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A Wonderland Halloween

November 3, 2009

Wonderland Gang

Since these costumes were the first major sewing project I’ve worked on in a LONG time I thought they’d be perfect for my first post here on my new sewing/knitting/crafting blog.  I started this project on the 27th of October and worked my last stitch on Halloween.  The girls loved their costumes, and were SO excited to wear them, and I was very proud because people knew who they were. 🙂

I had tights and more costume appropriate shoes for Alice and the Mad Hatter to wear but it was 75 degrees outside and WAY too hot for tights. Thus the ugly sandals. As it was, the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit were sweaty bettys by the time we were done Trick-or-Treating.

Oh I almost forgot… please forgive the blurred out faces but I don’t post my kids’ faces publicly on the internet. 🙂



I created my own patterns for the dress and apron based on the amount of fabric I had available and my daughter’s size.

Alice Supplies


~ Light Blue Floor Length Woman’s Silk Skirt (thrift store find)
~ White Lacy Girl’s Dress (thrift store find)
~ 2 White Handkerchiefs
~ Child’s Wig (on clearance!)

Cheshire Cat


I made this costume last thinking it would be the easiest. Instead it turned out to be the most frustrating.  Originally I wanted it to have stripes going around horizontally, but getting them to line up in front, and to lay flat, was nearly impossible because of the stretchiness of the fleece.  Also, I would have had to hand sew around the sleeves and legs because they were too narrow to work easily on my machine.  If I had realized these difficulties earlier I would have just painted the stripes on but in the end I settled for sewing on a pink kitty belly.  In spite of all this I am still very pleased with the final look.


~ Purple Pajamas  (these were my daughter’s pj’s which she’d had for awhile and they were almost too small for her! :))
~ Pink Fleece (from my fabric stash)
~ Pink and Purple Yarn for Knit I-Cord Tail ( from my yarn stash)
~ Cat Mask, Purple Craft Felt, and other Mask Pieces

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

I created the pattern for this costume by outlining a pair of my daughter’s pajamas, and I used the edges of the towel for the cuffs on the sleeves and pants. The vest was also a self-made pattern which I created using the white portion of the costume as a guide.  The ears were steadied on her head by being “attached” to her pony tails.


~ Large White Towel
~ Fabric Remnant
~ Blanket Binding for the Bow Tie ( from my stash)
~ Large White Pipe Cleaner (for ears)
~ Craft Chain, Craft Wood, Clock Face, Red Ribbon (for clock)
~ Large White Pom Pom (for tail)

The Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter

The hat and the skirt are both made from a reversible brocade.  The skirt has the blue background facing out and the hat has the green background facing out. The jacket, which I cut down from a woman’s jacket to fit my daughter, is lined with the same brocade and has brocade covered buttons. The inside of the hat is lined with the same fabric as the jacket and it has two layers of heavy-duty iron-on interfacing to help it keep its shape. The patterns for the jacket, skirt and hat are all of my own design and created through trial and error. 🙂


~ Brocade Drapes (thrift store find – from YEARS ago)
~ Woman’s Blazer (thrift store find)
~ Silk Scarf (thrift store find)
~ T-shirt and Misc Trims (from stash on hand)
~ Heavy Duty Interfacing (for the hat)

Close up of the HatMadHat

To top off all of the costumes I sprayed their hair with color and put make-up on their faces.

I’ve always wanted to make their Halloween costumes but this is the first year that I have, and I’m so glad that I did. I had fun making them and my efforts were well rewarded. I hope I’ll be able to make more costumes in the future and that I remember to start them earlier! 🙂

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Thea permalink
    November 3, 2009 7:33 am

    How wonderful. I look forward to following you on this blog! 🙂

  2. November 3, 2009 7:44 am

    What fun! Thx for sharing–they looked lovely & u did a great job!

  3. November 3, 2009 3:52 pm

    ADORABLE!! They make my store bought costumes seem a bit pathetic ;-). GREAT job!

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