Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A Belated Date with Alice


This is a catch-up post and I'm glad to say that it is not about a Halloween costume! However, it was sewn for the Pantomime season, which 'ahem' finished in early January.

Perhaps it's not too late to be posting this costume. Burda magazine always have great costumes in their January edition for Carnival season in some countries, and there are even a few costumes patterns free on the website.

My daughter gets a birthday gift of tickets to the pantomime every year from her godmother, and it has become on opportunity for me to get creative!

I sewed the apron first (my own pattern), thinking that she could wear it over one of her other dresses. She tried it on, before I added ribbons, and it looked like she was wearing a nurses apron, so I also needed to sew a blue dress.


For a quick make, I decided on the 2+2 pattern from Oliver+S.


The fabric is a stretch velour, so I adapted the pattern by adding length, omitting the neck ties and back buttons & cutting the back on the fold. It worked surprisingly well!

It still looked like what nurses used to wear, so I decided to add a splash of red. Using a red gingham ribbon from janemeans, I sewed a very simple ribbon appliqué. I folded the ribbon in a heart shape, pinned it to the apron and sewed it twice, once on the outer edge of the ribbon and then on the inner edge.

Another strip of gingham ribbon was attached to the end of the apron. To make it a little more 'Alice' I could have added ruffles to the sides of the top of the apron.

With a petticoat underneath and a bit of practice tying the bow, she managed to look very Alice!


Couldn't resist ..............

Alice in Wonderland (1951)
White Rabbit: [singing] I'm late / I'm late / For a very important date. / No time to say "Hello, Goodbye". / I'm late, I'm late, I'm late.

Alice (2000) (VG)
The White Rabbit: Please don't dawdle, Alice! We're very late, indeed!

The White Rabbit: [to Alice, reprimanding her] You've taken your sweet time!


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  1. This is adorable! I especially like the way your folded the gingham ribbon into a heart. I don't think I could have figured it out!

    1. Thanks Karin, I needed to make the ribbon work! To try and get it looking more 'Alice'!!! I'm glad you like it :-)

  2. I hope your daughter had a great time at the pantomime! That's a clever use of the 2+2 pattern...I'll have to keep it in mind.;)

    1. Cindy, she loved it! Very different to the usual prince & princess story! It was your gorgeous 2+2's sewn before Christmas that gave me the idea to use the pattern!

  3. What a great costume for your daughter;) BTW, I added you to the participant list for the Fearless February Sew-Along. Don't forget to pick up the button and we look forward to checking out your progress!!!!!

    1. Hello Victoria! Thank you :-) I'm looking forward to some Fearless sewing!