It’s #SewDisney time!

Happy Halloween, sewcialists! Can you believe November starts tomorrow? And that means it’s time to kick off our new sewalong theme for the month–all things Disney/Pixar! I’m very excited to be co-hosting this with Katie–she’ll be checking in soon with some ideas for the kids in your life, and I’m going to show some things that will work for the rest of us!
After all, Disney costumes for adults can be a lot of fun. I was lucky enough to get to DragonCon this year, and made sure to take as many pictures of Disney-related costumes as I could find!
(Counter-clockwise from the left: a historically-inspired Cinderella, Anna and Elsa from Frozen, a lovely Esmeralda from The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and my own Belle costume! Which you can read more about here if you’re interested.)
Practically speaking, though, aside from days like today and conventions, there’s not always an excuse to make a full-blown costume. But there’s still lots of ways you can bring some Disney magic into your everyday wardrobe! I’d heard of “Disney Bounding” before, but hadn’t really looked into it until recently. Apparently there’s a rule at the parks that adults can’t dress up in full costumes so they don’t get mistaken as park employees. So instead, costume-minded fans put together outfits inspired by their favorite characters, but with everyday modern clothes! The main blog for it is here, and I’m going to highlight just a few looks for some popular characters. (All of these should link to her original Polyvore sets.)
For instance, if you’re heading into winter like me, there’s always the Frozen option, like this one for Elsa:
 Perhaps you’re feeling a little more tomboyish, and Merida from Brave is more your style:
If villains are more your thing, this outfit is perfect for taking over Agrabah in style!
Jafar by leslieakay featuring a waist belt
And since it’s Disney, who says you have to go with a human character? How fun is this feminine take on Donald Duck’s nautical style?
Donald Duck
ariel-lieke-1One more example—Lieke recently posted her modern-day take on Ariel at The Monthly Stitch, and kindly granted me permission to share her lovely creation here! The sequined fabric couldn’t be more perfect for a mermaid, and adding the purple cardigan to give a nod to Ariel’s shell top was a pretty brilliant move. You can read more about her creation at her blog.
Katie and I are looking forward to seeing all of your creations in the Flickr group! You can also tag your Twitter posts or Instagram sneak peeks with #SewDisney. So what’s your favorite Disney/Pixar movies? Or what characters’ outfits inspire you to borrow their style?

Green December Roundup: Seperates!

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It’s round-up time! Well, ok, it’s well past December and therefore well past round-up time… but better late than never, right?

There were lots of great projects for #greendecember. There’s something great about a theme so general that everyone can take it in their own direction! First up, here are the seperates. We’ll be back with the dresses in another post!

(Click on the picture to link through to the sewist’s blog or their original post in the Flickr group.)

Peggy Skirt in Wool Blend - Green December!!

Green Style Arc Elle Pants

Green Blouse and Plaid Jumper

Sleeveless Grainline Studio Archer

Be a Grinch Apron from Sew4home

Green December Skirt

Slytherin Coat
BWOF 04/2009-112

green poofy skirt


DIY alligator stuffed animal
Lace Color Blocked Scout Tee
Green December (January, actually ;)


plus a few more in the flickr group:

Great projects, eh? And plenty of inspiration for next month’s theme: BLUE FEBRUARY! (followed by Shieldmaiden March, and Pink April…)

Speaking of upcoming challenges: I’ve been trying to put together a page where you can always check what is up next, but I’m having some technical issues. I made the page, but there is no link to it from the blog! I’m not a WordPress blogger myself, so I don’t know if it is just the theme that doesn’t allow pages, or if I’m doing something wrong. Help, please!

One last thought: I started these photo round-ups without formally asking everyone’s permission. I figure that if you share your photo in Flickr and set the privacy settings to allow me to get HTML embedding code, then you must be ok with us using your pictures. (In a dream world, I would contact everyone before the post, but well… that would be really time-consuming, and these posts take enough time as is!) Is that ok? Please do speak up if it isn’t!