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It’s hard to believe that the month of March has come to a close! I’m really proud of myself for putting together 20 different outifts for this year’s #disneyboundchallenge. I am planning a wrap-up post, but before I do that, here is a recap of the last set of prompts! I think I finished pretty well– I participated in six out of the ten.

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Day 22: Animal Kingdom (I love Animal Kingdom, but I just didn’t get an outfit put together for this day’s prompt)

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Day 23: Cinderella

“A dream is a wish your heart makes…” ― Cinderella 

This was a very last-minute ‘bound– I love Cinderella and I didn’t want to miss this prompt!  This was the only outfit I put on and photographed on the same day as the challenge: all the other outfits had been photographed at least a day or two before the prompt date! I pulled out an old ‘bound from when I first went to Walt Disney World as an adult in 2016, which was also the first time I ever tried Disneybounding.  

top: purchased for my very first Disneybounding in 2016
ribbon choker: made by me for my very first Disneybounding in 2016
headband: fabric cover made by me using the MMMcrafts tutorial!
earrings: gift from my sister-in-law when I was a bridesmaid in her wedding

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Day 24: Muppets Haunted Mansion (I skipped this one…)
Day 25: Main St. USA (…and this one)

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Day 26: Characters from films that have won awards

“They’d find out there’s so much more to me.” ― Aladdin
Aladdin won 2 Oscars in 1993: for Best Original Song: “A Whole New World” and for Best Original Score

This was a ‘bound I came up with sometime last summer, and I knew it would fit into this challenge somewhere! I looked up Aladdin, and sure enough, it had won awards!

It’s a bit subtle, but I chose to wear these rhinestone-covered flip-flops as a nod to the treasure Aladdin finds in the Cave of Wonders and the riches Genie grants him as Prince Ali Ababwa.

top- from my closet
shorts – Blank Slate Patterns Garnet Shorts (<–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
necklace – re-strung vintage beads from my mom
bracelet – from my closet
sandals – from my closet

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Day 27: Red carpet ready (Disney, but make it fancy)

“Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?” ―Pocahontas

Okay, so this ‘bound absolutely felt like the most daring one I’ve ever done. Originally, I thought I would skip it entirely, since it didn’t really fit with my stated goals for this challenge (specifically, to create only outfits that I would literally be willing to wear in everyday life), but on a whim, I put out a “wish” on our local Buy Nothing group page to see if anyone had a gown they were willing to give/loan me. To my surprise, a neighbor offered an old bridesmaid gown she’d been given, and I decided to try it out. Full disclosure: the gown didn’t entirely fit me (there’s a reason you don’t see my back!), but it was close enough for a fun challenge. This isn’t a color that I would choose for myself normally, but I could imagine how I could stretch it to be a Pocahontas-inspired formal look! I wanted to spice it up a bit, so I spent about 30 minutes adding by hand turquoise-colored glass beads to the existing embroidery+sequins.

gown – given to me by a neighbor in our Buy-Nothing group; I added the turquoise-colored glass beads to the embroidery and sequins that were already on it
necklace – given to me by a neighbor in our Buy-Nothing group
bracelet – from my closet

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Day 28: Kingdom Hearts

You got heroes standing right in front of you.” ― Donald Duck

I’ve never played Kingdom Hearts, but Husband did a long time ago, and I remember being intrigued by it! I loved that Donald was the royal magician in the game, one of the main characters! so I decided to do a Donald Duck ‘bound. (It’s different from the one I did last year!) I’ve gotta say, even though I’m definitely not a video game player, I am seriously contemplating trying out the old copy of Kingdom Hearts we still have!

blouse – Tilly & the Buttons Mimi (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (
Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
belt – from my closet
necklace – Make it Minnie “Second Star” 
shoes – from my closet

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Day 29: Walt Disney World Hotels and/or Resortwear (I skipped this one because I didn’t have any good ideas!)

