“….In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again….” ~ Lewis Carroll
I guess you could say that I acted quite similar to Alice – following the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole – when deciding to make this dress….
It all started when my sister and sister-in-law began talking of throwing an un-birthday party, using a blended theme of “Alice in Wonderland” and Steampunk (aka Alice in Steampunkland :))
I had never seen any of the “Alice in Wonderland” movies (this included the 1951 cartoon starring Kathryn Beaumont, and the live-action version and it’s sequel, starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway)
I hadn’t even seen any photos of it until….party planning! Once I saw the blue dress (nicknamed the Down the Hole Dress) from the 2010 version, I was quite surprised with how much I liked it.
That’s all it took for me to decide to make the dress. Call me “mad’… but I’ll tell you a secret, all the best of us are ;).
Then came hours of research along with hours of sewing. I got it finished just in time for the party and it t’was a grand tea party!
I’ve posted Part 1 of the “in-detail” posts on this dress featuring process photos of the bodice, as well as bodice making info.
Thanks to my sister and her photography skills (visit her website at SmileForSophie.com) for taking these awesome photos!
∧∧Above∧∧ Thanks to Costumers Guide for directing me to these perfect replica buttons!
∨∨Below∨∨ Here’s a picture of the buttons used on the original dress.
∧∧Above∧∧ Sneak peak of my striped petticoat, copied after the one used in the movie.
∨∨Below∨∨ Here’s a pic of the underskirt of the original dress.
~ Side by Side Comparison ~
Well, that’s the end! I hope you had an enjoyable time in the Land of Wonderland…
One more thing, my handy, dandy brother has a videography business and took videos during the shoot, and he’s put together a video!