Merida - Brave
Merida was made in 2015 and was intended to be a small costume in between projects. Instead I decided I wanted to make a more detailed version of her dress and add a lot of the details that the Disney Parks costumes have.
This costume was made following a pattern that is intended to look like Merida (McCall's m6817), so I decided to follow it as best as possible. I only came across a few problems with the pattern and did alter a few things, but for the most part it was smooth sailing for the sewing.
The blue fabric is double sided, one side is like a velvet, while the other is like satin. I decided for the bottom I wanted to use the satin side just to add something interesting to the costume. It was also a lot easier to paint.
The painted designs on the bottom were done by using a stencil I made, an traced on to the fabric. It took me about four days total to do all the painting. I also added the gold braid trim onto the bottom to add some extra detail and fanciness.
The belt is made of a brown vinyl, and the golden designs were made with a stencil I made and with a gold fabric marker. The tartan fabric is actually very similar to Merida's family's actual tartan which was just perfect. I just happened to have it. It's edges are all finished and it's sewn onto the belt. The belt buckle was carved out of a special high density floral foam, primed and painted. It is actually 3D and the little bear designs actually do stick out.
I also competed at Ottawa Comic Con 2016's masquerade in this costume, along with one of my best friends who helped me in my skit with her highland dancing skills. We won a performance award titled the "Whispy Jig Award".
The bow was made using a small tree from my yard, and was simply bent by using wire, which acts as a bow string. It doesn't move back so far, so it is not a functional bow for safety reasons. The gold details are made with craft foam, and the designs on them were added on with a home made stencil and markers.
The arrows are actual hunting arrows. There were gifts from my dad specifically for this costume since they were not fit for hunting any more due to some damages. They are very light weight and the tip is removable, so it's a flat edge and not dangerous. They all stick into the high density foam that sits in the quiver.
The quiver is made from a large cardboard tube and covered in the same vinyl from my belt. The details are sewn on and drawn on with markers. The entire thing is filled with the high density florists foam. There's also a strap so it can hang off of my shoulder, and it has a fake buckle on it. It sits very well on my shoulder and does not slip off or move about.
Awards Won for this Costume and/or Accompanying performance:
- Twinzik Judge's Pick and Honorable Mention, Forest City Comic Con 2015, Masters Division
- 1st place, CAPE 2016, Adult's Division
- The Whispy Jig Award, Ottawa Comic Con 2016, Artisan Division
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