Mini, like most little girls, is a big Disney fan. Yes, it was Frozen that started it all, but her current favourites are, (after a brief obsession with Aladdin, in which she actually wanted to be Aladdin) Mulan and Brave – which I’m secretly very proud of, because they both feature strong female characters without a love interest. Oh, and Lilo and Stitch, which has got me super excited about hula dancing – if you have a moment, watch this amazing video of a hula dancer and the grace and dedication expressed in the dance.
Anyway, I think Merida is an awesome role model for little girls, she’s so headstrong, the best archer in the land, and learns and important lesson about family during the course of the film (suck on that Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Ariel, who all abandon their families for someone they’ve known for 5 minutes)
So, thanks to the wonderful Minerva Crafts, I’ve made a lovely, screen-acurate(ish) dress for her to bash about in, I’ve adjusted the length from the pattern (it was massive!) because it’s a bit of a trip hazard for my tree-climbing princess. I’ve used a great crushed velvet for the dress, underlaid with cotton to give it the look of a tunic over a dress.
I’ve added a little bit of gold cord for the fastening, and a celtic style button to give it the look of an ancient gown. It’s a princess seamed dress, which was a bit tricky (lesson: baste everything), but I just adore the way it clings to her middle an flares out.
If you want to read more about how I constructed the dress, check out my detailed blog post over at the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. This is one of those occasions where it’s so much better to make a dress than buy one, if your little one loves Brave it’s really tricky to buy a dress that represents Merida in the actual film, most copy her shiny gown from the scenes in which she’s supposed to choose a suitor, and if you’ve seen the film you’ll know she hates it and trashes it, and this plain green gown is much more Merida.