I finished my Merida costume and thanks to some great friends I actually got photos of myself in it.
Got my boyfriend in on the action as well.
Some issues with the back, since I had to tie it myself, (the men in my life don’t get corset strings)
Sew. Well the actual stitching part hasn’t happened yet. But I am getting somewhere. Since it has been rainy and stressful I not only finished the book I was reading and I REALLY worked on costumes for Halloween.I bought my fabric a few weeks ago online to a few problems. 1 the wool I ordered was SUIT wool not wool for making a cape, so instead I went to the store and actually bought a black wool/polyester blend for only about $9/yard, I got less than recommended for my pattern, but I knew I didn’t want it way long on me, and too much wool becomes really heavy really fast. Especially on all the other layers I will be wearing.
|black felt for cape|
I also was not super fond of the color of linen I ordered, I wanted it to have a little more GREEN in it, so I bought a packet of forest green Dylon fabric dye to alter the color slightly, which I let my linen sit in for about an hour and got some great results.
|dye job- use the sick for easy clean up and rubber mixer so as not to stain|
|LEFT: original color RIGHT: after dying|
Other than that my white fabric for my chemise is perfect, white and a good sort of wrinkly, I’m excited about the results of that as well, but slightly concerned over if the sleeves will be long enough.
I’m also using these patterns, with slight revisions (more on that later):
Ryan’s costume is SO simple. If you want to do a GREAT KILT for Halloween, buy 5 yards of fabric, look up a tutorial and GO. That’s it. Granted Ryan already has a shirt from when we did the Princess Bride and we ordered some simply boots he can wear with socks and voila.
NOTE ON WIDTH: I couldn’t find 60″ wide plaid material ANYWHERE unless I wanted to buy a kilt, the cheapest was $220. So I went to Joann, bought 44″ wide cotton flannel (like for shirts) and made sure to get something close to a traditional tartan (Stuart Hunting) , which as far as I trust should be just fine. NOTE ON YARDS: you may not need 5 yards, less may work just fine, it all depends on how much you want to spent and how big your kilt wearer is.
Hopefully I’ll look as awesome as this!
Well beyond the emotional courage aspect…
I’m going to be MERIDA!
For Halloween and Ryan (the boyfriend) is going to be a man in a kilt.
I also just thought of putting GIFs in my posts…..so expect a lot more of these!
But anyway I plan on going full out! I plan on my hair being just as crazy as this!
The only thing that will be missing is THIS
See they don’t accept draft horses where I live.
BACK to the costumes!
This is what Ryan hopes to dress up as:
This is what is actually going to happen:
Love you Ryan, I promise!
My costumes is going to be your basic Merida.
Blue dress, white chemise, big red hair, black boots. I even have a long bow!
I’m going to be bad ass.
REAL photos to come tomorrow!
~Rebecca Lee Robinson