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!

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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