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Day 30: Adventureland

“You ain’t never had a friend like me!”  ― Genie

This was another outfit that I’d put together long before this year’s challenge prompts were released. I loved how it all came together, so I made sure to fit it in with one of the prompts! It’s the third time I’ve worn this denim skirt; the skirt is definitely one of my wardrobe staples. This denim one was the first I made from this pattern, and I’ve made three more since, and I have another one cut out and ready to sew!

top – Blank Slate Patterns Blanc tee with ruffle sleeve hack (<–affiliate link, but note that you can get this pattern for free in the Blank Slate Patterns Facebook group!) (see my original post HERE)
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (
Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
belt – from my closet
necklace, earrings, bracelet – from my closet
shoes – from my closet

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Day 31: Disney Fab 50 statue characters

“Goody, goody!” ― Daisy Duck

I will admit that this is not my favorite of this month’s ‘bounds… but I definitely wanted to try it out when I realized that I had the pieces to do a Daisy look. I think in the future, I’d like to try to add a belt– maybe a cute bow belt. I think Daisy would approve of that!

top – given to me by a neighbor in our Buy-Nothing group
skirt – @tillybuttons Delphine skirt (#oldmakenewpic)
necklace – gift from a friend
bracelet, earrings – from my closet
shoes – from my closet
hair ribbon – borrowed from my daughter!

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My next post will be a wrap-up of the whole month, complete with nerdy statistics about my outfits… and a few of my thoughts as the challenge ends!

P.S. Read about my thoughts coming into this month’s challenge HERE.

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Note:  Occasionally, my links are affiliate links (namely Amazon Associates and Blank Slate Patterns).  I always identify the affiliate links in my posts.  You will not pay anything extra by using them, but they provide me with a tiny commission should you purchase something from those sites using my link!

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As I mentioned in my previous blog post, my participation in the #disneyboundchallenge slowed way down after the first nine days. I definitely still have outfits to share, but I can’t keep up with the every-single-day posting. Also, I started running into roadblocks of not having the outfit pieces, even if I had ideas.

That being said, I did participate in four out of the next seven days! Here are the outfits and some commentary.

Day 8: Women of Marvel

“What? I’m invested.” ―Darcy Lewis

How could I possibly resist ‘bounding as a sassy astrophysicist?! I really enjoy the Marvel superhero movies and shows, and my husband and I were brainstorming options for ‘bounding. As soon as we hit on Darcy Lewis, I knew it had to be her.

cardigan – given to me by a neighbor in our Buy-Nothing group
top – from my closet 
pants – from my closet
hat – borrowed from a friend
scarf – crocheted by my mom (long ago)
necklace – even though you can’t see it in these photos, it was a Second Star necklace from Make it Minnie
glasses – usually only worn at night! 😉

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Day 9: Fantasyland

Flynn Rider: Here’s your pan, here’s your frog.
Rapunzel: Chameleon.
Flynn Rider: Nuance.

Tangled

My very favorite little spot in Fantasyland is this view of Rapunzel’s tower.  It’s a quiet and pretty little place to take a rest.  I love that Pascal’s friends are hidden around the little brook! 

blouse – Blank Slate Patterns Abrazo tee (<–affiliate link) sewn for this challenge with fabric gifted to me from a neighbor in our local Buy Nothing group! I used a slash-and-spread technique to modify the sleeve piece to add the puff!
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE—seriously, I wear this skirt so often!!
shoes – from my closet
necklace – Fantasyland necklace, a gift from my husband last year

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Day 10: Alice in Wonderland (I skipped this one…)

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Day 11: Pixar

“Ah, if anyone needs me, I’ll be whimpering softly to myself.” ―Fear (Inside Out)

I was so excited when I realized that the skirt I’d sewn for my Colette ‘bound would work for Fear, as well! I would never have thought to combine black and navy on my own (isn’t there some sort of fashion “rule” about that??), but I really like how it looks in this outfit.

cardigan – from my closet (handed down from a friend)
top – Blank Slate Patterns Texana Tank (<–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
belt – from my closet (purchased HERE
<–affiliate link)
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) — sewn for this challenge from repurposed curtain fabric! this is its second appearance)
shoes – from my closet
necklace – gift from a friend
hair ribbon – borrowed from my daughter

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Day 12: Disney Pirates

“I’ll get you for this, Pan, if it’s the last thing I do!” ―Captain Hook


I requested dark red tops (a jacket, a cardigan, etc.) from my local Buy Nothing group for this look. And my generous neighbors provided me with two options– a heavy red plaid flannel shirt and a maroon hoodie! I decided to post them both and for fun did a little poll in my Instagram stories for people to vote for their favorite “Hook Look”– grunge Hook or athleisure Hook. Not many people actually voted, but at the end of 24 hours, grunge Hook had won with 75% of the (eight! ha) votes. I will say I was a little surprised, but maybe I was biased, since the hoodie is so super soft and comfortable.

