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As the March 2022 Disneyboundchallenge comes to a close, I decided to do a wrap-up post to reflect on how it went… and it includes some nerdy statistics because, well, I’m a nerd!

At the end of February, I shared some thoughts and goals for the month. All of those thoughts are just as true at the end of the month now as they were then!

I managed to complete 20 of the 31 prompts, which felt like a pretty good achievement for my second time ever participating! There were more days that I wish I could have participated (after all, I am a completionist/perfectionist), but even though I had a spreadsheet to keep me on track and had taken a number of the days’ photographs ahead of time, I still didn’t have the time or energy… or sometimes the outfits!

My goal was to create only outfits that I would actually wear in “real life,” and I think that I really stuck to that goal. Perhaps in “real life” I would leave off an accessory or two… or maybe even add a couple more! There were times that I could have upped my game in terms of the little details, especially with the accessories, but overall, I am proud of the outfits I put together– and I will definitely be wearing them again, especially as the weather gets warmer.

The one exception to the “real life” outfits was the Red Carpet prompt… Even though I have no occasions in the foreseeable future in which I will get to wear any outfit as dressy that, I am really pleased that I went for it. I was so thankful to the neighbor who gave me a hand-me-down bridesmaid gown to use… and I’m proud of myself for being brave to take– and post!!– the photos.

I learned a lot about taking photos of myself, especially regarding posing: what poses are flattering, which ones are not. Most notably, I discovered that when I’m lighthearted about it– even silly!– I get some of my favorite photos. There were days where it was hard to think about getting in front of the camera, but I think this was a useful “exercise” in having a positive attitude toward the way I look to myself. That being said, I did hit a point about mid-month at which I hit a limit. It was almost like I had spent too much time in front of the camera just posing. I’m glad that I overcame that hurdle, because that meant that I got the photos for Pocahontas and Cinderella!

So how about some of those statistics?

About the photos…

  • I completed and posted 20 of the 31 prompts, and since I did two looks for Hook, I put together 21 outfits for this challenge.
  • I took photos for 19 of the 20 prompts in advance of the day they would post; 8 outfits were photographed before March began.
  • I photographed 7 outfits in one day on March 8 (Fear, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Kim Possible, both Hook looks, and Indiana Jones)!
  • The very first outfit I photographed was Mickey Mouse!
  • The last outfit I photographed was Cinderella!
  • I photographed all the looks by myself with a camera, tripod, and remote shutter release except for Pocahontas. My husband helped me up the hill and into the trees and maneuvered the tripod for most of those shots.
  • My husband helped me choose the photos for 20 of the 21 looks. He is wonderfully supportive and encouraging.

About the outfits…

  • I purchased only one item for this challenge (an olive green duster cardigan), and it cost about $8.
  • 14 of 21 outfits included at least one handmade item. (In addition, I added beads to the ready-to-wear gown for the Pocahontas look.)
  • I sewed three garments particularly for this challenge: the chameleon top, the white blouse, and the black-and-white checked skirt. All three of those items were sewn with fabric I already had on hand– and all of that fabric had been handed down to me!
  • 7 of 21 outfits included at least one item that was given to me by a neighbor in our local Buy Nothing group (this counts the chameleon fabric that I turned into a top!).
  • The white blouse that I sewed ended up being in 4 outfits!
  • The checked skirt that I sewed ended up being in 2 outfits!
  • Three of the outfits were what I would call “waist-up” ‘bounds, inspired by a post by @boundingonabudget in February 2021. All of the character-inspired parts were on my top half, and I wore just plain black slacks or some other neutral on my lower half. Therefore, most of those photos are just from the waist up.
  • I wore my yellow shoes for 4 different ‘bounds!

Thanks for reading all of my musings and nerdy analysis of this month’s adventure in creating a magical wardrobe!

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For more details on the individual outfits, have a look at these posts:

Days 1-7
Days 8-14
Days 15-21
days 22-31

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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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I will admit, I’ve lost a lot of steam on this challenge. At this point, I haven’t been adding to the number of prompts I prepared– I’m just posting photos that I had already prepared beforehand or earlier in the month. There are a number of reasons for this, but I won’t go into them here. I have been enjoying seeing others’ interpretations of the prompts, and I am still amazed and delighted that so many people actually stop by and see my posts on Instagram!

Day 15: Disney+ (I skipped this day. I had lots of ideas but not enough time or wardrobe items on hand.)

