I made a Merida costume, and it isn’t even Halloween yet

*Warning: Photo-heavy post!

The Bee and I were at a local free trade event and a woman who is a range officer at the archery range recognized her, and asked if she would be so kind and show up for a little girl’s birthday at the range all dressed up as Merida from Brave as a special surprise. She told us how very much this little girl liked the movie Brave. The Bee could even shoot with her being a more experienced archer.

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My big-hearted girl didn’t hesitate. She automatically said “Of course!”.

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You may remember my “Merida”post from last January. Well, my teen has grown since then, so a new, more authentic looking costume was in order.

Presenting:

Merida costume

I started out by tracing the shoulders and sides of the bodice from an old t-shirt of hers, onto stretch velvet.

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I found a greenish color at the fabric store, and sadly they only had about 1 yard left.  I chose this color blue, instead. They didn’t have a whole piece available, so I had to alter the design I had in my head (all one piece A-line dress) to a gathered skirt onto a bodice. I think it still works well.

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The sleeves were the big challenge. I Googled a bunch of Merida photos, and came up with this design. They were the part that took the longest. At one point Jim came into the room and said “Do you realize you just spent an hour on ONE sleeve??”. Yes, but look how cute it turned out! Ha!

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For the neckline, I used the same gold fabric and ruffled it. I then took some embroidery thread and stitched a fake criss-cross opening on the front.

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She loves this costume, and already has threatened to wear it to school.

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She met the little girl for her birthday and got to shoot with her.

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It was fun for both of them.

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I love that my daughter just willingly does these things when she doesn’t stand to gain anything but the knowledge that she made someone else happy.

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Uh, that AND a costume.

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The Bee even watched the movie, again, before we went, to get into character.

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At one point, she turned to me and said, “You know, if she wasn’t created by Pixar, I would think we were related“.

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Me too.

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Now that she has the costume, I asked if she would be interested in volunteering at a hospital sometime.

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You know what her answer was?

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Of course!

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