Kazel and I started gathering excitement for Halloween this summer. I would say that's when any enthusiastic crafter should start thinking about Halloween costumes but given some of these posts, that might be a low estimate.
Anyway, kazel decided she wanted to be the Red Queen from Alice in Wonderland. But what's a Red Queen without people to boss? So we got together some of our closest friends (read: anyone we could talk into dressing up with us) and set out to make costumes...starting about a week before Halloween. Hey, I said we were gathering excitement, not actually crafting. To be fair, we did have ideas floating and sketches drawn, but very little actually made.
That said, here's the finished product:
From left to right, we've got the White Queen, the Mad Hatter, Alice, the White Rabbit, and the Red Queen. Our Cheshire Cat unfortunately decided to not show up.
The White Queen is me - for the costume, I made the crown, corset, skirt, and underskirt. The crown is made from lace dipped in a glue/water solution and let dry while stretched over a can of the appropriate size. The corset was made from a pattern I drafted (with help from kazel, who is a corset queen) and is boned with zip ties! The skirt and underskirt are a basic circle skirt worn over a no-sew tutu.
The Mad Hatter costume was thrown together very last minute. The black lace cuff was actually made by midnight, I received it as part of a steampunk swap. The white lace cuff I made. The hat band is pieced together scraps of black and white fabric.
The Alice costume was almost entirely purchased, save for the apron, which I made from my own pattern. (read: I cut out pieces of fabric without measuring - though I did hold the main piece up to myself before cutting - or drafting and hoped that they'd all work together well).
Nothing in the White Rabbit costume was handmade.
The Red Queen is kazel - she made the corset and we both worked on the skirt. We painted the checkers on the front skirt panel. This required two tries, as the first try taught us that watered-down acrylic just wasn't going to dry soft enough. I believe the skirt is three trapezoidal pieces plus red strips for the borders. Kazel drafted the patterns for both the skirt and her corset. The other side of the corset is black and the whole thing is reversible for maximum costuming utility.
Here's another picture of kazel and me: