Month: November 2014

Jedi Merida Cosplay – Part 1

Making my Merida cosplay was a fun project. I really wanted to attend the GR Comic Con as a Jedi, but I also liked the idea of making a Disney Princess inspired Jedi outfit after seeing some cool designs on Pinterest.

So I came up with my own design for Merida, I wanted it to be closer to the traditional Scottish style from the movie, Brave.

(click on any picture to see it larger)

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I started by making the pants, using a pair of my yoga pants as a pattern, same idea as making a pair of pajama pants. The fabric was sort of stretchy, but I didn’t want them as tight as leggings. The also have an elastic waistband.


The jacket was a little more complicated, I made it a kimono style with two seams, so using a napkin I figured out how to cut it then used muslin (which turned into the lining) to practice. Use your measurements to figure out the length/width you will need.

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My $3 a yard clearance linen fabric for the outside of the jacket.


To make the jacket sew the bottom arm seam and side seam in one go, repeat on other side (for both outer part and lining). Then pin together around all raw edges (except sleeves) and turn right-side out, fold and finish sleeves.

The lightsaber also presented a bit of a challange, since a bow and arrows are not Jedi-like I needed to modify a lightsaber. Ideally I would have made the whole thing, but I ran out of time and this was actually much cheaper (aka budget friendly)… since I painted it 3 days before the Con.

I took a plastic lightsaber (it used to make noise/light up but the battery door was missing and I don’t know if it worked or not). I chose a blue blade to represent the ‘wisps’ from Brave. I used 3 different colors of acrylic paint to paint a design following the basic pattern of Merida’s bow.

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I also made these accessories out of modeling clay, an arrowhead necklace (I put a chain through the hole to wear around my neck), and a buckle to put my sash through (not seen in the picture). The design was then painted on after baking.


My next post I will post details about how I made the skirt and styled the wig.


Stargazer Cowl


This cowl was so easy and only takes a couple hours to crochet.


It’s worked up with a bulky yarn and large hook, that gives it a nice loose pattern that drapes well and is nice and warm.



2-3 skein’s of Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in color of your choice (I used Dallas Grey)

Size S/35 Crochet hook (about 3/4 of an inch in diameter)

Tapestry needle (optional, using your hook to loop through works too if you don’t have a tapestry needle)

The Pattern:

Piece is worked flat then sewed up the side

Row 1: Chain 55 (or however many you want to make the diameter you would like. Just make sure it’s multiple’s of two plus one for your first row). Single crochet along first row starting in first chain from hook (54 stitches)

Row 2: Chain 2, half double crochet across starting in second stitch from chain (chain counts as 2 HDC)

Row 3: Chain 1, single crochet across starting in second stitch from chain (chain counts as SC)

Row 4: This is where you will start the star stitch pattern. Chain 3, pull up a loop in second chain from hook so you have two loops on your hook, pull up a loop in third chain from hook (three loops), pull loop from first stitch, second stitch, and third stitch from previous row, four, five then six loops. After you have six loops on your hook pull yarn through all six loops then chain one. This completes the first ‘star’. To finish the row: pull yarn through ‘eye’ of star, (two loops), then wrap the yarn around your hook (like your going to HDC) and pull up loop through the last ‘spoke’ of the previous star (four loops), pull up loop in next two stitches (six loops), and finish the same way as first star. Follow the instructions for the second ‘star’ to finish the row.

Row 5: Chain 3 (counts 1 HDC), make two HDC in each ‘eye’ of the stars along the row, and make one HDC in last stitch.

Here is a Youtube video I made to explain this better

Rows 6-7: Repeat rows 4 and 5

Repeat row 1-3

Repeat rows 4-7

Repeat rows 1-3

(end on a row of single crochet)

finish off, leaving a tail long enough to sew short ends together and you’re done! Enjoy your new cowl!