Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Disneyland 10K Outfit Reveal


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?


Unknown said...

WAY TO GO girl! This is an awesome costume and you put SO much love and design effort into it!

Danielle said...

Oh my goodness, this came out AWESOME! I'm still in the "t-shirt" costume phase...maybe one day I'll have to bust out a hot glue gun and attempt something creative!

Sarah said...

Love it!! Now I know how to do my 2 year olds Russell costume for Halloween!

Diana B said...

OMG Carlee this is beyond cute! You're gonna have such a great time.