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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
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  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
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Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

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