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Alice’s Tea Party dress

I have always been fascinated by Alice’s adventures in Wonderland. The rabbit wearing a waistcoat with a pocket in which he keeps a real pocket watch! Never mind that it’s late by two days – I didn’t have a watch of any kind. The gardeners painting the roses red because they planted white ones by mistake – and how would you fix it now? It’s not like you can tell from the green bushes what colour they were going to flower! And of course the tea parties where the Doormouse snores at the table – how rude!

So obviously, if I wanted to attend Mad Hatter’s tea parties, I needed a suitable dress. So this is my entry for Linda’s Designin’ December 2017!

Original illustration by Lewis Carroll
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First, the material. It can’t be any plain old thing – it’s got to carry the spirit.

Graphic based on the videogame “Alice: Madness Returns” by American McGee
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Yes, something like that, for Alice all grown up.

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Ooh! Crazy ovals! 😎 This is medium weight “woolly” single knit jersey. No wool in it but still warm and cozy, and machine washable! πŸ™‚ I think they called it “faux angora knit”.

Now I needed design inspiration. I didn’t want an apron, but something had to be done! Then I saw this dress god knows where:

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Yes! This collar was absolutely it! In fact, the whole dress was pretty good, it just needed a wider flaring skirt.

But when I draped this collar with my “crazy ovals” fabric, the busy pattern made it completely disappear. Besides, the knot came out too thick in this woolly jersey. Hmmm… My eyes wondered over to my stash(es)…

Beautiful red viscose chiffon (or georgette?) for the collar. Click to learn more about sewing it.
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Perfect! Such a lovely traditional polka dot georgette to balance the madness… or add to it…

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The collar is really a long scarf cut on the cross and folded in two. It is simply draped around the neck, twisting in half a knot, and sewn to the bodice along the neckline and the empire line. It “ties” in a false half-knot at the back – and there are the apron “tails”!

But something was still missing. Alice’s dress also has a flouce – and I want one too! Edged with a ribbon.​

Sewing on ribbon with the edger. Click to learn more.
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And there you have it!

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I’ll have some Victoria sponge with my tea, please. And do take the doormouse out of the teapot before pouring!

8 thoughts on “Alice’s Tea Party dress

  1. What an awesome dress, Elena!! πŸ˜€ And what a fun post and wonderful inspiration! πŸ™‚ Good luck in Designin’ December!! πŸ™‚

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      1. It definitely fit right in with the madcap Mad Hatter’s Tea Party dress! πŸ™‚ I absolutely love this post! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks, Linda! That dress came together over a longer period of time. I didn’t want it to look like a costume! But every time I wear it, I look for doormice sleeping in teapots… πŸ™‚

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    1. And you are totally welcome to steal it, especially seeing how I stole it from the grey polka dot dress in the first place. πŸ™‚ Although I don’t know how they’ve done it there, all I have is that picture.

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