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Madeline costume // Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I think this might be my favourite costume ever!

When book week came around at Bunny’s school it was time to think about costumes, and Madeline was obviously at the top of the list. We love Madeline, and i knew it would make a really great costume for Bunny.

Much like i did with Rainbow Dash and Ariel, I made this costume into component pieces so that each could be worn separately. This costume is really made up of three parts: Dress, Capelet and hat. She also wore a long sleeved shirt under as it was cold, and obviously socks and black shoes.

The dress is very simple – it’s half of a tshirt pattern with a skirt attached. I added the pleat because well, does that need explanation? i just like pleats hehe. The capelet was very simply a circle with a peter pan collar, and red bow. I think the capelet is really key to Madeline, and i think if you’re thinking about making something similar,  you could actually get away with just making a capelet, and pairing it with hat, navy top and navy skirt (or dress).

The thing i love about this costume is that piece aren’t really too much work, but they really scream Madeline! Im even more excited about the fact that the dress is just cute on its own, so it has more value than just being a costume. that makes me so happy. All the happy dancing.

But i think best of all (as per usual) was how much Bunny loved this costume, it really makes all the work worth it!

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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9 years ago

SUUUUUPER cute! I love how it’s both simple and creative! She definitely does look happy in it too :)

9 years ago

This is about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Period. The end.

9 years ago

Oh! Bunny’s costume is adorable! My sisters and I used to watch the Madeline cartoon growing up. It was one of our favorite shows! And I love that you made Bunny’s “costume” more practical by making a separate dress and cape that she can wear each by itself!

9 years ago

Wow that is adorable.

emily marie
9 years ago

Oh my goodness, it’s ADORABLE! Love the versatility of it. I had the same hair as Madeline when I was little, so obviously she was my favorite! Totally jealous I didn’t think of this then… would be a little too weird on a 27 year old, hah.

9 years ago

This is the best thing EVER. I can’t even deal with it.

9 years ago

I loved Madeline as a child! I think the appendicitis scene may have made me want to be a doctor – ha! Lovely idea.

Julia Bobbin
9 years ago

This is gorgeous! Doesn’t she look like a perfect little Madeline! Well done!