Growing up my favorite princesses were Pocahontas and Jasmine so i knew when i ran the Wine and Dine half marathon i had to be one of them! Dressing up for the race was so much fun and i highly recommend it. I decided to go with my heart and run as Pocahontas!I tried on several costumes from our local party store and they were cute but i couldn’t imagine running 13.1 miles in faux suede and feathers- the sweat issues alone… gross! I foresaw the material stretching and peeling mid-race and me passing out from heat stroke… i may have overthought that a little. My solution: make an easy, breathable, affordable race costume (the day of the race- shhh!).
This is how i made my super easy, no-sew Pocahontas costume from 2 mens shirts, beads and a pair of scissors! If i can do it so can you!
The final product! You need to know what you’re getting into, right? 😉
What you need:
2 Tan-ish mens shirts (i’m 5’8″ and a size 8 and opted for an XL- length was my biggest concern)
Lastly, a willing friend or spouse to tie you together at the end 😉
- Cut the first shirt right under the armpit all the way across to the other armpit (this will be your skirt). Next cut off the bottom hem of the shirt (it will look like a giant O) this will be your belt. After it’s cut hold the skirt up to your waist where you would like it to hit and trim to the appropriate length. I wanted mine just above my knee so i wouldn’t have to worry about flashing anyone while i was running.
2. Set the Skirt aside and grab the other uncut shirt. This will be your top. Cut off the sleeves on a diagonal to make a halter but DO NOT cut into the collar. I liked staying about an inch away from the stitching in the collar to add stability to the neckline… this thing needs to stay up! Ok- that was the scariest make-it or break-it part. It’s all gravy from here on out!
3. Now that all the big cutting is done it’s back to the skirt! I reccomend starting all the detail work with the skirt because it’ll give you a chance to get really used to the cuts in a less visible place. So lets get that belt on!
4. Cut 1 inch vertical slits about 1.5 inches from the top of the skirt and 2.5 inches apart from one another all the way around. It’s good to have the slits spaced out so the fabric doesn’t weaken or tear with the belt.
5. Cut your seam from the bottom of your shirt in one place taking it from an “0” shape to a straight line. Then weave it through the slits you’ve made over and under until the two ends meet. This is where you will tie your knot to keep your skirt in place. I wanted mine to end on the side.
6. Next comes the tedious but rewarding fringe! Cut tiny slits in pairs just up from the bottom of your skirt. The pairs should be close together but not so close that the fabric between them will break when you tie the fringe on. And the pairs should be about 1/2 inch apart from one another. Continue all the way around the bottom of the skirt.
7. Take the cut off sleeves from earlier and cut them into strips to make your fringe. I found it helpful to give each strip a gentle pull at each end. It made the fabric curl under and hid any choppy cuts. Each fringe strip should be about 5 inches.
8. Tie the fringe around the middle of your pairs of slits. I single knotted and they stayed perfectly fine without stressing the fabric in the middle.
9. Do the same to the bottom of the shirt.
I wanted to mimic Pocahontas’ necklace so i made the fringe longer in the middle and shorter on the sides and attached blue beads to some of them. I tied a simple, tight knot at the bottom to hold the beads in place and they all stayed on the entire race! (by now you are definitely making fringe from your other shirt scraps, the sleeves only go so far.)
11. Now you will need to custom fit your shirt. Cut horizontal slits down the back of your shirt and then cut those in half as needed to tie together in order to make you shirt fit. After cutting the horizontal slits put your shirt on and enlist a trusted friend to tie the back.
My husband was kind enough to tie everything together. We did the same style slits and ties on each side of my waist as well. Doing just the back still left a lot of fabric but adding each side made a huge difference. These are things you may want to leave until you are ready to wear your costume. Mine came on and off well but it may be tricky depending on how tight you make your ties.
I also added beads to some of the fringe on the bottom of the shirt and skirt. I think it really made the outfit.
You’re Done!! Now hydrate and eat a banana- you’re about to RunDisney!!!
Here at Mission to Mouse we enjoy being a little bit different, and you know what? I only saw one other Pocahontas the entire race! In a sea of TinkerBells and Cinerellas that felt pretty nice. Most people knew i was Pocahontas. I did get a couple Tiger Lillie’s but i’m sure my hairstyle played into that. There is no way i could run with my hair down like Pocahontas! The girl’s got skills.
My favorite encouragement from a Castmember was “run with all the colors of the wind!” how hilarious is that?! It came somewhere in the 9 mile range when i really needed it, it made me laugh and was just enough of a boost to remind me there was beer waiting at the finish line 😉
If you have any questions please feel free to ask in the comments below.
This costume was adapted from Blogilates on Tumblr and tweaked to fit my size and style. Her post was a serious lifesaver for me!
Some bonus fun photos of the race night!
Before the race at drop off:
If you make one i want to hear all about it!! <3