In an exclusive interview with ESPN Crikey, singer-songwriter Nelly Williams shared her advice for those who are looking to recreate her iconic role as the voice of the Disney Princesses in the Disney Sing Along Machine (SMO).
Williams, who is also the lead singer of the Los Angeles-based rock band The Chainsmokers, says that the first thing you need to do is look for the right fabrics to make the most of your SMO.
“I’m a designer by trade, so if you’re going to go the SMO route, you’ve got to do some research,” she said.
“I would say it’s a good idea to buy a fabric that’s not going to rip and will actually work well in your suit.”
When I first started, my favourite fabric was the silk and silk blend, but then I realised I didn’t have enough fabric on hand so I switched to the polyester blend because it’s stronger and has more stretch than silk.””
You can buy polyester blends that are cheaper and you can also buy fabrics that are more stretchy, like a linen blend.
“But the main thing is to go for the fabrics that have been in use for a long time.
You can go for things like silk or linen that you’ve worn for years and have a fabric from which you can recreate it.”
Williams says that while she loves the Smo, she still has some of her favourite fabrics that she will use again.
“You’ll find that some of the fabrics you’ll love that you’ll probably still wear a few times are fabrics that you may not have used,” she says.
“Like the silk blend that I was wearing when I was younger.
That’s definitely one that I’ll remember forever.”
Williams says the SMo is not a “one-size-fits-all” garment, and it’s important to pick fabrics that fit you.
“It’s definitely not something that’s going to work for everybody,” she explains.
“Some people like it because it feels a little more modern and sophisticated.
Some people like the comfort of wearing it, but for me it’s just the perfect outfit for a party.”
Williams is also adamant that there are still plenty of things to do during her time on the Sago Island.
“There’s so many things to get into and I’ve been so busy, so I’ve just got to make sure I’m making time for it,” she reveals.
She says that even if you don’t plan to visit Sago for a few months, you’ll still find time to go fishing or take your kids to the local beach.
Williams explains that if you’ve never been to Sago, you will find it quite special and that you should definitely visit when you get a chance.
“We’ve got a great beach and a great spot to go out,” she laughs.
You can find more information on the Disney SMO on the company’s official website.
The Disney Singalong Machine will go on sale in Australia on December 13.