen bodice. It is fully lined and steel boned and has a zipper down the side and not the back. Putting the zipper in the side allowed for us to place the design on the back without any problems. The top and bottom edging is hand cut bias tape from a green dupioni silk. We felt that the silk edging the velvet would give a beautiful contrast of materials. The sleeves are a pleated teal silk that is edged in a simple white lace. The bodice design was cut like the skirting designs with heat n’ bond and then fixed into position. On top of the detailing we placed multiple sizes of Swarovski crystals to give a little extra.