Though my love for Belle is limitless, I have to say that Meg has always been the gal who struck me as the most relatable. I’m more than convinced that we are – as Anne of Green Gables would say – kindred spirits. From her sharp, sarcastic wit, to her initial refusal to give Hercules the time of day, to her weak ankles, I’ve always identified with her most of the Disney girls and always felt it a grave mistake that the whole film is so underrepresented when it comes to merchandising. Although I had a whole slew of ideas when the lovely Zoe from Vance Clothing agreed to paint me a skirt, I finally settled on one of my favorite scenes of all time, Meg’s definitive “I Won’t Say I’m in Love.”
I’ve always loved that she’s quite obviously a romantic – just a romantic who respects her own well-being more than any sort damaging relationship that might get in her way. I love seeing the turmoil raging inside her during this song, and the brilliant muses (talk about underrepresented!) are the icing on the cake and the cherry on top. Plus, I asked Zoe to feature the muses when they’re shown as busts instead of full-body – a nod from the film toward the Haunted Mansion statues and an opportunity I couldn’t pass up!
So without further ado, I present to you her wonderful skirt in action!
And of course, I had to pair my skirt with my Hercules & Meg Disney pin 😉
Just check out those details on the skirt!
Aside from the adorable paint job, I was pleasantly surprised by what a full skirt Zoe sewed for me. Although I could have worn one, I opted out of any sort of petticoat today as I felt the voluminous material already had enough structure to give the same illusion. The skirt was sewn well and I have no worries that it will fall apart on me (as some custom items have made me feel). I will note that, as the design is painted on the fabric by hand, it’s definitely much stiffer than if it was a preconceived textile. It wrinkles much easier than plain fabrics, but that’s also part of what eliminates the need for a petti!
If you’d like to contact Zoe about a hand-painted skirt of your own, you can get in touch with her via her Instagram!
I can definitely feel an addiction coming on and have even contemplated painting some of my own skirts since there’s no way I could afford the whole slew of ideas I have!
Miss Lark Bahar