February 18, 2014

Construction of a race costume...channeling my inner duck!

While it may be the Princess Half weekend at Disney World this week, I decided to run in a duck costume.  You see, I am not very girly and dressing like Donald seemed like a fun thing to do for the 10k race.  Several weeks ago I got busy putting together my race outfit.  I was lucky to find most of the items in my closet and one that I had completely forgotten, a white skirt purchased at Costco last year for a color run that was never worn. With a short sleeve blue shirt in my pile of running shirts, there were not many materials I would need to purchase.  Here is what I used to complete my shirt and dress up my skirt.

*  4 large white buttons
*  spool yellow ribbon
*  1/4 yard blue fabric for the shirt collar
*  foam visor and extra foam
*  red fabric
*  thread
*  small pieces of Velcro
*  hot glue gun
Total cost of materials (that were not in my home supply) was less than $8.00 and I found everything at Michael's and Joann Fabric.

First I took the yellow ribbon and sewed it above the skirt ruffle. Super easy and it added a little color to a boring skirt!



Second step was making a visor. I bought a white foam visor, traced around it and cut two pieces out of yellow and blue foam.  I hot glued the two pieces together and voila, a Donald visor!


Transforming the shirt into a sailor shirt was difficult. I trimmed the shirt sleeves with more of the yellow ribbon. Next I made a pattern for a collar out of newspaper and cut it out of fabric.  I added yellow ribbon trim around the collar and attached the collar to the back of the shirt.  The front part of the collar would stay in place with Velcro. A red bow for the base of the collar would be made out of the scrap fabric. I cut two rectangles approximately 9 inches by 4 inches out of the red fabric and sewed them together leaving an opening to turn the piece inside out. I sewed that section together and used a small piece of red fabric to cinch the bow in the middle. Finally I attached the bow to the shirt and sewed on the large white buttons and the outfit was complete.


You will have to wait until Friday to see me dressed as my favorite duck! Please say hi if you see me on the race course!
(Pam)

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    1. Thanks Stacey, I have always loved Donald!

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  2. Holy moly, you are very crafty! I fail when it comes to sewing anything lol!! I love the costume, and I can't wait to see pics of it in action on the race course!

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    1. Thanks Lauren. I always liked to make things when I was a kid and sewing was part of the home economics class I took in junior high (yes, I am old!)

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  3. So cute, Pam! I can't wait to see the finished product!

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    1. Thanks Karen. I can't wait to see your costumes too....on the bus from POR!

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  4. That is amazing! I am in aww of your craftiness. I won't be running the 10k, so I may not see the final product till I get home next week. Can't wait!
    @heatherlas

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    1. Thanks so much Heather. Enjoy the Princess half and say hi if you see me around WDW!

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  5. I will be looking for you Donald on race morning! Now that i've completed my race costumes for PHM i've been thinking about what I want to be for future disney races and Donald Duck is on my list!

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    1. Meranda, you will be an adorable Donald! It is fun with so many character options for the runDisney races!

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  6. How cute! I can't wait to see you all dressed up!

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    1. Thanks Mindy...I just hope the rain that is in the forecast does not show up on race morning!

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  7. That is so cute! I want to do Donald for the WDW 1/2 next year (since that's the medal). I'm actually pretty excited about my costumes this year because they actually involved me sewing and being "crafty" to save money. I'm going to be Ariel and my husband is going to be Prince Eric (the least costume-y prince there is) for the 10K and then I'm going to be Belle for the 1/2. Your costumes are always soooooo great and the whole time I was working on mine I was thinking "I hope they come out half as nice as Pam and Christine's do!" :)

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    1. Kellie, I am sure your costumes will be fabulous. Please email us some photos after you return from the race weekend! Enjoy the races and please say hi if you see me around.

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  8. Love it! You're going to look adorable in your Donald costume!

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  9. Too cute! You guys always have the best costumes, and make it look so easy. I love the idea of running as Donald for the Princess race! I was never very girly either, and yet there's something about running at Disney that makes me want to wear tiaras and sparkly skirts. ;) Hope to see you this weekend! :-D

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. It sounds like I need to look for a princess to find you at the race! See you soon!

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  10. I'll be looking for you Pam!! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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