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« on: September 04, 2012 08:22:23 AM »


Princess Merida (Brave) by Prudence Christine, on Flickr

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.


photo by Prudence Christine, on Flickr

Here's the finished product:


Princess Merida (Brave) by Prudence Christine, on Flickr


Princess Merida (Brave) by Prudence Christine, on Flickr

Now to make a Queen Elinor costume for me...
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« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2012 12:49:27 PM »

It's perfect!! She looks adorable in it and very happy. You did a wonderful job!
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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2012 02:20:07 PM »

My daughter would love this
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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2012 06:58:37 PM »

Love this! Wonderful job, esp for drafting it yourself!  She looks great and very happy!
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2012 11:36:45 AM »

Very nice!
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2012 04:47:51 PM »

That is so awesome!!!  Way to go!!
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2012 11:06:09 PM »

That is gorgeous! My daughter wants a(nother) Disney princess costume for Christmas, so I've been looking up a lot of homemade dresses online. Yours is definitely one of the better ones! And have you seen the "official" Merida dresses? Blinged up, shiny, poofy-skirted... nothing the "real" Merida would've been seen dead in.

I was leaning towards Cinderella for DD, but now I'm wavering...
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2012 10:55:08 AM »

Oh, my! Don't let my 6 y.o. see this!!! It's bad enough I'm making a Tangled costume for Halloween. She's systematically working on Disney characters. I've been doing it for 3 years, but I'm not 'brave' enough to try one without a pattern.

Lovely!
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2012 12:03:26 PM »

Great job and what a beautiful little princess Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2012 11:13:53 AM »

I love it! Great work!
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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2012 01:31:11 PM »

WOW!!! so cool!
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« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2012 02:20:30 PM »

That is the best Merida I've seen.

And I'd love to see your Elenor as well. Wink
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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2012 07:35:40 AM »

That is the best Merida I've seen.

And I'd love to see your Elenor as well. Wink

I finally got around to making the Queen Elinor costume so we could go as a family for Halloween.

See it here.

Thank you all for the kind words!
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2012 01:24:53 PM »

Beautifully done! I went to see Brave with my daughter and right away knew I wanted to make Merida's dress.  Unfortunately, my almost-6-year-old daughter wasn't so keen on being Merida for Halloween and instead picked Rapunzel.  *sigh*  Pink and purple it had to be.  Oh well, maybe next year.  :-)

I saw your other post too...with the red hair!  LOVE!
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« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2013 09:45:11 AM »

Congrats!!

You're a Craftster Best of 2012 Winner!

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« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2013 07:03:37 AM »

Holy smokes! Thanks for the award! I had no idea.

Miss P will be pleased! (as am I!)
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