|Tenniel's Through the Looking Glass|
In the same blue silk as I made her first dress, the traditional Through the Looking Glass costume, I would be working once again with the 1860's French Fashion style of paniers and ruffles (see Louise Godey). I am always surprised when I begin working on a new pattern to discover that I made something similar before. Each costume to me has a life of its own, but its wonderful to have had a little bit of practice beforehand.
|A side view for Tenniel|
|This almost looks Civil War military to me!|
The crown is a soft sculpture with a buckram base. The center is a rich, lush velvet in crimson, and the "fur" band is actually baby blanket material. I have white faux fur, but it was too furry. This soft blanket fabric was perfect for the look.
The scepter is made from wood. Once again I thank myself for the years I spent working in wood. The fleur de lis was cut out on my scroll saw, but the staff is all wood dowels. To make the bumps on the staff, I cut cookies from a larger dowel, then drilled a 1/8" hole in the center (donuts), and slipped them onto the staff, then glued them in place. There are no wood beads that will accommodate this process unless you're maybe making a larger staff. Much sanding and carving with a knife was done to create the smooth finishes of the scepter. Its a wonderful accessory to this costume.
|The chess piece crown|
Alice does not wear stockings in the illustration, so none were made. This was just as well since the cloth boots would have been difficult to snug over her feet with stockings.
Finally, a pearl necklace was fashioned for her. A 2" red scarlet silk ribbon was used for the tie about her waist.
Alice Illustrated's Queen Alice costume was an entirely satisfying challenge. Like many of the costumes I try, these are things made of my own dreams coming true. I'll have to admit that I much prefer making costumes, rather than serious day garments for my dolls. They're whimsical, colorful and enchanting to display.
I don't know what I'll do next. Once again I have many options and ideas on the table, but for just a little while, I think I'll enjoy my book and the warm spring weather the patio is offering. At least for a day or two!
Enjoy this beautiful May. Long live the Queen (Alice)!
Miss E. Mouse
|A colorized version by some artist.|
|The marvelous chess board landscape.|
|A BJD Steampunk Version. I like it!|
|Long live the Queen!|