I think anyone who sews would agree we may be more excited about our children’s first Book Parade than the kids themselves! I’ve had some ideas up my sleeve for sometime and luckily it didn’t take much convincing for Bugs to be equally enchanted with the thought of being ‘Alice’ for a day.
Even though she has never seen the movie, and a month ago we didn’t own the book, it’s amazing how some classics weave their way into your child’s psyche regardless. But I did want us to read the story together and so I found this extra special edition by Rifle Paper Co. You can’t help but get swept away with Alice’s imagination through the beautiful illustrations designed for the 150th anniversary of this timeless story.
To make my Alice outfit I chose the Matilda dress and Rosemary pinafore from Violette Field Threads. I have been DYING to make this pinafore for a long time. I just love it’s vintage-inspired pin-tucked goodness. Oh my, I just can’t get enough.
And I LOVE the way it ties on each side and bounces above the dress. Make’s my heart sing if you hadn’t noticed! 🙂
The Matilda dress is a super fast easy sew with elastic at the waist, neckline and sleeves -although I found sewing elastic to a gathered skirt challenging! I don’t know why I don’t learn, but I am finding the VFT patterns a little short for the tall girls I sew for and I also wanted this dress to last till summer (still winter here in Southern hemisphere!) so I ended up prolonging the dress-making by adding a few inches to the hemline after the fact. To keep in style with the pinafore, I added the extra band to look like another pin-tuck. I think it worked!
Both dress and pinafore afford serious twirl factor as well, always a must in a dress for Buggy!
It wouldn’t be complete unless we had a couple of little props, sewn into the pocket for the girl who loses everything at school!
Alice needed a side-kick and who better than one of her Fred rabbits to play the part of the white rabbit.
I made Fred a lined Wind Chill Coat by Noodle Clothing. She has some seriously lovely outfits for American Girl dolls. Fred isn’t quite the same size as an American Girl doll – bit narrower at the shoulders and wider around the waistline – but who’s looking closely?!
To set off the jacket, I felt he needed something at the neckline so I made up a lacey cravat -more in keeping from the latest Alice in Wonderland movie.
I love the detail of this coat, even though I was cursing as the long hours went by each evening this week still sewing! The pleated back and all the extra top stitching and buttons make it extra stylish.
The day of the Book Parade forecast rain and cold weather. The thought of Buggy wearing white at any time makes me apprehensive, but I knew after a day at school in inclement weather the pinafore may never be the same again. So I promised her and her brother a ‘Treat breakfast’ in the park if they got up early for a few snaps before the parade.
Cupcakes for breakfast, who wouldn’t say yes! But it was freezing and drizzly so my little Alice did great!
The book has been an interesting read. The conversations between Alice and characters in places are long-winded and nonsensical, so I found myself skimming over a few sections, but Buggy still seemed intent each night to read more and more chapters.
I think she completely relates to Alice’s inquisitive nature and her need to ask endless questions to understand the world around her.
And to find that elusive beautiful garden…