P.S. This is another one of the few bounds this month with no handmade items

plaid shirt – given to me by a neighbor in our Buy-Nothing group
hoodie – given to me by a neighbor in our Buy-Nothing group
scarf – from my closet (handed down from a friend)
white top – from my closet 
pants – from my closet
shoes – from my closet

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Day 13: Luca (I skipped this one because I haven’t seen the movie!)

Day 14: Frontierland (I skipped this one because I couldn’t figure out an outfit! I’d considered ‘bounding one of the Country Bears…)

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Stay tuned for my next roundup of days 15-21!

P.S. You can follow my ‘bounding this month in “real time” on Instagram: @natalie.strand

P.P.S. Read about my thoughts coming into this month’s challenge HERE.

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Note:  Occasionally, my links are affiliate links (namely Amazon Associates and Blank Slate Patterns).  I always identify the affiliate links in my posts.  You will not pay anything extra by using them, but they provide me with a tiny commission should you purchase something from those sites using my link!

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The 2022 March #Disneybound challenge is off to a great start for me! I am surprised and impressed with myself that I was able to post straight through these first seven days (and beyond! …but that will be in the next installment of this series…). I’m not going to keep up this streak throughout the entire month, but I’ve been enjoying the momentum here at the beginning. I’m also loving seeing all the different interpretations of the prompts! It’s a huge community out there, and so welcoming!

Here are my outfits for the first seven days, with a bit of commentary.

Day 1: Princess and the Frog

“I was… listen, I was confused by the topography and… the geography and choreography…” ―Louis

My original idea for this ‘bound was Ray (the firefly), and this olive green cardigan was the only purchase I plan to make for this #disneyboundchallenge. After I showed my husband and kids, they said my outfit actually reminded them more of Louis! It wasn’t hard to pivot– I added a necklace with a treble clef charm (a gift from my parents long, long ago), and this outfit was complete. It is super comfortable, and I’ve already worn it “in real life” after taking these photos.

dress – Blank Slate Patterns Bexley Dress (<– affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
sweater – purchased for this challenge (on clearance for $7!)
treble clef charm – from my parents long, long ago

shoes – handed down from my mom

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Day 2 – In a galaxy far, far away

“You don’t have to look tough to be tough.” ―Ahsoka Tano

Ever since my Husband and I started watching Clone Wars together, I’ve been wanting to do a ‘bound of Ashoka. This is her Season 1 look, and I decided to simply color block the dark red and white portions of her outfit. I twisted a blue and white scarf borrowed from my mom to tie around my head as a headband to imitate her lekku. The earrings were just the perfect touch to imitate the jewelry she wears!

top – from my closet
shorts – Blank Slate Patterns Garnet Shorts (<–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
scarf – borrowed from mom!
earrings – gift from my husband a number of years ago

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Day 3 – EPCOT

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!” ―Mary Poppins

A lovely interaction with Mary Poppins in the United Kingdom Pavilion of the EPCOT World Showcase inspired this ‘bound. I already had the white skirt I’d sewn for my R2D2 ‘bound back in 2020, but I didn’t have a white blouse! I quickly sewed one up, and it’s going to appear in at least 2 more outfits this challenge.

I went to our local mall before stores opened to take these photos near the carousel. I got about 10 pictures before a security guard came by and told me photography wasn’t allowed in the mall…. but that my outfit was cute! I was there for less than 5 minutes!

blouse – Tilly & the Buttons Mimi (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) — sewn for this challenge!!
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (
Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
belt – from my closet (red belt<–affiliate link)
shoes – from my closet (handed down from my mom)
vintage-style lamps and phonograph charms – gift from a friend many, many years ago 
parasol – a toy from when I was small!

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Day 4: Encanto

“It’s pressure like a drip, drip, drip that’ll never stop, whoa…” ―Luisa Madrigal

I never thought I’d manage to catch a jumping pic, but the shutter timing was just right on this one, haha!  I was thinking of Luisa bounding though the clouds with the donkeycorns…

blouse – Tilly & the Buttons Mimi (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) — sewn for this challenge!! This is its second appearance!
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) (see my original post HERE)
shoes – from my closet
necklace – re-strung vintage beads from my mom
earrings – gift from neighbor via our local Buy Nothing group

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Day 5: Fantasmic!

