Four Priceless Princesses

It’s official, and has been for a while now: much like the entire 0-14 year old female demographic, the Hardinge girls are obsessed with Frozen. Just ask me how many times Missy and I have listened to “Let it Go” while they’ve all maniacally danced and sang around us.

(Truth be told, we both prefer Do You Want to Build a Snowman…)

I recently saw this article posted on my Facebook feed about the current shortage of “Queen Elsa” dresses across the country and the going rate on the street if you did want to acquire one. Your tl;dr summary? There are none to be had, and if you are lucky enough to find one, you’ll have to pay some big bucks for it.

Don’t believe me? Google “Elsa Dress” (or just click here) and notice that there is no item listed under $50.00. Fifty. Dollars. And paying anywhere from $100 to even $1,000 is, sadly, becoming common practice.

Thankfully, we have what most others don’t: a Grammie Mona (who, you know, has experience in making these sorts of things)!

Right before the movie was released on DVD, we started scheming on what we can do to recreate the dress for the girls without literally dipping into their college funds. We took some measurements and shot her over some ideas to Grammie, and she came back with a simple sketch:

Elsa Dresses 1

…to which we quickly approved. Lo and behold, three weeks later and voilà:

Elsa Dresses 2

Four perfectly handmade Queen Elsa dresses! And four of the happiest girls on the block, without breaking the bank.

Elsa Dresses 5

Elsa Dresses 3

And while tight-fitting, low-cut, strapless dresses might be okay for a Disney Princess, we prefer the more modest version for our almost four-year-olds, thankyouverymuch.

Elsa Dresses 4

Plus I’m pretty sure the gowns met all their criteria regardless:

  • Light blue? Check.
  • Sparkly? Check.
  • Shimmery “dragging capes?” Definitely.

Bonus: said shimmery dragging cape is completely removable, allowing for full going-out-in-public-without-the-massive-trip-hazard functionality. But when we’re hangin’ out at home, they rock those dresses in all their full draggin’ caped glory 🙂

Double Bonus: Thanks to coupons and clearance bin finds, the fabric and materials for all four dresses combined cost less than just one of the cheapest dresses available today online.

Irreplaceable bonus: I did mention they were handmade, right?

Mom, I’ll go ahead and start taking orders for you now 😉


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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

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