Here is a quick view of the complete costume. I didn't make the tights or shoes, and the petticoat consisted of an old dance tutu that I already had, but I removed a layer of tulle so it wasn't as fluffy.
When deciding what I wanted to be for Halloween I was faced with a dilemma - I'm broke. I wanted to make my costume but only had about $5 to do so. So I set my brain into thrifty mode, a mode it finds itself in quite often. I had a TON of plain white cotton fabric that I had no clue where it came from(I think I still have about 4 yards left), and some royal blue RIT dye left over from a previous crafting adventure so I decided to make an Alice in Wonderland costume. I wanted to make the costume as close to the 1951 Disney Alice as I could.
There were two issues I came across with the patterns in this quest:
1, None of them had a peter pan collar like Alice does. So I drafted my own peter pan collar using PinkLizzySews' tutorial found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356301.0
2, Alice's apron sort of widens at the shoulders which none of the patterns covered. Due to my making this costume last minute I ran out of time and went with a simpler apron.
I used Mcall's pattern M4948 for the dress and apron base. Although, I did alter the apron so that it had a back and was removable, the pattern has the apron sewn into the shoulder and waist band seams. I made bot the dress and apron out of the plain white cotton and then I dyed the dress blue. I adjusted the dye:water ratio so there was less dye per water than the bottle called for and I monitored the dying process the whole time to make sure the dress didn't get too dark since the dye I had was royal blue.
When my little sister heard that I was being Alice she wanted to go as the Mad Hatter so we put her costume together using clothes from our costume box (we both take dance classes so we have a lot of costumes). However, I did embellish the hat and make her bow tie.
But that's enough talk, on to some pictures!
Here is the dress pre-dye and sans petticoat (I hung the fabric behind it since my walls and door are white as well.)
The first picture again
My sister telling me to act "more normal"
The back of the apron and the zipper that didn't take the dye too well (darn you polyester)
Close up of the apron
Close up of the collar and best representation of the color
The Mad Hatter (we had so much fun ratting her hair although it was much crazier at the start of the evening
Close up of the hat and bow tie
Close up of her make up (again, it looked much better at the start of the evening)
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