THE TIME HAS COME!!
I have kept my costumes for the Dumbo Double Dare a secret for long enough ;) [Honestly, I didn't want to spoil the surprise and let the cat out of the bag, but I also wanted to make sure the costume would come together and I didn't have to change it before race day.]
SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO... First up, the Disneyland 10K (seeing as it is the first race of the weekend)...
I will be going as Russell from UP!!
This is the first time I have actually MADE a costume before (sure, in the past I have dressed up, but it has more been with the same color scheme as a character or with a novelty t-shirt that was already made to look like a character). With that being said, I thought I'd give you a quick rundown of how I created the costume.
Originally I had gone to a nearby thrift store and picked up a tan/khaki golf shirt (in a men's size that was WAY too big) and pinned it to fit a little better. When my hubby saw it (after about 2 hours of me working on it), he said "I thought Russell's shirt was YELLOW". Oh crap... starting over ;)
I couldn't find a collared shirt that was yellow, but I did find a white one and thought "I could dye it". No, I have never dyed anything before, but this was a whole lot of first, so might as well give it a shot. I also thought that I could dye a baseball hat to match.
It actually turned out a lot better than I was expecting. The color is slightly different between the hat and shirt, but I think that is because of the materials they are made of (since they were both in the pot for the same amount of time). I wanted the color BRIGHT, so I left them in the solution over night and am definitely pleased with the way they came out.
When it came to the bandanna around the neck, I actually found a bright orange tube top at a local store for like $1. I figured I could cut it up and make it work. I think it came out pretty well! We also were able to use parts of it for the flag.
As far as the sash, I pretty much have an AMAZING hubby. He was able to look at some of the images online of the sash and the "patches" and create a pretty exact replica (he is a whiz at Photoshop and InDesign). He has a friend that actually owns a printing company and he was able to print it on fabric for us. We then had one of the ladies at his office run a quick stitch down the side of it to finish it off (Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, we don't have a sewing machine. The majority of my work was done with a hot glue gun :) We just recently went and bought a little sewing kit so I could put a few safety stitches in some areas to secure everything tight, but other than that, it's just glued...).
Of course I needed my Ellie badge, which I was able to find on Amazon. I think it completes the whole sash!
For the flag and patch on the hat, I used an image that I found online and just drew everything myself (I tried it a couple times on paper first to get the tree and lettering down right). The material itself is felt (which is hot glued and has a few stitches to make sure it doesn't fall apart while I'm running). I'm pretty pumped with how close it looks to the legit logo :) Sure, if you get up-close and personal, you can tell things aren't perfect, but for my lack of abilities and for what it is, I think it is pretty fan-freakin'-tastic! (We also used the seam of the tube top on the back of the flag for where the stick attaches to the felt.)
I will be wearing PRO Compression socks (white 'retro' ones, which they no longer carry), my RoadID bracelet (yellow), and a Sparkle Athletic skirt (brown) to complete the outfit.
Since I will be wearing a book bag (how perfect is it that Ryan just happened to have a bright orange one?!), I decided this costume would probably be best for the 10K instead of the half marathon. I am planning on stopping along the course for pictures with characters and just having a grand ol' time, so this is definitely NOT going to be a PR race for me, but that is what runDisney races are all about - THE FUN :)
Have you ever made a costume before? How about ran in one?