The image that immediately comes to mind is that of a blonde child in a full skirted blue dress, wearing a white pinafore with red trim. All too often it is the Disney Alice the person in question thinks of, but Alice was a true Victorian child of means, and would never have left the house for any adventure, even a tumble down a rabbit hole, unless fully and properly dressed in the latest fashions of the day.
|Copy of My Book From the U.K.|
I have Alice dolls. At one time I collected every Alice doll I could get my hands on, and when I had about thirty, I turned around and sold all but a couple of them. Each seemed to be dressed slightly differently, and their hair was often styled in any fashion other than the combed back, bandless image Tenniel illustrated. Black velvet hair bands were actually a fashion accent for little girls in the latter half of the 1860's. But, as artists, the hairstyles and interpretations of Alice's costuming would be as individual as the creator.
|Mary Hilton Badcock|
|Time For Alice|
Instead of using the standard blue cotton, I chose a gorgeous blue silk dupioni, and one of my textured Italian shirting cottons for her apron. She needed a little sparkle, and I find silk does just the trick. Mini braid was used in red and black for the trimming. And, I need to order some more. I must remind myself to do so.
Earlier, I'd found this Canadian artist who was selling little pocket watches for the Steampunk dolls, and purchased two. One of which I've given to Alice Illustrated - White Rabbit was kind enough to loan her his while napping.
On order, I think, because I haven't heard hide nor hair of a confirmation from Catspawonline, is a tiny gold oval locket. For now, I've sewn a little vintage gold button on the front of her pinafore for "the look".
|A Lustrous Human Hair Wig|
I hope you'll enjoy this little adventure with me, as I create new outfits for her from some of my favorite illustrators.
And, now, its time to work on a very special little travel outfit, for an adorable little boy doll, for a friend of mine. And, then I think its time for Alice Liddell to get her gold gown for fall. So, so much to do!
Miss E. Mouse
|Pinafores by Degas|
|A Portrait Close Up|
|Notice the small child's dress and pinafore.|
|Back View, on left, of puffed sleeve dress.|