“Oh boy!” ―Mickey Mouse

This is one of the few bounds this month with no handmade items!

top – from my closet 
pants – from my closet (handed down from a friend)
shoes – from my closet

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Day 6: Pixar

“Mark of a chef—messy apron, clean sleeves.” ―Colette Tatou (Ratatouille)

I had the idea for this ‘bound, but when I started planning, I had neither a white blouse that fit, nor any kind of houndstooth or checked bottoms. I tried asking in my local Buy Nothing group for any sort of houndstooth item… and then I spotted this black and white check fabric in my giveaway bin.

Quite a while ago now, a woman at our church who was moving away offered me a gigantic bin of leftover fabric from her sewing room as she packed. Among the items in the bin were two sets of black-and-white check curtains, heavy twill, but severely faded from sun exposure. I had set them aside to give away or toss, but hadn’t gotten to it yet. When I was hoping to find some sort of check/houndstooth for this outfit, I picked them up and realized that they were double-layered, and if I turned the fabric inside-out, it was unfaded! I immediately got to work on this skirt, and I love how it turned out. (And after I made it, I realized that it fits perfectly into another Disneybound outfit that I put together for later in the month!)


blouse – Tilly & the Buttons Mimi (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) — sewn for this challenge!! This is its third appearance!
skirt – Tilly & the Buttons Delphine (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) — sewn for this challenge from repurposed curtain fabric!)
shoes – from my closet
necklace – pendant made from a dollhouse frying pan, originally for my 2016 Rapunzel ‘bound

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Day 7: Princesses vs. Villains

“You want thingamabobs? I got twenty!” ―Ariel

This is another of the few bounds this month with no handmade items! This one is based on inspiration for a ‘Bounder I follow throughout the year (@boundingonabudget) who posted quite a while ago about how sometimes you can choose to ‘bound just from the waist up! I was lamenting that I didn’t have any green bottoms that fit (I’ve become a big fan of colorful pants and skirts through Disneybounding!) when I realized that I had both of Ariel’s main colors as tops. Layer them up– perfect!

tops – from my closet
pants – from my closet
necklace – souvenir shell pendant from Corsica
earrings + ribbon – borrowed from my daughter!

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Stay tuned for my next roundup of days 8-14!

P.S. You can follow my ‘bounding this month in “real time” on Instagram: @natalie.strand

P.P.S. Read about my thoughts coming into this month’s challenge HERE.

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Note:  Occasionally, my links are affiliate links (namely Amazon Associates and Blank Slate Patterns).  I always identify the affiliate links in my posts.  You will not pay anything extra by using them, but they provide me with a tiny commission should you purchase something from those sites using my link!

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Lately I’ve been excited about sewing again (I went through a bit of a slump last year, even though I did sew a number of things!), and combined with the fact that I’m in need of some more long-sleeved items, I’ve been in the mood to MAKE things! Right on the heels of sewing my ruffle-sleeved Rivage Raglan, I cut out this purple Denver Dress from Blank Slate Patterns (<–aff link)! The Denver was a featured pattern a few months ago, and so I acquired the pattern, because the makes that were being shared were so fantastic! I love dresses, so I’ve been trying to add casual, everyday dresses to my wardrobe. That’s particularly tricky for cold weather seasons, but the Denver is absolutely perfect.

This royal purple knit yardage was a gift from a neighbor through our local Buy Nothing Group. I had hoped to have enough to include the cowl option, but even with some very careful pattern piece placement, I was going to have to make a choice: 2 sleeves or a cowl. Sleeves won. haha!

I’m one of the few who doesn’t always want pockets (::gasp::) but I LOVE the lines and interest that these pockets add to this dress. They are so fantastic.

This dress is fun and comfortable to wear, and with the princess seaming, there is so much colorblocking potential. This will not be my last Denver!

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Ever since I made my sea-green floral Joni dress, I’ve had the leftover fabric on my shelf. I knew I wanted to make a shirt, and last week, I made it happen. With some careful placement of the pattern pieces, I was able to eke out a Blank Slate Rivage Raglan (<–affiliate link)— and I was even able to add circular ruffles to the sleeves! I love using up as much of my fabric as I possibly can!

This top is so comfortable. I love the extra little flair that the ruffles of the sleeve add!

