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« on: November 07, 2010 11:26:11 PM »

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  Grin)

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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« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2010 04:53:52 AM »

wow, very good! I love to see what I can come up with from what I already have!

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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010 07:49:15 PM »

so clever! you should have more replies Smiley Plus is looks so perfect. I kinda assumed you bought a dress at goodwill then made the apron because you said $3. But you MADE it all! wow. you got some skills! love it. and madd hatter is great too!

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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010 07:12:13 PM »

i get cookies! great job  Smiley
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010 12:57:35 PM »

CUTE! looks just like the o.g. Alice. Great job! Smiley -x-

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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2010 06:41:31 AM »

brilliant! so simple, but effctive - i'm making a 7 brides for 7 brothers outfit for my friend and her 3 yr old girl, to be like pinafore dresses and aprons, i saw your pic and thought that would be perfect for me but in gingham!! Cheesy

good job x

« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2010 06:39:52 PM »

As an Alice in Wonderland fan, I heart the fact that you chose to do the Disney version rather than the "Tim Burton" version everyone else did.  I made an Alice in Wonderland costume a few years ago and finding a pattern then was hard too.
Excellent work, and the fact that it was under $3, you need some high fives!
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2010 03:22:07 AM »

Thanks guys! I forgot to mention in the original post that my sister and I won the costume contest at the Halloween party we went to.

As an Alice in Wonderland fan, I heart the fact that you chose to do the Disney version rather than the "Tim Burton" version everyone else did.
Alice will always be the Disney version in my mind.  Smiley
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2010 12:25:56 PM »

I know this is late but the Alice dress looks fabulous! Great job on finding the right colllar. The blue color came out just right. Congrads on using what you had. And I liked your pose in the first pic.
« Reply #9 on: December 14, 2010 05:47:45 PM »

Oh, wow- this is sooo impressive...I actually haven't seen the new Alice in Wonderland, because I'm so much in love with the Disney one that I don't want Alice's Adventures to be ruined for me; therefore I'm thrilled you chose the Disney Alice! Your costume is so true to it! Your sister's costume looks fabulous as well! Smiley
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