Monday, January 31, 2011

American Girl in Wonderland :-)

A friend of mine recently wrote me and asked if I could make her an Alice in Wonderland dress for her doll. It was a delightfully fun project-- I love making movie costume re-makes! :-)

The original:

My version:
I used the pattern for Kirsten's Birthday Dress and Pinafore as a base for the dress, but made a few changes. I added a Peter Pan collar from another pattern and put sleevebands on the sleeves instead of elastic. On the pinafore, I extended the waistband piece to make ties.

The only major difference from the original was the back of the dress--Alice's appears to have a sort of yoke in the back, and I wasn't sure how to go about making that, so I just followed the Kirsten pattern. I couldn't get the tie to look quite so big either... :-S

Today Bethany got some pictures of it before shipping it. I'm actually not very familiar with the Alice in Wonderland story (I've never made it through the whole movie) but I knew a few aspects of it and tried to work them into the photography. :-) I tried to find a small bottle ("Drink me") but couldn't...but we did have cards and a kitty. :-)

I am planning on making some Valentines-themed and Regency doll dresses this week, so stay tuned. :-) I'm also planning on a 1940s "Swing" dress but have to finish cutting out the pattern yet (that's the worst part of sewing-- cutting out the pattern). :-) I hope you are all well!


beast'sbelle said...

I love this! Great job, Elinor. :) I can't wait to see your other projects, especially the Regency dresses. :D

Melody said...

Very nice! =) Making doll clothes is a hobby of mine.

shearers said...

Oh it's beatiful! Thank you so much for making it for me! I love it! I can't wait to try it on my doll! Thanks again!

Elinor Dashwood said...

I am so happy you like it, Michaela!! I enjoyed making it for you! <3 Lord willing and weather permitting, I'll get it out in the mail tomorrow!

Miss Laurie said...

This is just too cute! You did a great job at adding just the right details to make it look like Alice's dress! I love the photos with the playing cards in them, it definitely looks very 'Alice In Wonderland'!
My dad had me read 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' in high school and do a little research on Lewis Carroll. The books are so much fun.
Oh, by the by I think it's great that you had your dark haired doll model the dress because Mr. Carroll's real life Alice had dark hair not blond most films have her.

I look forward to seeing you other projects and pray the Lord blesses you as you work! :)

~Miss Laurie
Old-Fashioned Charm

Hanne-col said...

That is absolutely adorable!

Marian said...

That's so cute!!! :) Great job!

Teddy said...

Ah! That's so cute. Love the bright blue.

Kels said...

That dress is so lovely! And very much like the one in the movie, you did a fantastic job. :)
I love sewing doll dresses, but kind of grew out of it as I got older and only having younger brothers. ;)
Blessings!! ~Kelsey

Anonymous said...

Very pretty! It reminds my of an Amish dress, only the aprons are black. Beautifully done! ; )