I decided to cut the front straight across the hem, rather than the slight upward curve of the pattern as written. I’m still debating whether I like this or not. I did leave the downward curve on the back hem. I like that I can wear the top without tucking it in…

…but that it also looks great tucked in! Here I’m wearing it with my denim Delphine skirt.

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For Christmas, I made my daughter a new bathrobe!

She really needed one; she was still wearing one that I’d made for her in 2015… and she’s quite a bit taller these days, haha!

I decided to do some hacking and use the Blank Slate Sora cardigan (<–affiliate link) as my starting point. I used a size larger than my daughter’s measurements indicated so that it would have a more oversized fit. I’d seen Melissa’s tutorial on converting the Sora cardigan into a “grandpa” sweater, so I used the same steps to straighten the side seams and remove the gussets. I also added 12″ of length to bring the hem long enough to cover her legs past her knees. I added loops at the side seams for a belt (in retrospect, they should be higher, but I was guessing, since this was a surprise!). Finally, I widened and lengthened the sleeves instead of using the cuff piece.

There’s a funny story about this fabric. I was given this fleece yardage by a neighbor, but I didn’t realize that they had a cat (or maybe more than one!). I prewashed the fleece as per my usual habit, and spent an hour or so one evening cutting out all the pieces. The next morning, I woke up feeling very sniffly and exhausted. Of course, I worried that I was sick, but it felt more like allergies. Christmas was approaching quickly, so after taking a nap to fortify myself, I headed back to the sewing machine to get going on construction. I powered through about three-quarters of the way through the project (sniffling and sneezing the entire time) before realizing that I was occasionally seeing a cat hair in my fabric– and that perhaps I was having an allergic reaction! That explained everything. I stopped sewing, took allergy medication (which makes me so sleepy in and of itself!), and was good for nothing the rest of the evening. But I had to finish the robe before I could wash it again! The next morning, I will admit I was feeling some trepidation. I did NOT want to have another day of allergy-induced stupor, but I really wanted to finish the project. I put on one of my masks and was able to finish the robe without any more complications! I washed it twice before wrapping it for my daughter to open on Christmas morning!

Thankfully there have been no more allergy incidents, and my daughter is loving her cozy new robe!

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Our daughter dressed as Princess Zelda from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

We found some amazing reference images from a book of concept art (aff link), and those images gave some great insight into the layers we needed to create.

We used ready-to-wear leggings and boots on her lower half, and we spent our energy creating the layers on her upper half.

The first layer was a blouse with lantern sleeves, and I used the Blank Slate Bookworm Button Up (aff link) as my starting point. The main hacks I made were to the collar and sleeves. Zelda has a tall collar closed with a single round button, so to create that effect on my daughter’s blouse, I increased the height of the collar stand and omitted the collar pieces altogether. I was pleased with how easy it was! Since there is no visible placket on the character’s blouse (fantasy means no practical concerns such as how you put on a garment!), I added hidden snaps between the placket layers.

I used a modified version of the Melly Sews lantern sleeve hack: instead of inserting a rectangle, I used a trapezoid shape. That resulted in an ungathered seam at the elbow and an asymetric blousing effect at the cuff. I stitched the gathers to wide elastic and then covered the elastic with a cuff made from the same knit as the jacket. If I were to do this again, I would omit the elastic and just stitch the gathers into a cuff!

The middle layer was a jacket effect. Since there were no visible closures (again!) and raglan sleeves on Zelda’s, I decided to use the Blank Slate Rivage Raglan (aff link) as my base pattern and an aqua knit I found in the clearance section of G Street Fabrics. After making a quick trial version from scrap knit, I added 2″ of height toward the neckline on the back and sleeve sections, drew the notches in the hemline and sleeves, and modified my pattern pieces. After I cut and assembled the new hacked pieces, I started adding the gold trim. Let me tell you, lamé bias tape is no joke to work with! I also realized only after I’d opened my packages that I’d purchased single-fold bias tape, rather than double-fold! It was an adventure, but I took it slowly, stitching it on with a long stitch length in clear thread (and just plain white in the bobbin). (I will admit that this costume was an exercise in not letting perfection be the enemy of the good…).

I cut the decorative shape at the neckline from craft foam, painted it with a few coats of metallic gold paint, and attached it at the front, behind which the gold crosspieces are pinned in place: I wanted to have enough room for her to get her head in and out!.

