Boba - Macedonia
Snow Queen for Carnival
This costume started as a simple sleeveless white dress. By adding
a number of details in different fabrics and decorative techniques it ended
up looking quite nice. I lot of people really liked it. This
costume is just to show that you don’t have to be experienced seamstress.
With imagination and love, you can make something that will be noticed.
I made this for my daughter , Viktorija, for Carnival.
lengthened the dress of silver satin. I cut the bottom hem of the dress in
big zigzags for an icicle look. I added under-sleeves in white satin
and sleeves of sheer white crystal-organza. I used the same fabric in the
cape. The sleeves were fastened with fabric hoops to her fingers (the same
goes for the cape to), so they wouldn’t roll back when she dances.
The cape is our basic LOTR cape pattern without hood. The cape is edged
with a boa of white feathers mixed with silver tinsel. (It was the most
convenient. I found it in a carnival costume shop in Greece, so I assume
that any thrift shop and all Halloween costume shops have it in stock. It
In my creation of the collar, I looked at Cat's Snow Queen for
inspiration. With help of a compass and ruler I drew a basic shape on the
construction paper. Then I divided it in seven sections, one central and
three on each side of the collar (again with the help of compasses). I drew
the details of the central section first and than I copied it to other
I cut out the pattern and then used it to cut the same shape in 3mm felt.
I simply glued white fabric to the felt in order to cover the ugly brown
felt. I cut the holes in the shape to make it “snowflake-like”. Then I
dressed the shape in white satin. Using hot glue gun, I decorated it with
strands of silver sequins and glass beads.
The satin shawl was added to the base of the collar, containing wire
support to make the collar stay up (kind of like Cat's collar, but not so
elaborate). The shawl is attached to the dress. I even cheated a little.
Given that my daughter wore a wig, I was able to fix the top of the
collar to the wig with a safety pin. It was totally invisible and the collar
stayed up from 5 o’clock till 11, through lot of dancing and elaborate
choreography of the Snow Queen dance.
Snowflakes on the dress, sleeves and cape were made with hot glue. I
free-hand drew snowflakes with hot glue and sprinkled them with silver
glitter. There is a glass bead in the center of every snowflake.
The wig is a cheap Halloween long silvery-white wig.
The snowflakes that I used in her hair and at the bottom, silver part of
the dress were in fact more time consuming to make than the rest of the
costume. I used snowflake patterns that I found on the internet, scaled them
to desired size and printed them out on a plain paper. (I couldn’t find
anything thicker that would go into my printer.) I cut these out with
cuticle scissors and traced their shapes on construction paper. You can
guess what goes next:... more cutting. At the end I had 12 snowflakes in
different sizes and 4 different designs. I covered them in pearlescent
glitter. The three biggest ones are glued to the bottom of the dress. The
rest of the snowflakes are attached to the wig with white hair pins.
The crown is made of a simple metal circlet that my daughter uses almost
everyday to keep her hair out of her eyes. The “spikes” are made of
cellophane that conveniently has a white “snowy” pattern on it. I made 5
cones of doubled cellophane and cut them in size -- the central one is
tallest, then on the sides two medium and at last two shortest on each side.
I carefully applied some hot glue on them (I was afraid that cellophane
would melt) and sprinkled them with silver glitter. I attached spikes to the
circlet with cellophane tape, or as Harry Potter fans like my daughter call
it a “spell-o-tape”, meaning transparent adhesive tape.
She wore silver long gloves and white slippers with the costume. The
costume was completed with silver and white make-up that went wonderfully
with her grey eyes.
||The snow queen's court
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