As many fans of Frozen probably already know, there are commercial sewing patterns based off Anna and Elsa’s clothes. In fact, when the commercial Frozen patterns was available for sale for the first time, it was impossible for me to find one in either adult or child size. Last year I has similar pattern finding problems, except it was for a Merida dress and two coat patterns for characters from the TV show Once Upon a Time. After waiting for 99 cent pattern sales, I’ve gathered as many Frozen sewing patterns I know of available for sale at Joann’s and Hobby Looby and created a list of all the ones I know of.
Before I compare the pattern, I included a history of Frozen sewing patterns, such as which pattern came first, and some notes about their popularity based off my experience looking for them at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby stores near where I live.
Side Note: I was asked before if I received compensation for reviews about patterns. No, I do not receive compensation for reviews on patterns or anything I talk about on my blog. For me sewing is party a hobby and party a job, but talking about patterns falls into the hobby category.
I’ll start out by listing all the patterns. I also included a photo of each pattern’s envelope in the list…
- 7000- Pattern for Anna and Elsa costumes. The costumes are of Anna’s peasant outfit and Elsa’s snow queen dress. Available in both children’s and adult sizes
- 389- Pattern for Anna and Elsa’s dresses. The dresses are Elsa’s snow queen dress and Anna’s peasant outfit. The pattern is meant to fit 18 inch dolls.
- 0748- Pattern for Anna and Elsa costumes. The costumes are of both Anna’s and Elsa’s coronation dresses. Available in children’s sizes only.
- 1233- Pattern for Anna and Elsa costumes. The costumes are of Anna’s peasant outfit and Elsa’s snow queen dress. Available in children’s sizes only.
- 0745- Pattern for Anna and Elsa costumes. The costumes are of Anna’s peasant outfit and Elsa’s coronation dress. Available in adult sizes only.
- 0746- Pattern for Anna and Elsa costumes. The costumes are of Anna’s coronation dress and Elsa’s snow queen dress. Available in adult sizes only.
- 0747- Pattern of Anna and Elsa dresses for 18 inch dolls. The dresses are Anna’s coronation dress and her “peasant” outfit and Elsa’s coronation dress and snow queen dress.
- 1234- Dresses of Anna and Elsa’s dresses for 11 1/2 inch dolls. The dresses are of Anna’s coronation dress and peasant outfit and Elsa’s coronation dress and snow queen dress.
Out of all the patterns listed, the first pattern to ever show up in stores was McCall’s 7000. I remember it best in stores in May of 2014, but it could’ve been in stores at least a month before then. Where I live, the pattern was almost always sold out. Even before the 99 cent or $1.99 pattern sales, people would buy the pattern and make their children, grandchildren, nieces, or friend’s children Anna and Elsa costumes. It was impossible to find an Anna and Elsa costume pre-made in the local stores so to make the costume from scratch was more cost efficient alternative to buying the dresses on ebay.
The first Simplicity patterns to show up was 1233 and 0734. Where I live, patterns for doll clothes are very popular because it’s a chance for a girl to learn how to sew and, since it’s on a small scale, the project not use yards and yards of fancy fabric. Because of this, the doll pattern sold out faster than the child’s pattern. This changed when it got closer to Halloween and the children’s pattern began to sell out.
I don’t know when 0748 or either of the adult patterns showed up in stores. To be honest, I was unable to go to Joann’s for at least two weeks due to being sick with the flu so I cannot say for certain when I saw the patterns available for sale for the first time. The first time I saw them was the week after Halloween. Maybe a week after that I saw the McCall’s and Simplicity 18 inch doll patterns.
On a personal note, once I saw Anna’s coronation dress pattern, I was excited. Really excited. I was already working on an Anna coronation dress but for whatever reason the project was put aside. I never totally forgot about it, especially since I constantly ran into the pattern I created for the skirt while cleaning my fabric piles. Although I still wanted to use my self-drafted pattern for the skirt, before I set the project aside I was having problems with sizing of the designs on the skirt. I don’t know if I’ll use the Simplicity pattern for skirt, especially since everything is already drafted and/or fabric is cut and waiting for me to sew everything together. Still, the pattern would be nice to look at and see if there is something the pattern has and I can use it on my dress.
So, that’s about it for these patterns. The are still very popular where I live and after pattern sales they’re usually sold out. It’s worse than last year when Merida and the Once Upon a Time patterns were for sale! I’m unsure about the fit/construction of these patterns because I didn’t get a chance to really look at them and how the construction is. Already I know Simplicity’s adult patterns for Elsa’s snow queen dress has the slit in the skirt on the wrong side. I’m not sure if I’ll end up writing up a “This is what’s wrong with the Frozen patterns and here’s how you can fix it” post (Depends on how irritated I become with the construction of the costume), but keep in mind that if someone is trying to make a cosplay, not a costume for Halloween, fun, or for a child, there are differences between the way the costumes are drawn and how the patterns say you should assemble them.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or contact me via the contact me page here. I do try to read every comment left, including ones in the spam folder. If you want a suggestions where to purchase the patterns, I’d suggest Simplicity and McCall’s websites, Etsy, Ebay, and Amazon. Etsy, Ebay, and Amazon ship outside the United States (Varies by seller) and Simplicity and McCall’s do ship outside the United States depending on what pattern it is. Please check their websites for further information.
Thank you for reading and I hope this helps anyone looking for Frozen costume and doll patterns!