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« on: March 27, 2014 03:21:20 PM »

DD does archery and loves dressing up and Brave, so a Merida costume was kind of a no-brainer for her sixth birthday.

Looking the dress up online I was astonished to find that it's not dark green at all. At least, there's blazing controversy. Apparently it's meant to be a dark, tealy blue which looks green in some lights. Looks green as heck to me in 90% of the film, but who am I to contradict the filmmakers? (And it did resolve a long-standing question in my mind as to why Merida merchandise featured a random blue dress that wasn't in the movie!)

Strangely enough I couldn't find any dark tealy blue fabric, so I bought a nice forest green and overdyed it with a dilute navy blue. My first time dyeing anything and I was a little nervous, especially when the fabric looked black immediately after dyeing - but lo and behold, it turned out perfectly. One day I'd be sewing it and thinking "Man, that dye didn't take at all, this dress is GREEN", and the next day I'd be thinking "Wow, I should have diluted the dye more, it's completely navy." Basically, it looks green in the light and blue in the shade; which is pretty cool! (Now watch as I fail to dye anything the correct colour ever again...)

I adapted two Ottobre patterns for the dress. The overdress was a long-sleeved winter dress I'd made DD before - lengthened, de-collared, widened at the hem and notched at the slightly lowered and widened neckline.

Most of the Merida cosplay I've seen just adds small 'peekaboo' sections of white to the sleeves and neckline. But it seemed fairly clear to me that Merida was wearing a chemise or underdress, so I decided to make the costume in two parts. (Probably easier, actually!) The underdress was a basic raglan-sleeved peasant top, lengthened and shirred at the neckline and sleeve cuffs. I didn't want the ruffles to be too bulky, so I finished the raw edges with a narrow zigzag instead of hemming them. I don't have any separate photos, but DD loves the underdress so much she's started wearing it as a winter nightie!

Anyway, here it is. It ain't perfect, but DD loves it.





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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2014 03:49:31 PM »

This is absolutely adorable! Looks so much better than any of the ones that are being sold by Disney right now.

I'm so jealous for all the little girls that get to grow up with Merida! She's my favorite!!
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2014 08:30:59 PM »

That is indeed a colour-changing dress! It turned out fantastic, and I think its so cool that your daughter practices archery!
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2014 09:42:51 AM »

Beautifully done! Lucky daughter! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2014 03:33:02 PM »

Wow, this is amazing!  You did a great job on it.  I love the color Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2014 08:23:10 AM »

beautiful work I love it.  I also love the action shots!
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