Monday, March 21, 2011

Alice Costume from Alice in Wonderland

Happy Birthday Baby "Alice"!

We just celebrated my daughter's second birthday (her name is not actually Alice).  I chose Alice in Wonderland for her birthday party theme.  I don't normally make costumes for my kids parties.  However, as the thought of a baby Alice crossed my mind I couldn't help myself.  She already had a blue dress, black headband, white tights, and black shoes.  I just had to create a white apron.  Luckily the apron turned out on the first try! 

I contemplated creating a tutorial for this apron pattern but decided viewers would most likely just look and not want to re-create.  If you are interested in a tutorial please make a comment and I will create one...with patterned fabric.

Brief Notes:
Please keep in mind that I am not a seamstress!!!  I was not sure if this was going to turn out but decided to give it a whirl. 

I began by looking at a picture of Alice's dress/apron.  Then, I pulled out my daughters blue dress and drew a rough sketch on computer paper (butcher or tissue paper would work for larger aprons) using her dress as a reference.  Then, I drew on an extra 1/4 inch to compensate for seam allowances and cut the pattern out.  Next, I cut out two pieces of fabric a little bit bigger than my pattern and ironed single sided fusible interfacing onto the back side of one piece.  Then, I laid both pieces of fabric together with the front sides facing each other, pinned my pattern on top, then cut the apron out.  After it was cut to size I removed the paper from the interfacing re-aligned the fabric pieces and pinned around the apron.  I sewed an extension of fabric onto one of the neck pieces because I chose to attach the neck with Velcro upon completion.  Then, I sewed 1/4 inch around the entire apron leaving one of the neck pieces open.  Next, I turned the apron right side out (through the open neck piece) and carefully ironed it flat avoiding the extended neck piece.  Then, I tucked the edges of the open neck piece in, sewed it shut, and attached Velcro to both sides of the neck piece.  Voila!  To finish it off I found a white satin ribbon to tie around her waist.


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2 comments:

Jana and Brett said...

Jovie will die when she sees this!!! She LOVES Alice! Good idea for Halloween costume! :0)

Jenny's Heart said...

Oh how cute! I think you did a smashing job!