The outermost layer is a corset effect (velcro closure in the back), which I constructed from scratch. I added batting and quilted the design, adding the top bands of gold trim over a strip of aqua fabric to match her jacket layer. Husband created the “leather” belt from craft foam. He scored and heated it to give the effect of leather tooling before painting it brown and giving it a wash of black paint for further depth.

He also created the Triforce medallion from layers of craft foam and painted the details with metallic gold paint. We simply hot-glued it in place!

The final touch was her hairstyle! I have no idea why I have not used YouTube for braiding tutorials before–now this has opened a whole new can of worms, haha! THIS video was the perfect tutorial for this cute headband braid style: I learned some new tricks, and we’re excited to keep trying some more in the future.

We got some absolutely beautiful (if I do say so myself) photos of our daughter acting as Zelda during our photoshoot at the pumpkin patch…

Summary of patterns:
blouse: Blank Slate Bookworm Button Up* (hacked)
jacket layer: Blank Slate Rivage Raglan* (hacked)
corset: made from scratch
leggings, boots: ready-to-wear

*affiliate link

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My children talk almost nonstop about their progress playing through The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! Since they love the game so much, it was the perfect source for costume inspiration. Without further ado, I present Link and Zelda from Breath of the Wild!

Our son specifically requested to wear Link’s Zora armor, which is what his character in the game was wearing at the time we decided on our costumes.

The costumes were a collaboration between Husband and me: he made all the foam accessories (Link’s armor pieces and brooch, Zelda’s belt and Triforce medallion, and the Sheikah slates), while I focused on the fabric pieces (and I made Link’s beaded bandolier).

During our photo shoot at a nearby pumpkin patch, they had a really great time getting into character and acting out scenes for the camera.

I’m thrilled with the costumes, and I think our children are, too!

I will do separate posts (Zelda, Link) with details for each costume and one for the Sheikah slates, but until then, here is a list of the patterns I used:

Zelda:
blouse: Blank Slate Bookworm Button Up* (hacked)
jacket layer: Blank Slate Rivage Raglan* (hacked)
corset: made from scratch
leggings, boots: ready-to-wear

Link:
shirt: Simplicity 1030 (hacked)
scale jacket: Shwin and Shwin Mr. Postman (hacked)
pants: Simplicity 1030 (lengthened)
belt, shoes: ready-to-wear

*affiliate link

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When Melissa asked me if I’d like the opportunity to sew up one of her new fabrics through Riley Blake, I jumped at the chance!!

I sewed up the sunshiny-golden geometric print into a Bexley dress from Blank Slate Patterns (<– aff link). This cotton-spandex knit is so soft and the perfect weight for the dress. Ask your favorite fabric shop to stock this line– it’s gorgeous and includes rayon challis and knits!

I feel like I’m wearing sunshine when I wear this dress!

Thank you, Melissa!

disclosure: I was gifted this fabric in exchange for sewing it into a Blank Slate pattern. All opinions are my own!

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Last August, I started this pair of white Garnet Shorts (affiliate links used where available, at no cost to you, but I may earn a small commission!). As soon as I finished my denim pair, I knew I wanted to make a white pair. I got them fully constructed, but when I tried to buy buttons, there were only 9 at the store, not the 12 I needed! The buttons were on backorder, and got lost in the shuffle of restocking after COVID-related supply chain issues. I finally acquired the rest of the buttons I needed, just in time for a warm and sunny spring break this March!

I used the same pattern pieces as my denim version, but I adjusted the front rise length a bit more. However, the biggest modification that I made was to fully line them. The white twill (from my stash) was going to be just a bit too sheer for shorts, and so I used white cotton (also from my stash) as the lining layer.

To add my lining: I constructed the outer layer (front and back, including pockets) as written, but stopped before adding the bias binding. I then taped my pocket pattern piece to the front pattern piece to cut my front lining pieces, and constructed my lining layer with no pockets. I stitched my outer layer and lining layers right sides together, understitched as far as possible, turned them right side out, and topstitched the finished edge. From this point, I followed the written pattern instructions to attach my waistband and finish the shorts.

I love the vintage vibe from these shorts, and I know I will get a lot of use out of this pair! For my first outfit, I decided to put together a Donald Duck Disneybound look–

why yes, I did wear a yellow mask… too “on the nose?” ::wink, wink!::

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