Mad Like Alyce

I may be Alyce, but I will always identify with the Hatter. I absolutely love the hatter, and especially love the persona given to him by Johnny Depp in the Tim Burton version. So, when I pulled this costume together, I shouldn’t have been surprised how much I love it. Pretty sure this is my favorite costume I have done to date!

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Mad Hatter Costume

You will need:

For the Hat

  • Black top hat
  • 2 foot pink or peach sash
  • small square of paper, a sharpie, and a lighter
  • peacock feathers

For the Accessories

  • Cloth with a bright large floral print on a dark background for the bow-tie
  • A swatch of bright pink and purple fabric
  • Two gloves, made from a plaid or similar fabric
  • 2 yards of brightly colored ribbon w/bright buttons
  • Hot glue gun

For the Full Costume

  • Black baggy pants
  • Lace up boots
  • Long men’s button up white shirt
  • Brown jacket
  • Fancy buttons (optional)
  • Patterned vest
  • White, or cream

Don’t forget the Makeup Tutorial! (coming soon)

Making the Hat

1. Tie your sash around the base of the hat, leaving it to trail behind the hat. Slide your peacock feathers into the left side of the sash.

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2. Cut the small piece of paper so it is about 3 x 4 inches. Use your sharpie to write 10/6 on the paper. You will see that I had 3/5 on mine, as I was foolish enough to reference internet images instead of watching the show again. Silly me. But you will have the right numbers on your hat! Use the lighter to lightly burn (and quickly blow out) the edges of the paper. Slip this into the hat sash on the right side.

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Making the Props

3. Take your glove fabric and glue into a “tube” that is just large enough to slip over your wrists. Flip them so the glued seam is in the inside, them cut out holes for your thumbs.

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4. Glue the two ends of the bright ribbon into a sash to wear across your torso. Use the hot glue to attach the brightly colored buttons down the entire length of the ribbon.


5. If you so wish, replace the buttons on the jacket with fancy ornate buttons.

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6. Finally, glue the white lace to the ends of the sleeves of your dress shirt.


Pulling it together

7. When dressing, you can tuck your pants into your boots, if you wish. Layer the vest over the white shirt, followed by the jacket. Finish by tying your dark floral print in a bow at your neck. If you are doing makeup, I would save this for once your makeup is completed.


8. Drape the button sash over your torso, and stick the pink and purple swatches of cloth in each pocket (if you have them. If not, I recommend adding simple ones to the jacket in a matching cloth to the jacket for this purpose).

9. Slide on your gloves, top with the hat, and you are ready just in time for tea!




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


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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