Monday, April 27, 2015

Creating More Race Costumes!

DIY race costumes

We leave for California for the Disneyland Pixie Dust Challenge races in about a week so I thought it was time I got my butt in gear and finish up my race costume.  We've had the idea for our costumes since last summer so I don't know why it has taken me so long to actually make them,,haha.

Oh, I know why, my sewing machine had been acting up lately. I was able to sew Lacey's costume but it was really giving me problems. I'm going to assume it was probably something some routine maintenance could have fixed (maybe), but we had a weak moment last week and fell victim to the convincing sales lady on the Home Shopping Network and Scott bought me this new electronic  Singer sewing machine. I admit it is pretty fancy and has more options and attachments than I will probably ever use. It even threads its self but I can't figure out how that works so I have just been threading it by hand.  This weekend I finished up my costume.

For the 5K, we are doing an Alice in Wonderland theme. I will dress as Alice, Lacey will be the White Rabbit and our mom will be the Queen of Hearts (she even has a really cool sweaty band to match her outfit).  Our outfits may not be the most creative or the most professional looking but we do the best with what we have. Because we more than likely will only wear these outfits once, we try to recycle pieces that we've worn before and use things that we already have around the house.

running costume
 
You may remember me saying that I was disassembling my Snow White outfit so I could use it again for something else, well, this was it. I took the ribbons off but kept the collar. I'm not all that impressed with my apron, I actually used the wrong pattern to make and then once I realized that I kept having to make adjustments.  Right now I have it paired with a blue sparkly skirt, but that might change and I might wear a blue tech skirt my sister has.  Thank goodness I have these white compression socks with the hearts on them. This may be the only piece that will identify me as Alice and not Bookish Belle!
 
alice in wonderland running costume
 
I really do like how Lacey's Rabbit outfit turned out. This was actually quite simple to make. We used a red tech shirt from a previous race and then just cut the arms off of a plain white t-shirt. I sewed on the heart and the blue ruffle directly to the shirt. I know it doesn't look exactly like the white rabbit but I think it's enough that people will be able to make out who it is.  We may be constructing a pocket watch for her to hold too, we will see.  I'm hoping this outfit isn't too hot, but it is only a 5K, so I think she'll be able to deal with it for that short amount of time.
 
Our 10k outfits are all Tinkerbell inspired. We all have green sparkly skirts and green tanks. I'm really excited about our half marathon outfits. They are not costumes in anyway, but kind of represent our running journey thus far!
 
Now I better get started on the packing!   Oh, and by the way. I am flying an airline that actually allows luggage free of charge!  This makes me very happy!
 
 

Do you have any sewing skills? Did you pay attention in Home Ec?   -M

22 comments:

  1. Nice job with the outfits! I used to spend lots of time creating costumes for the races, but actually, I think we are just wearing some skirts we have for the Pixie Dust Challenge. My ideas seem nonexistent at the moment and C is busy planning a wedding!

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    1. Yea, you two have been very busy lately and have had other things on your mind. I completely understand!

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  2. The outfits look great! I have very limited sewing skills but it's one of those things that seems like it would be really useful. I definitely want to learn at some point.

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    1. Thanks Chaitali! I am glad I've learned to sew. It has definitely come in handy!

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  3. I love the Alice in Wonderland theme! Can't wait to see all three of you in your costumes!

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    1. Yea, I cant wait to see us all in costume either!

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  4. The costumes look great! I think I may have the same sewing machine as you- is it a Singer Stylist? And I'm going to mail your bows out in the next couple days, sorry for the delay! :)

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    1. I don't think it's the stylist. Its an S900. No worries on the bows!

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  5. SO creative :) I love both outfits. I am excited to see your Tinkerbell costumes, one of my favorite characters for sure :)

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    1. Well, they are not exactly Tink costumes per se, Just a combination of green tops and green sparkly skirts. More Tink "Inspired"...lol

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  6. What fun outfits! I am not super creative with sewing, but I finally got a new machine about a year ago, and at least I don't struggle with the thread jamming up and other things, so that frustration has disappeared. Glad you got a new machine - with all the costumes you guys wear, it was a necessity! :)

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    1. Yea, those were the same types of problems I was having with my old machine!

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  7. Great costumes! I have no sewing skills whatsoever, and I've never operated a sewing machine. If I chose to run as a character, I get running clothes and put together an outfit inspired by their costume.

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  8. How cute are these costumes?! I don't have one ounce of sewing skills in my body, so I'm so impressed!

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  9. Love them, such a cute theme too!
    My friends mom taught a sewing class to a bunch of us when I was 10 and taught the basics on up. I learned a lot and loved it so I took another sewing class in Jr. High, I used to sew quite often but haven't done much but help my sister's with their kids stuff the past few years.
    Its a good talent to have and look at how much you save and don't have to buy to create all these awesome costumes!
    Hope your knee holds up and lets you get thru all the races next weekend.

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  10. Very cool. I love creative and created costumes like that. My wife has recently taken up sewing a lot, so already expanding my thoughts for runDisney costumes, haha.

    If you get a chance, you can add your post this week to the #MagicalMickey linkup if you'd like.

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  11. I love the alice in wonderland theme! I will be there for the 10k (iriadessa costume) and half (tinkerbell-i have been wearing the same costume since the first tink). So excited for tink!

    and i can't sew :(

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  12. I have absolutely no sewing skills, so I'm always impressed with those that do! Great costumes!

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  13. My ONLY regret of not doing any more Disney races after Dopey this year is the costuming :(

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  14. You all will look so cute in the costumes.

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  15. I need to learn to make my own running outfits. I spend way too much on running clothes as it is! And you're absolutely right- I wore the Ursula tutu I paid $25 for one time and have never put it on again.

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  16. Very impressive! I can sew by hand..but I forgot how to thread the machine :)

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