Mad Like Alyce

To finish off this month of Halloween insanity, I will be honoring my namesake… Alice in Wonderland. And of course… I just happened to have this costume laying around. Even though this was already complete, I can still give you the play by play for your own Alice costume!

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Alice in Wonderland

You will need:

For the Dress

  • Light blue dress*
  • White thread and needle (optional)
  • White puff sleeve blouse (optional)

*I was lucky and still had this great sleeveless dress from my days in ballet. Many dance companies sell their unwanted costumes at the end of the year for a great price, and you can find some great ones online that work well as a base for so many costumes. To re-create something very similar to my dress, you could find a dark blue sleeveless leotard and purchase silky blue material to sew or glue onto the leotard for the skirt.

For the Apron

  • 1 yard of white silky fabric
  • 1.5 – 2 yards of white lace
  • Hem tape & Iron (or Hot Glue Gun)
  • Blue ribbon (preferably wide)
  • Alice in Wonderland ornaments (key, heart, bottle, watch, etc.)

Complete the costume

  • Blue headband
  • Watch locket necklace
  • White stockings
  • Black Mary Jane style shoes

Makeup

  • Red lipstick
  • Blue eyeshadow
  • Dark blue eyeliner
  • Light pink blush

The Dress

1. For my dress, all I had to worry about were the sleeves. My dress was already sleeveless, but if you want to replace the sleeves on your dress, use a seam ripper or thread scissors to remove the stitching on the inside of the sleeve until you can remove it from the body of the dress. Clean away any loose threads.

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2. Remove the sleeves from the white blouse in the same manner by cutting away the seam between the sleeve and the body of the blouse. Sew the sleeves onto the dress.

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The Apron

3. Cut the silky white fabric so that you have the right sized apron, leaving a little room to hem it in. You will need some left over for pockets, so keep that in mind. I went with a straight edge on top and rounded corners at the bottom. Use hem tape or hot glue to hem the edges so you have a nice, clean line.

4. Hot glue or use hem tape to adhere the lace around the bottom and sides of the apron, leaving the top bare. Attach a length of ribbon (about 1 foot each side) to both top corners of your apron.

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5. Cut out your pockets to be matching in size with a similarly curved bottom edge. Attach to apron with hot glue or hem tape, then edge these with lace as well.

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6. Sew your Alice in Wonderland notions to the corners of each pocket. I found these wonderful items at Hobby Lobby.

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The Locket

8. You may not need to make one, but I found these wonderful scrap-booking pocket watches at Hobby Lobby, and they were just what I needed.

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They had an adhesive back, so I simply stuck two similarly sized and colored watches together back to back, and threaded a plastic chain through the top. I also did this for the watch attached to the apron.

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The Makeup

I kept this fairly simple. I did my normal foundation, but used a brighter pink blush to play up the innocence factor, and applied it a bit darker than usual.

For my eyes, I did a full cat eye with the dark blue eyeliner, and used a dark blue shadow on my lid and light blue up to my brow as a highlight. I also applied just a hint of light blue under the outside corners of my eye and swiped out towards my temple.

Finally, I applied dramatic mascara and a bright red lipstick.

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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Products used in this look are: 
Woochie cream makeup in Dead Guy Grey, @mehronmakeup aqua color in white and gray, Light green cream makeup from the zombie color set from Woochie, Eyeshadows from the @tartecosmetics artist palette.
Gold aqua color from the Mehron brilliant palette, @bennyemakeup bruise wheel.
Full tutorial on the blog!
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One of the reasons I love Stephen King novels is because he illustrates just enough of the character for your imagination to kick in and fill in the horrifying details that make it real and terrifying for each individual. Because this has never before been made into a motion picture I was really excited to be able to make my own spin on how Rose Madder would appear.
Rose Madder has an ethereal beauty and raw feminine power, however, something is off... something not quite human. The shadows under her skin would be perhaps leprosy, perhaps something worse, and her eyes are rabid with madness. “Don't look at her face! That is not for the likes of you.”
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