Mabel is a quirky, funny and artistic young girl who doesn't let other people get her down and always does what she loves regardless of what other people think! The first time I saw Gravity Falls I instantly fell in love with Mabel! She is the type of child I used to be, and admittedly is the type of person I would like to be again! She never lets anyone get her down and just has her own wonderful and unique style! This is a character I would certainly like to make more costumes of!
This costume was mostly made the way I would think a child would actually make it! Truth be told since I started school I have been really down on my own work and thinking everything needs to be completely perfect, so this costume was actually a bit of a mental health exercise in loving the mistakes and flaws of something. The only costume piece that was not made to the skill level of a small child were the braces. I wanted them to look as perfect as possible (and truth be told I kept thinking if you told child me I wanted braces again she would call you a lair) I was so happy with the beads I found for the braces and really really love how they turned out! Now I just need to figure out how to make them easier to wear so I can talk with them on XD The skirt and the base sweater were thrift shop finds, and I hand stitched on the shooting star. Actually I tried to stitch it on as sloppily as possible like a kid would (and every time I started stitching well I was hit with the plush shark XD ) A lot of the in show sweaters have visible stitching on them so I was trying to emulate that! I did my makeup to look like a kid and am really happy with how it turned out, and the hair is actually my real hair. That includes the hair in the hair topiary!
The hair topiary was actually done for a masquerade skit and was done entirely by using my own hair. It took me about an hour to do, and there is no support structure in it. All the things in it are held in only by hair itself. There is a hanger, some straws and pipecleaners, a brush and a tiny umbrella among other things, and actually throughout the day Merino kept putting more and more things in my hair so it just got better and better! I knew this was not a masquerade craftsmanship competition worthy, but I really wanted to do the masq just for fun. Sadly my masquerade performance went as badly as it possibly could. Not only did my music not play, they played someone else's sound over my entire skit which caused me to have to yell my lines over someone else's lines. I got so flustered by this that I actually forgot the key joke in my skit which just made it so terrible as a whole (which is why there is no video footage of it) The reference for my skit was however the opening of this short
For my next version of this costume I certainly plan on trying to knit my own sweater just like Mabel! I just need to pick which sweater I want to make!!
All photos by Kevin Chan, with the exception of the Greenroom photo. A huge huge thanks also goes to David, Merino and Ryan for helping with set up and just general awesomeness for the shoot! You guys made sure I could get soooo many of the awesome photo ideas I had, and I could not have done it without you~