Making Stuff: Snow White Running Costume Tutorial

by This is Carrie on October 11, 2011

Dressing up for any Run Disney race is an absolute MUST.  But for me, having a Disney running costume that is comfortable while I’m on the course is also a MUST.  Here’s how I put together my Snow White running costume for the Disneyland Half Marathon.

How to make a Snow White Disney running costume

Supplies: 1 Sparkle Athletic skirt in Golden Yellow (super lightweight and so comfortable).  1 running tank (got mine at Target), 1 yard of 1″ soft knit elastic, 2 yards each of 1 1/2″ blue ribbon & 1″ red ribbon (you’ll have some extra to play with), Cape & collar (optional).

Steps:

Measure around your upper arm. Cut 2 pieces of elastic to match that measurement. Sew elastic together in a circle. Be sure to sew the seam flat so there won’t be any chafing.

Cut 2 pieces of blue ribbon 9″ long

Cut 2 pieces of blue ribbon 10″ long

Cut 2 pieces of red ribbon 9″ long

Cut 2 pieces of red ribbon 10″ long

Cut 2 pieces of red ribbon 8″ long

Mark the middle of each piece of elastic. Pleat ribbon pieces and pin onto elastic as show in picture in the correct order of length. Sew with a zig zag stitch onto elastic.

Do the same on the second piece of elastic, but reverse the order of ribbon.

Pleat ribbon on other end and pin to tank, right sides together, matching 10″ blue ribbon to shoulder seam of tank and spacing out other ribbons on each side. There will be more ribbons toward the front of the tank then they back.  Sew.

Try on tank with “puff sleeves” and adjust length of ribbons if neccessary.

Adding the cape is a little more complicated but here is the general idea and shape of the pieces:

Once collar is sewn and cape is attached, try on tank to get proper placement and tack collar in place at front tips.

This tutorial & the project created is for personal use only & not for commercial use.

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IMarriedMrRogers October 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Very clever! This makes me want to do the Neverland run in January!

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Alecia@tincantreader October 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I can’t wait to see what your kids look like for Halloween!

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jessica @ Me Sew Crazy October 12, 2011 at 12:58 am

This is incredibly clever!!! We were just at disney when they had the big epcot night marathon, couldnt believe all the runners! You must have been one! Congrats :)

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Mile Posts by Dorothy Beal
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October 12, 2011 at 5:14 am

You are so talented!! I want to BE you when I grow up :)

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MorningT October 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I am training for the WDW full and wasn’t planning on a costume at all, BUT you are just too cute and this looks like something I may be able to create. LOVE IT! ;)
xo~
T

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Jess October 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm

This is so creative ! I love it. Awesome job!!!!

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Suzanne November 8, 2011 at 5:49 am

This is a fantastic blend of comfort and costume. Great!

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Tracy Wilson December 16, 2011 at 11:04 am

I love this! I am running the Disney princess in Feb and I want to be rapunzel. Any ideas? Your site is the best!

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Catherine January 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

YAY!! I love, love Snow White and have been trying to figure out a way to make the sleeves for the Disney Princess next month. I saw your picture on Team Sparkle blog and was sent here by those lovely ladies. I’m so, so excited!!! THANK YOU!!!

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Mandy June 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm

I have been trying to figure out how to make an Alice costume, yours are great!! Any suggestions?

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LaRee Reply:

I would do a light blue skirt and tank. Attache the ribbon sleeves like the ones she did for Snow White but to match your tank. You could add a small white collar if wanted. Then just do a simple white apron that would be just shorter than your skirt, that you could tie in the back. Here is the perfect skirt for it. http://store.runningskirts.com/azure-ultra-swift-skirt I got this one is yellow for Snow White.

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Mandy Reply:

Awesome!! Thanks!!

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Cherl September 4, 2012 at 7:41 am

Love this! I wanted a simple character costume that I can actually run in for a Halloween half marathon next month. This is PERFECT. Thank you for the tutorial!!

