My daughter wanted a "Brave" theme for her birthday this year, so I made her a Princess Merida costume. And lucky for me, she decided that she would wear that costume for Halloween, too. Which meant that I had to come up with costumes for me and the husband.
Miss P has decided that her birthday party theme this year is going to be Disney/Pixar's Brave and that she needed to dress as Princess Merida.
I couldn't find a pattern that I liked (or could really adapt), so I decided to draft it myself. I've only ever drafted a couple of things, so I'm not really sure of myself yet, but I figured it would be easy enough.
The underdress is based on a raglan-sleeve tshirt, just elongated to make a dress.
The overdress I used P's measurements to draft. The sleeves were a head-scratcher. I just measured and created a pattern for those, guessing on the lengths of the straps connecting the pieces. I made two muslins - the first was made of stretch velvet (just to see if I could draft properly) and didn't have the underdress - it was a one-piece dress.
My four year old was asked to be in a local children's theatre production of Peter Pan this summer. Although the age for the production is 5-14, the director just adores Miss P and thought she would be great in the show. Looking back, I'm pretty sure it's because she wanted me to make costumes, too. *sigh*
P played "Starfish" the mermaid in the mermaid lagoon scene. I made all the mermaid costumes: photo by Prudence Christine, on Flickr
Miss P finally outgrew her dalmation coat that she loves so much. I asked her if she wanted another one and of course she said yes. So we went to JoAnn's to get fabric and they were out of the dalmations. So instead she picked a princess fabric. And patches. I asked if she wanted a coat with toggles or a zipper and she wanted toggles. *sigh*
I started it Sunday night, finished it last night. Pretty quick pattern. (Plus, having made it before - only smaller - definitely helps with not having to reference directions)
This is BRILLIANT! You did a marvelous job. The letters are so perfect.
Do you mind if I asked how you constructed this? You really achieved a perfect spherical shape!
The neck base is a hula hoop. I took a piece of foam core and cut it to be the same size as the hula hoop, taped it to hoop and cut a hole for the head (hula hoop side up). That sits freely on his shoulders. The fabric is a separate piece that drapes over it. I cut the white to be bigger than the hula hoop (to account for seaming), cut a hole for the head and then made a neck piece (film spindle) out of jersey. (everything else is fleece)
The rest is just a simple rectangle. The black was cut just a little too big so I could pleat it to attach the "film" (which is just a piece of super-stiff interfacing covered with beige faux suede / black acetate lining).
Everything was done to scale. It's a 30:1 scale of a vintage Kodachrome II canister. The letters were all done on graph paper, drawn by hand then I used a tracing wheel to copy them to the fleece. My hands were pretty cramped after cutting them all out. (And that's why there's not ALL the detail on there that there should be).
The bottom has boning to keep it's shape. (I would've preferred to use another hula hoop, but I don't know where it wandered off to...)
For the first time since I've known him, my hubby is going to be home for Halloween (trick or treating) - he's a roadie, so he's usually working on the weekend (cue Loverboy song). This year, however, he's actually going to be home, so I knew I had to come up with a costume for him.
He's a film camera buff. Loves older cameras and was pretty sad when Kodak finally gave up the ghost and stopped making Kodachrome. He hoarded that film. And then the last facility that processed it finally stopped. So over the course of a year, I think he shot over 100 rolls of Kodachrome (give you the nice bright colors...).
I decided that to pay homage to his love of Kodachrome I would make him a costume that would be a good tribute. Of course, I had no idea how I was going to do it (there was math involved!)...
He wants to either a: wear zombie makeup (since it's a dead film) or b: hand out brightly colored post-it notes (giving the nice bright colors) or c: have me dress up in a lab coat to "take away" the Kodachrome...
Miss P said she wanted to be Jessie from Toy Story. Well, actually she said she wanted to be "Ghost Jessie" and then changed her mind as I was getting her dressed for Boo at the Zoo. "I was just kidding, mom. I just want to be regular Jessie." I guess she didn't want to wear makeup after all.