And you would be justified in wondering this. All I can say, is that's as fast as they (or should I say "I" or actually "we") could get them finished!
The dilemma was how to approach the adult size. Our competitor (not to be named!) was on the ball and did an EZ version of two of the dresses early on. And after some investigation Simplicity found out Disney wasn't going to do anything about these unauthorized versions. So we needed to do something better. After Betsy and I attended Costume Con in Toronto and saw several fabulous renditions of Elsa's and Anna's costumes it was decided I would make "Cosplay worthy" versions of these dresses.
So, Anna's coronation dress has 10 box pleats with weights at the bottom to help them re-pleat after opening up. Elsa's snowflake dress has a complete snowflake and zig zag design for the cape, not just random purchased snowflake appliqués or printed fabric. Also, the skirt for this costume is a slim skirt with a front walking slit and train (like in the movie). AND the bodices for this costume and Elsa's coronations dress are separate boned bustiers that have separating zippers in the back.
Needless to say ... these 4 dresses took the entire month of July for me to make and pattern.
They might have taken longer, except I had booked my vacation to Scandinavia and I HAD to get them done. And, actually, Simplicity HAD to get them into their offices, because I only begin the journey of a pattern. After I finish my job, they have to digitize my pattern, check it, grade all the sizes, write the instruction, translate the instructions, draw the sewing illustrations, set up the guide sheet, arrange the pattern pieces to fit on the tissue paper, find models, take photographs, edit the photographs, put them on the envelopes and in the catalog ... THEN print everything ... THEN get the patterns on the website and into the stores so you can buy them.
That is why these patterns came out now.
I will be following up with blogs showing my work on all 4 of these dresses in the coming week or two.