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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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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She was fascinated by the texture of the woman's back, her bare shoulder, and the lower part of her neck. The skin was finer than watered silk. But farther up on her neck... Rosie didn't know what those grey Shadows lurking just below her hairline could be, and didn't think she wanted to know. Bites were her first wild thought, but they weren't bites. Rosie knew bites. Was it leprosy? Something worse? Something contagious? 
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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This novel is unique to me because it includes elements of Greek mythology which is a different angle for Stephen King, and also because it covers the topic of domestic abuse, and with October also being domestic abuse awareness month I felt that it was very timely. In the book, Rose Madder is an “almost goddess” that saves the main character, Rosie, by showing her how to empower herself and escape from her abusive husband. 
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.”
  • Super excited to be entering the #StrykingFEAR Contest! It all started when I came across the round one intro video from @miss_stryx back in August. Suddenly I had a deliciously horrifying idea that has led to an awesome collaboration with @jibclimmer and I was more excited about Halloween this year then I have been for any years prior. Thanks @miss_stryx for the inspiration! Since I had to rush everything because of my surgery last week, I'm still working on editing and will actually be posting the rounds in reverse order. Round three coming up soon!
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