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Day 16: The Great Movie Ride

“Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?” ―Indiana Jones

I took these photos at the end of a day when I’d managed to photograph seven different outfits! By this point, I was feeling pretty silly, and so I “acted” more in these pictures than normal, and I actually love how they turned out!

P.S. I’m actually fine with snakes, as long as I’m not startled by them!

blouse – Tilly & the Buttons Mimi (Love at First Stitch book <–affiliate link) —sewn for this challenge; this is its fourth(!!) appearance!!
skirt – from my closet
shoes – from my closet
snake – borrowed from my son

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Day 17: Going Green

“What’s the sitch?” ―Kim Possible

For some reason, Kim Possible was the first character who is/wears green that popped into my head, and since I’d recently been gifted some soft olive green pants from a neighbor, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head until I had put the outfit together. Fun fact: when I was growing up, I wished I could have red hair and green eyes.  

black top – from my closet
pants – given to me by a neighbor in our Buy-Nothing group
belt – from my closet (possibly decades old, haha!)
shoes – from my closet

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Day 18: 70s style (I skipped this day. I don’t really have ’70s style items in my wardrobe, so this one stumped me!)

Day 19: Hollywood Studios (I skipped this day. I wish I could have participated, but I just didn’t have it in me.)

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Day 20: Hundred Acre Woods

“It’s not much of a tail, but I’m sort of attached to it.”  ―Eeyore

This was actually one of the first outfits I thought of and photographed, even before the month of challenges officially started! My family thought the pouty face photo was so funny, so they convinced me to post it!

dress- BurdaStyle  09/2015 120A hooded cowl tunic (see my original post HERE)
boots, tights – from my closet
necklace – gift from a friend
earrings – gift from a friend when I was one of her bridesmaids! 
hair ribbon – borrowed from my daughter

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Day 21: Tomorrowland (I skipped this day.)

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Stay tuned for my final roundup of days 22-31!

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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On the eve of this year’s #disneyboundchallenge, I want to share some thoughts…

I participated for the first time last year (2021). I came up with four new outfits and used photos from previous trips for others. It was so fun, and I was amazed that people who didn’t follow me came to my little account to see my posts, like them, and even comment on them! 

The challenge made me look at my wardrobe in a whole new way, and it was just plain colorful and fun. I knew I wanted to do even more Disneybounding. I came up with a few outfits on my own, but here we are a year later, and I can say that having prompts really helps!  

I want to go more all-out this year. I won’t be able to participate every day, but I already have outfits planned (and even photos of many of them!) for about 13 prompts. I started preparing earlier than last year, and I even made a spreadsheet! My goals for this year are to 1) create only outfits that I would literally be willing to wear in everyday life, and 2) not reuse any outfits from the previous challenge. 

I’ve learned some things. First, I was reminded of the contents of my own wardrobe. There’s not a lot of turnover in my closet, but I do forget what I have sometimes. Again, this challenge has given me fresh eyes to see what is already there. I intend to use what I already own, and fill in with versatile pieces if necessary (as of this post, I purchased one garment–on clearance!). This isn’t to say that I won’t ever consider purchasing something special, but that’s not at the top of my list. 

Second, I’ve felt really powerful being able to sew my own clothes.  I am excited to see how many of my planned outfits already include me-made garments. But when I found a gap, I have been able to fill in with items I’ve made myself (and so far, I have used only fabrics that were handed down to me!). At this point I’ve made three garments specifically for this #Disneyboundchallenge, and two of those pieces will show up in more than one outfit. 

Third, it’s helping me be okay with how I look right now. Taking pictures of myself is hard (I know I’m not alone), and for the past few years, I’ve been really struggling with this, especially after ankle surgery in 2019 has completely upended the way I can exercise. My husband has been so gracious to help me look through the photos from my little self-photo-shoots. Often I will sit down next to him saying, “I don’t think there’s anything good here, so I might need to retake these,” but he always finds pictures that help me to feel beautiful. It continues to be my goal to improve my fitness, but there is also something to be said about being confident in how I look right now, too. 

Finally, I am thankful for a lighthearted and fun diversion in the midst of the darkness of the world. I don’t take current events lightly, and I also know that they can drag me down into dark depths if I am not careful. This is a bright spot, a chance to add some (hopefully) beauty even when things are hard. 

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I’ll be posting during the challenge on my Instagram account (@natalie.strand), but I’m intending to do a few roundup posts here on my blog throughout the month, too.

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