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Katie O'Hara September 5, 2012 at 9:33 am

Love the costume. It’s so simple but so fun.
Anyway you could go into greater detail on how to make the cape and collar? I’m trying to make a Malificent costume for 2013 Disney marathon and I think your pattern would work perfectly!

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Kellie September 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I pretty much repeat what Katie just said. Please more detail as to the collar and cape please, especially the fabric (or material(s) ) used to make the collar. Thanks!

Love the costume! :)

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this is carrie
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For the collar, I used a stiff costume satin with a heavy interfacing. The cape is made out of a super lightweight sparkle knit fabric. Using the knit allowed me to not have to hem the cape.

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Amy October 15, 2012 at 6:48 am

Can you please let us know what materials you used for the cape and collar?

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this is carrie
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For the collar, I used a stiff costume satin with a heavy interfacing. The cape is made out of a super lightweight sparkle knit fabric. Using the knit allowed me to not have to hem the cape.

One of these days, when I can find the time, I’ll try to trace the pattern and get it posted up here.

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Cherl October 26, 2012 at 7:05 am

Thank you for sharing your tutorial! I’m running a Halloween Half this weekend and will be making this for my race. So fun!

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Tammy January 5, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Just made this super cute costume for the Disney marathon on Jan 13th … Thanks so much for the awesome tutorial! It’s so comfortable too … Can’t wait to run in it. I love the ribbons on the arm, what a great idea! And … My boyfriend is going to be Prince Charming :) . Thanks again for such a wonderful costume idea!

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Alana January 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I’m in the process of sewing this right now for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February. I’ve already made both sleeves but now trying to figure out how to sew them to the tank. It’s hard figuring out how puffy to make them without actually wearing it and sewing them on at the same time. Looking like a 2-person job!
I bought really stiff interfacing to make the collar. Has anyone figured out measurements or a pattern for one that they can share?

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Carrie January 19, 2013 at 5:38 am

HI! I love your costume idea for Snow White! I am doing the Princess Half next month and wanted to know if I could “steal” your idea for my Snow White costume?

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This is Carrie
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Please steal away (just don’t sell it). That’s why I put the tutorial up! I want people to use it! Hopefully I’ll see you there. I’ll be dressed as R2D2!

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Carrie Reply:

thanks so much! I will be making it this weekend! :) and no worries, this is for my personal use only! so excited!!

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Carrie Reply:

R2D2? AWESOME!!!

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Mandy February 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I am in the process of trying to make this. I guess I will be the 3rd Snow White at the Disney Princess Half marathon this year. I absolutely love this.

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Jaime April 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I would love to know the measurements of your cape!! I’m trying to make one roughly the same size as yours in the photo (at least, it appears to be) to pin onto the shoulders of my race tank- but I’m not crafty and haven’t figured out exactly how to do it. Thanks!!!!!

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Carrie
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July 12, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Thank you so much for posting and sharing this!
I have shared your website with a few of the gals I run with in CA, and my sister in MN.
With a little luck and your tutorial I’ll be Snow White in the Disneyland Half in Sept.

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Annie Francis September 26, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I LOVE this! Snow White is my favorite Disney princess! I’m running my first 5K next month- The Monster Mash and Dash. We’re supposed to dress up like monsters but I was considering this anyway…..until I thought of using your ideas to make a Vampire Costume. I’ll just change the colors to mainly black w/ red trim and make the collar black. Thanks so much!
My plan is to run the Princess Half Marathon one day and when I do, I’ll be Snow White! :)

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Silvia December 21, 2013 at 9:56 am

Hi! I really liked your idea and I hope you don’t mind that I linked to this post from my blog at http://gfreerunning.com/2013/12/21/running-costumes-snow-white-part-one/

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Holly January 26, 2014 at 8:13 pm

I can’t possibly make this. I love it and would like to know how to buy one?!

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Sophia February 6, 2014 at 8:21 pm

I love this simple yet fancy costume. I’m good with the top. But can’t get the pattern for the collar right! Is the cape rounded at the bottom or just cut straight across? Thank you for sharing!

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