Need a bridesmaid dress for a 10 year old that looks like Elsa from Frozen but is still bridesmaidy - can anyone offer suggestions?

(27 Posts)
Lovecat Thu 26-Jun-14 00:55:28

I hope the title says it all...

DD (9.5) has been asked to be a bridesmaid in early September. She is very excited. The bride wants her 2 adult bridesmaids and DD to have the colours/style of Elsa's dress in Frozen once she comes into her power (like the pic attached).

I don't know what the 2 adult bridesmaids are having, but DD was given her dress tonight and it turns out to be a Disney Store character dress for a 7-8 yr old. She is tall and wears 10yr old's clothes - which I did tell the bride, but apparently that was the largest they could find. It is too short and too tight across the chest, plus as the groom helpfully pointed out, it looks "like a costume, not a bridesmaid dress".

The bride is stressing massively over other bits of the wedding so I told her not to worry, I would sort it out. Now, I am not made of money so cannot afford the gorgeous £150+ cosplay dresses on Etsy that would be perfect for her. Plus they all seem to come from China and I am very wary of buying from there when the dress will be needed for the first week of September (especially as they are custom made), in terms of delivery time and also quality.

I found a lovely-looking dress that with a bit of gussying up would make a great Frozen-style dress, but having researched the website it seems to be a UK front for a Chinese operation. Again, I don't want to run the risk of the dress coming late.

Can anyone recommend a UK based dress company that won't cost the earth?

I'm also considering finding/using with an independent dressmaker, but don't know how much this would be - and could they do it in 2 months? I've never used one before so I don't know if I'm being realistic or not.

I can afford about £80 tops, as I also have to buy shoes and tights and get her hair done.

Also if anyone knows a good dressmaker that covers the East London/Essex area I'd love to hear from them! smile

Thanks MNers....

Lovecat Thu 26-Jun-14 00:57:23

This is the dress that might do (with a few alterations), but I've seen the website given mixed reviews...

www.simplebridesmaiddresses.co.uk/blue-satin-halter-floor-length-a-line-junior-bridesmaid-dresses-sbmd10430.html

Tortoiseonthehalfshell Thu 26-Jun-14 00:59:01

Sorry, I am no help at all, but the bride wants her ADULT bridesmaids to wear dresses in the style of a Disney princess?

CeliaBowen Thu 26-Jun-14 01:02:28

Where are the adult ones coming from? Could the same supplier provide a younger style? When I got married I had a few wedding magazines with ads for dress companies, and they would show, for example, a certain colour with 4 or 5 different styles of dresses made for different ages, i.e. adult, young teen (maybe your daughter?) and flower girl. That way you could get the "same" but different to suit all the bridesmaids.

2 months is plenty of time, although many dressmakers will be busy as it's prime wedding season.

How girly is your DD? On FB I saw twirls and giggles tutus which does a elsa style long tutu dress. She is in canada but it might be worth contacting her.

Lovecat Thu 26-Jun-14 01:19:22

Tortoise, I know....

Celia the adult ones are coming from America, apparently they did not do child sizes. They are not here yet, the website link she sent me for colours etc for matching did not work. This isn't sounding good, is it...?

That's my worry regarding wedding season. If a dressmaker is any good, he/she'll be mad busy right now.

DD is relatively ungirly but she does love a twirly dress, especially if it's not pink. Thanks for the tip, HerRoyal, I will check it out.

scarletoconnor Thu 26-Jun-14 01:23:04

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scarletoconnor Thu 26-Jun-14 01:24:23

lol Just realised my user name and shop name...its not my shop but I have ordered from there scarletoconnor is a Nashville character grin

Fram Thu 26-Jun-14 01:33:59

what about something like this monsoon dress which could then be altered by a dressmaker?

PrimalLass Thu 26-Jun-14 06:38:22
rusmum Thu 26-Jun-14 06:39:18

I am making this for my dd. but fancier with sequins and ribbon etc
http://www.charliemoos.co.uk/blog/read_102747/how-to-make-an-elsa-frozen-dress-for-less-than-10.html))

AnaisB Thu 26-Jun-14 06:44:03

Hi OP,

What about this

They don'y have the size you want online, but may well be able to get it in.

ProfYaffle Thu 26-Jun-14 07:09:28
ToffeePenny Thu 26-Jun-14 07:10:27

You could try a cosplay costume if you wanted it to be recognisably 'Elsa' or go for the same colour in a long style.

ToffeePenny Thu 26-Jun-14 07:13:50

D'oh just read the uk-based bit

Lovecat Thu 26-Jun-14 07:31:51

Wow, thanks so much for all the links and tips - I am USELESS with a sewing machine, btw, just to help matters along...

MNers are brilliant grin I shall go and investigate them all now!

Lovecat Thu 26-Jun-14 10:40:35

You are all amazing. Thank you so much!

The bride to be has said that DD can choose which one she likes best, and has plumped for the one on ProfYaffle's link. Unfortunately the bodice on that one does not come lined, and DD needs a lining or she will be fidgeting and shuffling about even more than normal all day, so I am going with HerRoyal's suggestion of Twirls n' Giggles - the dress is almost the same and the lady who runs the FB page had some great suggestions of how she can customise it to make it less 'frou'.

Now I just need to find shoes.... shock

Again, thank you so much you lovely nest of vipers grin

ProfYaffle Thu 26-Jun-14 14:41:50

Glad you got sorted smile

Fram Thu 26-Jun-14 21:23:24
Fram Thu 26-Jun-14 21:23:45

(sorry- they're sandals!)

Buntingbeth77 Thu 26-Jun-14 21:34:50

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Buntingbeth77 Thu 26-Jun-14 21:35:57

By the way my dresses are fully lined too smile

OTheHugeManatee Thu 26-Jun-14 21:37:55

Irrelevant, but the bride wants her ADULT bridesmaids to dress like a Disney character????

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

<runs>

Fram Thu 26-Jun-14 23:39:08

beth- you aren't allowed to advertise on MN, sorry! (unless you pay, of course)

Lovecat Fri 27-Jun-14 18:02:05

Fram they are beautiful! I'm ordering them whether the bride likes them or not (can always hop to BHS for trad shoes if needs be), DD thinks they're splendid grin

Manatee. Erm. Yes.

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