|Alice Illustrated in Arthur Rackham|
In the this third illustrated costume for Alice, I chose the hauntingly beautiful work of Arthur Rackham. Arthur was born in Lewisham, Kent, England on September 19, 1867. A kindred spirit no doubt, since Virgos are drawn to those in their sign (my birthday being the 18th). He began illustrating as a career in 1894.
|Arthur Rackham Self Portrait|
I had this lovely Lecien rose fabric on hand and it would prove a nice cloth to bring his Alice's dress to life. This fabric is a fine cotton that feels like a delicate silk, tightly woven, yet airy with a pretty drape. When I sat down to make it, I couldn't find the patterns I'd made for the Tenniel and Torrey outfits, so I had to begin again. It took me a day to remember that I could do this, and its always been the case that although I've made patterns for this and that outfit, I end up with brand new ones all the time since the garments will be different in their details. So I set to work.
|Alice in Roses|
She would have black stockings and Oxfords. This combination, along with the rose print dress is such a far distinction from Tenniel's original drawing. It has come to mind that illustrators will, or might, appeal to the children they are drawing for, and therefore will create a costume that's indicative of the year the drawings are made.
One of the illustrations that appealed to me most, and always has, is that of Alice holding the pig baby. I was especially taken with the beauty of Arthur Rackham's rendition. It has a gentleness, a delicacy that touched my heart. So I popped onto Ebay and immediately (such luck!), found a 3.5" vintage velveteen Steiff. I bought the little fellow and when he arrived today, I made him a tiny batiste and lace bonnet. Alice Illustrated would need her little pig baby. But, my how difficult the little thing is to display in her arms! These sawdust stuffed animals are completely inflexible! Maybe someday I'll start making my own little critters with softer bodies and movable limbs.
If there was one thing I wished to replicate in Arthur Rackham's dress, it was the delicate, fragile and feminine nature of how Alice appears in the dress. I hope I did this.
One of things I'm working on in between other garments, is storage for all these dresses. I never thought I'd have this problem when I first began sewing. I was selling the dresses I was making! But, now I've come to appreciate my own work and while once in awhile I'll sew for someone if asked, I primarily sew for myself. Two wardrobe cases are in the works. One for Alice Illustrated and one for Delight. And, what of Alice Liddell's? Her patterns and garments are in a jumbo Ziplock. I'm sure her wardrobe will require one of those decorator suitcase trunks, and this is how I store Polly, Lettie, Daisy and Katy's garments.
Roses for January. And, Alice Illustrated is among the pink ones.
Miss E. Mouse
|Alice and the Pig Baby - Rackham|
|Alice and the Pig Baby - Mine|
|To Confer with a Caterpillar|
|"So she set the little creature down, and felt quite relieved to see it trot away into the wood."|