Sometime earlier this year my husband and I watched Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass together - the live action movies with fantastic costumes. I know these movies have been out a long time, but I'd never seen them before. For that matter, I don't think I've ever seen the animated Alice in Wonderland movie all the way through either. I'm not a big movie watcher. All that said. . .
I fell in love with the costumes. I enjoyed the story too, but the costumes were really great! As soon as we finished the first movie I asked my husband what he thought of dressing up as the Mad Hatter and Alice for Halloween. I mentioned I liked the costumes and overall aesthetic of the movie, right??
"Yeah, that's fine"
Perfect! Our Halloween costumes were decided on, now I just needed to make them!
My goal wasn't to exactly re-create the movie costumes, just to make costumes inspired by the movie. For my outfit I decided I would wear my blue silk wedding petticoat and make a historical bodice of some sort to go with it. To top off the outfit I'd add a white apron as a nod to the animated movie.
My costume would be pretty straight forward, no crazy accessories there. My husband's costume was where all the fun would be!
The starting point of his costume was, of course, his purple top hat. I made the hat a little more "Mad" by adding a rainbow scarf, a buckle, some hat pins, and feathers.
I mixed together both the red and the orange ribbon to give the "hair" a bit more depth and texture.
I used a purple and green striped cotton batik for the pants. I picked it up at a $1 per pound fabric sale at a local sewing room, and was very tempted to save it for a dress for myself. It's pretty! However, it was too perfect for this costume not use, so beautiful batik elastic waist pants my husband got.