In Wonderland

This year for Trick or Treat, my oldest wished to be Alice, of Wonderland fame, and so she was:

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(No way was I talking her into a blonde wig or hair coloring. A brunette Alice who was smiling was more than sufficient.)

Making Alice come to life was simple. It involved the following: Whine to my mother-in-law about how overwhelmed I feel by all the things I have to do right now.

That was it. She is wonderful, and before I could even whine a second time, she had pulled out some fabric and whipped up a dress and apron just like that. She used no patterns, just made them up as she went. That’s how I like to make things too, but had I attempted that with this dress, it likely would have been a mess. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

My youngest wanted to be Alice’s prince. Since there isn’t exactly a prince in the story, he settled for the Mad Hatter. (I took my inspiration from the original Disney version and this blog post.)

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I put this one together myself, using mostly fleece, which made it nice and warm for a chilly evening of candy-hunting.

I may have mentioned I’m not a fan of using patterns, nor do I have much clothing-making experience, so I’m rather lucky it all worked out so well. You know that very professional technique of laying a piece of existing clothing on the fabric and cutting around it? And then sort of glancing at the existing clothing to figure out where the seams might need to go? Yeah, I did that. It could’ve ended badly, but it didn’t.

Then there was the hat. Following cues from the inspiring blog post, I used 1-inch-thick foam cut into a brim and a rectangle, which I rolled into a tube that was held together with duct tape. (Fancy!) I used DIY-upholstery-style techniques (learned from HGTV, thank you) to cover both pieces in fleece, and then I hand-stitched the top of the hat to the brim.

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It was huge and wobbly and pretty much perfect.

And, yes, I took those cheap-o orange pumpkin buckets and covered them (hastily, at the last minute) with fabric to create a tea pot (blank sticky labels cut into letters for decoration and a tube of fabric-covered card stock for the spout) and the Cheshire cat (felt stripes loosely tacked on, face and tail printed, laminated, and stuck to the bucket with Velcro dots). I do think the buckets completed the look.

Tada! “A very merry unbirthday to you, to you!”

In Wonderland

4 Responses to “In Wonderland”
  1. CitricSugar says:

    Those are STELLAR costumes – they look so professional! Wow. Just wow.

    PS – your kids are super cute. :-)

    written on November 12th, 2012, at 9:53 pm
  2. lamina @ do a bit says:

    They look gorgeous! Great work on the costumes by you and your mum .. love it!

    written on November 13th, 2012, at 2:30 pm
  3. twirling betty says:

    LOVE that mad hat!

    written on November 13th, 2012, at 10:58 pm
  4. Glenda says:

    Not that I’m telling you something that’s new news to you, but you have some gorgeous children, Gretchen =). Such beautiful brown eyes!

    How nice of your MIL to make your daughter’s costume, and I *love* your son’s hat. Cute idea to cover the pumpkins to make them theme-appropriate ;-).

    written on November 14th, 2012, at 1:10 am
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