The Dragonfly has decided that she wants to be Merida (from Brave) for Halloween. And she has decided that The Bear will be her… Bear. (If you have seen the movie or read any of the accompanying books, you know that the bear is pretty key.) Now this is a big departure from the last 3 Halloweens, in which The Bear has been the human and The Dragonfly has been the animal (Little Bo Peep/ Sheep; Farmer/ Cow; Witch/ Cat) so we are a little excited.
She’s looking at this particular version of Merida’s dress:
Just without the head piece. Basically, the Merida from the scene in which she is pretty much awesome with her bow and arrow. Now, I know that I could just head to Target or scour the Internet and find a premade Merida costume, but those just seem not really worth the money. (One place wanted close to $45!) So what to do? Well, draft a pattern and make a dress!
In my head, this seems like a simple task: I’m thinking a 1/2 or 3/4 circle Skirt for the Skirt, and then basing the top off of a long-sleeved shirt and adding the details as needed. I don’t have a dressmakers’ dummy, but the thing about little girls’ clothing is that there is not much worry about the need for darts, etc as little girls are still pretty boxy. I will buy a commercial red curly wig for her, as The Dragonfly’s hair is brown and not so wild.
I did buy a bit of Muslin to draft onto and make a dry run before busting into the purchased fabric, mostly for the bodice piece, and I will say I am kind of excited about this. It’s kind of neat to think that she will have a unique costume done in the style of what might be a popular character this year and that it will be mama-made and pattern-less.
Now the question remains… will this end up being a hot mess?
Have your kids made Halloween plans? How do you go about the costume game?
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