A look at how I put together my Encanto Mirabel running costume:
I didn’t picture myself ever running Wine and Dine race weekend because I do so many other RunDisney events, but not only did I find myself there last year, I’m signed up to do the half marathon again this year!
So how did they suck me in?
The themes. When it was announced last year that they were doing a Soul-themed race for the half marathon, I had to do it. Soul is one of my favorite movies ever, and it doesn’t get much attention in the parks. I figured they would be unlikely to do another Soul-themed race (perhaps ever!) so this was my chance.
And this year, they’ve roped me in with an Encanto theme. Yes, I know everyone loves Encanto. But I have such positive memories of going to the movie theater the day it opened to see it and being blown away. Since it was headed to Disney+ less than a month after it came out, many people chose to wait and watch it at home, so I had to hang tight for a few weeks before the rest of the world got into the hype and they were finally singing about Bruno as much as I was.
As a lover of Encanto, it didn’t take much convincing to get me to sign up again this year. I’m working on my costume for the half marathon now, but I figured this would be a perfect time to share the costumes we did for the Springtime Surprise 10k back in 2022!
Here’s something about me – if I can help it, I actually try not to match the theme of the race weekend. I know many people plan to do that, but I’d rather be one of a handful of Mirabels at the “Race for the Taste” 10k than one of hundreds at the Wine and Dine half marathon. But for all of those who want to do Encanto costumes for this year (or any year in the future!), that means I can share my process!
My sister-in-law/awesome friend/fellow Disney nerd was also up for coordinating a costume with me, so she dressed as Luisa. She got the skirt and visor off of Etsy and then used a white running top (I added the ribbon detail for her!).
I’m not talented enough to make my costumes from scratch, but I do like to try and put together bits and pieces to assemble a costume myself rather than buying one. Nothing wrong with that of course, and there’s some amazing work out there for sale! I just like the challenge and fun of crafting. So most of what you’ll see me make starts with a base layer of a shirt/skirt/ etc. and then I add some details here and there.
Here’s how I put together my Encanto Mirabel running costume!
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For the top, I started with a shirt I got from Amazon and added some details to it. Normally I try to stick to running tops that are sweat wicking and all of that, but I wanted something with the off-the-shoulder look of Mirabel’s top. I ordered two different ones and tried them on, and found one more comfortable and felt it would be okay to run in (I tested it, too!). I do think that the style of the shirt is pretty important to Mirabel’s overall look.
For the skirt I went with a sparkle/sequined running skirt in turquoise/blue – I love these skirts for race costumes because they’re comfortable and easy to throw over a pair of shorts or leggings, and they’re a lot of fun!
So that’s the base… but to make it truly “Mirabel” I needed to add decorations! Her actual outfit in the movie has a lot of beautiful and colorful embroidery (she’s clearly more talented at things like that than I am). Since that’s not my forte, I came up with a few alternatives.
While she has all sorts of fun things on her skirt, there are a lot of flowers so I decided to mostly focus on that. I got an assortment of colored buttons shaped like flowers and used my very basic sewing skills to sew them on – mostly randomly just based on what I thought looked good and would represent her outfit. I put a lot on the skirt as well as some on the shirt, slightly mimicking the patterns on her actual costume.
One part of Mirabel’s costume which stands out a lot is the butterfly she has on her shirt. I had actually done a program where I work (as a children’s librarian) on Encanto and we made butterfly pins. So it only made sense to use my sample pin again for this! If you want the instructions for how I made them you can find that below (click to download the PDF version).
The last detail I felt it was important to add was the tassels to the bottom of the skirt. You could definitely buy some pre-made tassels and sew them on. I actually purchased a few sets of embroidery floss which I cut in half and attached.
So that was my costume in a nutshell, and then I just added a few touches to go along with the colors involved. I usually wear compression socks for my races, so I picked a pair I had which was a blue close to the color of the skirt. I also had an injury at the time which meant that I was wearing KT tape (or actually the off brand, OK tape which I prefer) on my thighs. Of course I had to pick coordinating colors in pink and green to go with the costume!
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