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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Hello!

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!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials

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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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