Merida – Brave

This was made on a whim over a period of two weeks. The patterns were created by me from several yards of muslin. The dress itself is made from dark green wool, cream chiffon (for the ruffles), and cream coated leather cord. The cape is four yards of brown wool flannel. 

The wig was hand dyed, cut, and curled, a tedious process that took many hours. 

Despite the simplicity of this, it’s become one of my favorite costumes. 

You can learn about how it was made in the two posts below 

Part 1: Drafting and Dress Beginnings 

Part 2: Ruffles and Wigs

I also have two posts filled with photos of this costume. 

Merida – Fall Photos 

Merida – Forest Photo Shoot





16 responses to “Merida – Brave

  1. sandra clayton

    August 6, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Love the red wig — a very lengthy production I bet. As always enjoy reading about the progress of each costume. Like the new one

  2. davidbruceblog

    November 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Posted a few of your deviant art photos with credit and links here:

    Your cosplay is fantabulous.

  3. zoe

    November 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm


  4. sofia comparini

    February 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Do you sell your work?? I produce theatre and love what you are doing! Please let me know.

  5. Meghan

    June 9, 2014 at 10:03 am

    You are so amazing! Merida is my favorite princess ever and I think your cosplay of her is the best I have ever seen! I’ve looked at some of your other work to and may I just say you must be magic! You are such a wonderful seemstres!

  6. ggysblog

    October 9, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Lovely just lovely 🙂

  7. Crystal Cook

    December 7, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I want to make my hair this EXACT Color and wanted to know what color you used to dye the wig ? ? ?

    • Angela Clayton

      December 7, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      I used alcohol based dyes which can’t be used on human hair, sorry!

  8. Amanda hibbs

    September 11, 2015 at 2:10 am

    Very clever with the wig!!! Honestly I bet after the con it looked more natural and frazzled true to Merida and this is the best Merida I have seen- bar my daughter’s cause she is four and I’m boast towards my flesh and blood lol 😉 (so rephrase best adult Merida)…unfortunately it was an Amazon buy for Halloween wig and all. I’m gonna alter it when she grows out of it and use the right fabric and length and any suggestions on a whimple? Yes it’sThat dress so it’s supposed to be a bit girly thanks to queen elenore

  9. Diena Cameron

    October 12, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Absolutely beautiful ❤ Very talented ❤

  10. Alex Dean

    February 17, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    This is most accurate merida from brave I’ve seen. Very detailed


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