WORKOUT – Ran outside 10.25 miles/1:22 hills, no music, more hills
So a lot of people asked how I made my Minnie Mouse costume for the Tinkerbell half marathon yesterday at Disneyland.
When I first decided to run the race, I knew I wanted to dress up so I first looked online for cheap Halloween-type princess costumes on sale, but everything was too expensive so I decided to make my own.
I didn’t know what to be so I Googled “homemade Disney character costumes”. I knew there’d be a ton of Tinkerbells so I thought about dressing up like Ursula or even a guy (it was like 99% women racing) just to be different, but in the end I decided on Minnie Mouse simply because it looked the easiest and I can’t sew. and I’d probably make a really ugly dude.
So I went to JoAnn Fabric and bought 2 yards of the red polka dot cotton fabric. It ended up being way too much and I probably could have just used one yard.
I folded it in half so it’d be thicker and then used Aleene’s No-Sew fabric glue to glue the edges under and together. This is when you should know how long you want the skirt to be. I prefer a little on the shorter side.
I bought the glue at JoAnn’s just because it was the cheapest brand, $2.99 but it worked great for everything.
I bought these trim sequin strips from JoAnns in white and red and just glued the strip to the bottom of the skirt.
The one thing is all the little extras add up: these sequins were a couple bucks for each foot and I bought a lot to trim everything out. Again, I could have bought less but didn’t know that at the time.
I basically wrapped the “skirt” around my waist and secured it with iron-on fabric tape which was like Velcro really. It was $4 for a package and it worked great. I also put a few safety pins in the skirt at the race just in case anything happened.
I bought the Target sports bra because I didn’t have a black one and I wanted one with a little more thickness and coverage to it. Then I glued on the sequin strip to it. I thought it might chafe me but didn’t at all.
The string under the Mickey ears was a lifesaver because it kept them on my head and didn’t move. I bought it at Party City for $5.99. They had ones with a cute white and red bow but were $10 so I just glued on a bow with red ribbon myself.
You can see the chin strap in this pic – super dorky
The gloves were a $2.99 Party City find and I glued on my leftover sequins.
I had a lot of leftover fabric which is why I made the armbands. I just tucked the fabric ends in and glued them.
Underneath the skirt I wore regular black pantyhose because Minnie’s legs are black and then I bought a pair of Target C9 booty shorts just for safety… didn’t want to be flashing Peter Pan.
I also had black Nike arm warmers that I wore. It ended up being perfect: I wasn’t hot or cold the whole race.
For some random reason I had an old pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 13s that didn’t have enough miles on them yet to get rid of so I bought a can of spray paint and went to town. I ended up using the whole can and these things were like concrete – stiff!
I thought they’d be really uncomfortable but they were fine, didn’t bother me at all and a lot of people asked me during the race where I bought my shoes.
And that’s it.
I’m going to keep everything in case I ever use it again. It was really fun to run in something different and unique and something that I actually made.
I’ve never intentionally run in only a sports bra but once I got over fighting with my love handles and made peace with them, it didn’t bother me.