This year I wanted Momo to decide what to be for Halloween. I told her she could be anything she wanted, and Momo got so excited when she heard that. But then she told me she wanted to be a tiger. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. I expected her to tell me something only 2-year-old imagination could come up with, so "tiger" was a little boring to me. An hour later Momo told me she wanted to be a tiger, she changed her mind and told me she wanted to be a cheetah instead. A cheetah. Still a little boring choice I thought, but I thought we would let her be a cheetah if that was what she wanted.
Then I let Momo watch Disney's Alice in Wonderland...and Momo fell in love with the movie! Since she loves it so much, I asked her if she wanted to be "Alice" instead of a cheetah. The answer was "Yes!"
I decided not to introduce Momo any other new movies until the Halloween is over, because I do not want her to change her mind about Alice :) I know there is nothing original about "Alice" costume, but I like the idea. I felt "Alice" character fits Momo better than the princesses, and my hubby and I could also join her dressing up as the Wonderland characters!
I could have just bought Alice costume for about $20, and Momo would have probably been happy with it. But I wanted to have some fun taking "Alice in Wonderland" photos, and the $20 costume did not look good enough to me. And I was not willing to pay more $$ for the fancier dresses.
At the fabric store, I chose cotton fabrics over satin. I was going to make Alice dress, not Cinderella dress...I just did not feel like Alice should wear satin. But maybe next time I will use satin...cotton is just too easy to get wrinkled!!
I knew exactly what to do for Alice's aprons, because I have seen the tutorial for it more than a month ago at: Alice in Wonderland Apron Tutorial -Threading My Way. It was easy to follow Pam's clear step-by-step instructions. Thanks, Pam! I added ruffles to my apron, to add extra girly-ness :)
For the dress, I drew sleeves and collar patterns myself using the party dress pattern as the base. And referred to this tutorial for how to attach them: Vintage Holiday Dress -Simple Simon &Co.
I attached a row of tulle ruffles to the lining skirt. I have done this before here and here, and liked the puffiness the tulle ruffles give to the skirts. I wanted a big skirt for this dress, because Alice's skirt needs to work as a parachute when she is going down the rabbit hole ;)
Hairbands do not stay well on Momo's head, so I made a huge black bow and attached it to a snap-on clip.
Here is one of the "Alice in Wonderland" photo fun we had...
Linking up to those fun parties.