My hat goes off several times in a row for the person who made a fabulous pleated version of this dress for Costume Con in Toronto this year. If anyone knows, please write in and tell me her name so I can give her proper credit.
One of the big reasons I decided to make the skirts and bodices separate in this pattern was to be able to use the same pattern pieces over and over for all ten pleats. If the skirt was sewn to the bodice with that point at the center front, I would have had to make completely separate pattern pieces for all three parts the front and side front pleats to correspond to the slope of the bodice front waist seam. This would be so confusing AND require much more pattern tissue. Then there might not have been enough room for the big, wonderful snowflake cape in the pattern envelope.
Box pleats, or actually any kind of pleat do not really work being flared out like this. But, of course, anything is possible in animation!!!!! Which makes life interesting/difficult for costume makers.
Pleats really should be cut straight and hang straight. Even the pleats on a kilt are stitched down in the upper section that is shaped over the hips. They don't open until they reach the point where they become perfectly straight.
This is why I had to build these pleats over that conically shaped petticoat and put weights in the hem. This skirt looks beautiful in motion, but even with the weights, it will need help from time to time to make the pleats lie flat after they've open up.
So, this is all I have to say about Frozen for a while. Rumors have it there is a sequel in the works ... ahhhhhhh!!!!