|Maria L. Kirk's "Gold" Dress|
|A full length view|
|Best Known Illustration|
including The Secret Garden, and Pinocchio, very little is known of her life save for her death, sometime in the 1930's. One of her best known commissions was an edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1904-07). So brilliant was her style, that its been reproduced on greeting cards and posters even today, and her books are highly collectible. In honor of this extraordinary artist, and because she's my friend Jean's favorite, I made two costumes inspired by her illustrations.
|Invisible Cup of Tea|
There is also a white inset to the bodice. This is not a collar, but part of the dress. A half white apron, and a lot, I mean a lot of blue trim. The skirt, itself, is 23 inch wide. In studying the various drawings, Kirk tended to either run the lines into one, or separate them, as in the "down the rabbit hole (or orange marmalade)" illustration. It was this variance that I decided to work from.
|A Side View|
|The Pig Baby|
|Buttons and Closures|
While finishing the closures on the dress last weekend, the little ceramic jar I'd purchased arrived, for her orange marmalade. I printed out a little label, glued it to the jar, and voila! Orange Marmalade. Holding this jar is how I will display her. But right now, as I just finished it, she's wearing her Card costume. Okay. So even Alice Illustrated gets to dress up for Halloween.
|Alice Paints the Roses Red|
I found an online shop that sells such a fabulous array of colors and in various sizes. I purchased red, black, white and silver. Silver being for the paint can she holds. I bought a large men's knit shirt in a forest green for the under tunic and stockings, and used black micro-suede for the booties.
|The Card Costume|
The little hood is a simple pattern on a fold, sewn only at the top. I ran embroidery thread through where it would cinch around the neck and knotted the ends. The booties took a few tries to get the right look and fit on the feet over the thick stockings.
|Slopping Red Paint|
This little experiment has given me the confidence to proceed with dressing my Maggie Iacono doll now. It has also spun my head in the direction of perhaps more costuming like the card. There were so many characters in the two Alice stories, and I'm sure one or two the characters will come to life in a costume for Alice Illustrated eventually.
Please enjoy all the photographs, and wishes for an enchanting October!
Miss E. Mouse
|Down the Rabbit Hole with Orange Marmalade|