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Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! I sure did, as I got to participate in my 15th runDisney race! There's going to be a lot more about my experience at this year's Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend on Wednesday, but I got so many questions about my costume that I had to share how I made it. This race had a travel theme, and many people were dressing as something to do with food since it was "Wine and Dine" but I went completely different from the crowd and decided to go with my very first Marvel inspired costume! I ran as Thor, and it was honestly the funnest costume I've ever worn for a runDisney event! 

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I know a lot of you are headed out to Disneyland for their last race weekend before they go on hiatus for 2018, and the theme is Marvel, so if you're still in need of a costume, this one might be for you. The materials cost me about $20, and I already had the black tank top in my closet. 

The skirt is made from a stretchy nylon-type material. I found it at Joann Fabric, in the cosplay area. It's usually about $15 a yard, but I found one on sale and I had a coupon. I tend to over-buy material just in case I need extra for something or I make a mistake. This skirt takes about a yard and a half of fabric, and a yard or so of elastic. I bought a pattern for the skirt, which was about $3, but you can find easy YouTube videos on how to make your own pattern. I've made almost all of my running costumes with this pattern so it was money well spent. I followed the pattern and traced it onto the fabric, and sewed the skirt together. In all it took about an hour. 

The shirt is an old black tank top I had in my closet that I didn't wear anymore, but was perfect for the Thor costume. But you could probably find a plain black tank for about $5 somewhere. The silver material is the same as the black for the skirt. I made my own pattern design based on what Thor's outfit looks like. I free-hand drew the pattern onto white copy paper, then traced that pattern onto the silver fabric, and cut out the top piece. The silver strip was done with a ruler to keep lines straight and evenly spaced across. I hot glued these pieces onto the skirt. This took about 30 minutes. Then the back of the shirt had a red cape, made with a thin stretchy nylon material, similar to the skirt material but a lot less thick. I sewed this straight across the shoulder blade area of the shirt, which took about 10 minutes. 

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My headpiece is made from glitter paper I found at Michaels, which had a peel and stick backing, which I stuck to a piece of grey foam. I free-hand drew some wings and traced that onto the grey foam and cut two wings. Then I cut two small slits in each wing to put my headband through. This took about 10 minutes. 

The last piece of my costume is the hammer. My dad made that after I couldn't find one at Target. It was made with PVC pipe, and a cardboard box that he secured together. I then got a can of gunmetal colored spray paint to paint the top, and brown acrylic paint to paint the handle. This took about 45 minutes from start to finish. 

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All in all this costume was one of the easiest I've ever made, and it was so fun to wear at the race! I got so many compliments on it, and I will be wearing it again soon. If you plan on making this Thor costume for your next runDisney event let me know in the comments. Also be sure to follow me on Instagram to see all of my Disney adventures!

Be Magical Today!

-Megan 

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