Merida

Brave

@WARPAINTandUnicorns

Description

My one and only Disney Princess costume. I don't have a great love for Disney princess of past besides Ariel. In the past, they were not able to defend themselves. >_< They were always being saved by the prince. boo

Ariel is a no go with my body type, but Merida has my hair. ;) Just not as ginger as her.


FABRIC:
100%Cotton Velveteen from Fabricland. $18 a yard (but I got it on sale)
Rippled Linen on optic white that I dyed with teas to an off cream shade, for the undershirt and puff on the dress.
My cloak fabric wasn't as grey/taupe as hers as I bought it before the full movie poster came out and it looked dark brown at the time. lol It's a suiting polyester with nice drape and weave.

SEWING: About 50% of this dress was hand sewn because it's Velveeten and I had to do a lot of invisible stitching one all the segments of the sleeves, the armholes and the hem. (Never hand hemmed a dress before... 6.5 hours later I was done and wanted to kill myself for a backache. )

WIGS:
Went through a few different ones but the final one was Newlook FireRed shade in Cathy XL and Mary G-1000 sewn together.
Newlook has a new PP-Brave Brave Princess I recommend that one and stacking it with another long wig.
I cover how I made the wig here.
http://www.warpaintandunicorns.com/2012/09/simple-wig-tricks-stacking-with-merida.html

I got a lot of people asking me if it was my real hair because I match my eyebrows at FanExpo. lol

BOW:
PVC pipe based from Jonathan Gordon of SouthCoastDesigns on Etsy. Resharpened with heat and paint it with a wood grain texture with heavy body acrylic for the texture. And a wash of dark brown paint to sink into the tooth of the acrylic grain. Once I shaped it to the Pulled position, it was a full foot shorter than it should have been but to make one any long would have probably degraded the shape.

Presentation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA2XeEqUWN0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLqAeU73_hc

You can see my head bob before walking onstage as my music didn't play. I was like "OK! Let do this!" lol

Photos

@WARPAINTandUnicorns
Status
Views 6761
Last Updated 6 years ago
Created 6 years ago
Series Brave
Character Merida

Comments

hellorosenberg Love seeing other Merida's :)

WARPAINTandUnicorns The sleeves are segmented on the dress. The puff at the elbow is sew the the sleeve section. The white under dress is just a long shirt using the same rippled linen as the sleeve. The cuffs and collar were on the shirt were sewn by gathering the fabric in a strip.

squeakum How did you do the sleeves and the puffy parts and the under dress?

MDA I got my photos of you up ^^ http://midnight-dare-angel.deviantart.com/art/FanEx12-Scottish-Princess-325513911 Feel fee to use! So great to see you at Fan Expo! And I LOVED this to death!

MalteseLizzie You make a great Merida

Narnian Wonderful! You did an amazing job!