I had my daughter’s Merida costume sewn long before Halloween, but I didn’t get around to taking pictures of her in it until Halloween. I debated whether or not I should post about it (with Halloween being in the back of our minds until about 11 months from now) but I decided that someone out there may want to make this super cute costume for a Christmas gift. I didn’t draft my own pattern for this costume, but rather I chose to use Simplicity Pattern 1557. The shape of the dress is fairly simple, but the gauntlets daunted me a little. And I got the pattern on a good deal. Overall, I was glad that I used this pattern. And our little Merida was happy with the costume, which is all the matters.
The pattern comes with several different size options, as well as the pattern for the dress, a cape, and a petticoat. I did not make the cape. The quiver I made myself. The fabrics were all purchased from JoAnn Fabrics (velour and broadcloth).
Here are my thoughts on this pattern:
- I think I got confused when piecing the front and back sections. Something didn’t seem correct when I was doing it, but I felt like I was following the pattern and the picture on the pattern. But I felt that after I sewn everything together, that I had more sleeve section puffing out from the back than the front, and I think it should have been the other way around. So be careful when doing the initial piecing.
- Try on the dress on the subject several times during the making. This will allow for a proper fit.
- I actually skipped the hemming step and just did a zigzag stitch. I cut a little below the stitch and it appears that I hemmed it. If using the proper velour fabric, the bottom of the dress should not show rough edges. Not what I recommend every time (or if you’re making a nice gift), but it’s a time saver if you’re on a shortage or if there’s a little girl asking “Is it done yet?” every day.
- The petticoat is a super easy addition that shouldn’t be skipped! It may seem unnecessary, but the petticoat peeking out from under the dress makes for an authentic addition.
Wig: Walmart, $7.00
Bow/Arrow: Walmart, $8.00
Quiver: Made from items on hand.
Have you used this pattern? Any thoughts or tips?