Mr Snork's Hatter costume came together over the last couple months or so frequenting the Boutique (women's capris, blazer and shirt to modify, sparkly bow tie, MY socks), but I could never find anything suitable for Mouse. I don't trust internet costumes, and she's so small, (20-ish lbs) that there's a very limited range of things she can be that aren't footed, fluffy, and have a headed hood that she HATES. So I couldn't find her an Alice in Wonderland costume ready to go.
I looked in stores and on EBay for a suitable blue dress, but struck out there as well. Queue McCalls 6268 and an old blue button down of Mr Snorks. I've kept that pattern on top of my 'want to make' list, just because it's cute, but if you use the poofy sleeves from view D, it becomes a perfect Alice dress:
A size large fit my 29 pound, 31" tall Mouse. An old large size shirt of Mr Snork's provided just enough fabric for the dress, when seam ripped (not cut, I used the seam allowances on several occasions) and I had to piece the back skirt from two pieces. I could have just bought some blue fabric, but then I'd never use up my giant pile of "repurpose" stuff. One shirt down, 234058274 to go..
Just a tiny pile of scraps left over:
I was happy to see that Janie and Jack currently carries a (beautiful) dress, that looks just like this pattern, minus the sleeves. So, we're even in current fashion.
It came together really easily, except I apparently suck at making plackets. The whole make a slit, and then make that slit a straight piece of fabric didn't work out for me, it's puckered in the back.. I will practice it to get it right, because I really like the finished look. Alice's pinafore ties covered the back, luckily:
I cut the skirt on bias, just because I really like bias cut skirts. I love how full the skirt is on the pattern, many times the envelope picture looks awesome, and then you cut what is essentially a wimpy A-line. I'm pretty sure I want to make a holiday dress from this pattern, as well.
Dress from the side:
Alice isn't complete without a white pinafore, and although I'm sure somewhere in my pattern pile there's a perfect vintage pinafore, I couldn't find it, so I made one up.
I drew in some card symbols with pencil at first, and they looked fine, but then I had time to waste, so I went over them with some running stitch.
Alice was adorable. She didn't really get trick or treating, and was trying to sneak into people's house's, past their legs and bags of candy, but she did help her dad win the office costume contest. She makes for an awesome prop. Or, rather, he makes an awesome prop for her. The cat helped.
I used Mr Snork's old shirt, and some white eyelet fabric I had picked up at a yard sale, the lining came from Costco's Kirkland 600 thread count bed sheet that I found in the boutique. I usually draw a line at bed linens from thrift stores, but I figured if I cooked in in industrial laundromat long enough, it would make a delightful Queen of Hearts dress. I never made it that far, but it does make really nice lining. I think I might talk Mr Snork into buying us a King set from Costco. I also used some JoAnn's tulle for the ruffle, from the massive tulle sale they had, where I bought all of it, in all the colours. Whew. One yard used, 9874560348756 to go.
Alice and the Hatter:
I think this might be our thing. Every year.
How long do I get to pick her costume? I figure, at least 9, 10 years, right?