These motifs can be done to any level of perfection desired. I'm kind of doing it to the level a loving grandmother would, but if I were the mom without a lot of time, I might do fewer motifs all around the skirt, or only do them in the front. Also, you could simplify the motif a bit. Take away some of the dots, for example.
And you don't have to exactly follow my color scheme. To me, the motifs have a bit of a golden glow so I added some golden color bits, but you should look at images from the movie yourself and decide. Just search "Elsa's Coronation Dress images" and all sorts of stuff will pop up.
By now you should have made all the pattern changes and cut all the pieces out. This is described in yesterday's blog.
I have made diagrams for the motif that goes on the front of the bodice and the motif that goes all around the skirt. They are both here for you as jpegs that can be copied onto a computer and as word documents. I have never done this before, so if anyone has feed back or advice how I can make it easier to do, please leave comments.
These are the measurements I recommend for these dress sizes.
Child 3 - 4: (A) 5", (B) 8.5", (C), 5"
Child 5 - 6: (A) 5", (B) 9.5", (C), 5.5"
Girl 7 - 8: (A) 6", (B) 11.25", (C), 7"
Girl 10 - 14: (A) 7", (B) 13", (C), 7.5"
Adult: (A) 8.5", (B) 14.5", (C), 8.5"
To figure out what percentage to enlarge the motifs. Measure what the A, B, and C are on after the artwork is printed out. Then figure out what size you want those measurements to be and go to this on line Proportion Calculator. There you will find a calculation with 4 boxes.
Fill these boxes in as follows using decimals for any fractions. In the upper left box, put in the size your print out measures, in the box just below fill in the number (100) which stands for one hundred percent. Then in the upper right box, put in the size you want the motif to be. Hit the word "calculate" and the answer will be the percentage amount the artwork needs to be enlarged. This number will probably have to be rounded to remove any decimal points. Enter this number at a copy machine that enlarges and reduces where it asks for percentage to get a copy of the artwork in the size you need.
I am planning to make 12 repetitions of the skirt motif.
It is best to do the skirt first, starting at the back. So, by the time you work your way around to the front and especially when you do the bodice motif, you will be good a this.
On the inside of the skirt draw a vertical line exactly on the center front of the skirt the length of the (B) measurement from your artwork, starting at the hem. Then draw similar parallel lines going both direction at intervals that are the (C) measurement working around to the back. To have 12 repetitions of the motif, 13 of these lines are needed. The two lines on each end are your new center back seam and will be joined later when the dress is being assembled.
SO ... IMPORTANT! There is going to be extra fabric on either end of the skirt. Don't worry. This will be dealt with later.
Another .... IMPORTANT!!!
Do not do the very center back 3 motifs (one with curved bottom and two of the taller ones on either side) at this time. They will be done after the dress is finished.
After this, the sewing will be easy!! And that is for tomorrow.