My daughter wanted a Cheshire Cat costume from The Disney cartoon version of Alice in Wonderland. The costumes you could purchase online were either too babyish or too grown-up sexy for a tween-ager. So I jumped into action! I found it a challenge to create an age-appropriate costume that was really cool. I started searching on the internet for Cheshire Cat ears, tail, a dress, leg warmers and cat gloves.
The Cheshire Cat from the cartoon has challenging colors but I was really lucky to find pieces that matched perfectly. Let me tell you, Etsy is an awesome resource for costumes pieces and accessories. The ears and tail were hand made by Etsy artist Ms. Kitty\’s Closet. She was able to make them a size that would fit a kid.
Etsy artist, Pawstar, are the geniuses behind the lag warmers and cat gloves. They also made a custom order using my daughter\’s measurements to make pieces that would fit her petite frame. With about two weeks to Halloween time was tight and these artists turned out beautiful costume pieces that made it awesome.
The Cheshire Cat costume also consisted of a handmade skirt and furry vest which my Mom-in-law helped us create. It was touch and go on the vest as the first order I had placed for the pink and purple striped fur was out of stock and I had to find another supplier. Luckily the fur got to us three days before Halloween and the vest was our last piece!
We added a little face make-up, purple tights, a hot pink long sleeve t-shirt, a homemade Cheshire grin on a chopstick and voila! The Cool Cheshire Cat costume was born! My daughter and her costume won second place for all of seventh grade at her middle school costume contest! The costume did some trick-or-treating and went to a teenager Halloween party Halloween night. We got a lot of compliments from everyone we saw on Halloween! Check out the pics!
Original Cheshire Cat Costume for Women
I made this clubby Cheshire Cat costume head-to-toe! I handmade the corset using a simple pattern from Joann Fabrics – it laces in the back with alternating pink and purple ribbon long enough to drape down to my knees. I then made a patch worked round skirt that tied with ribbon, and laid it over a super easy homemade tutu (no patterns). I left the edges raw to give it a distressed, post-apocalyptic feel.
I patch worked pink and purple fur to make the boot covers and wore them over super high platform boots.
The ears were made with fake fur and hot-glued onto hair clips. The hair piece was created using fake synthetic hair, dreaded and tied to lace, then tied around two side buns. Adding pieces of coordinating foam strips and ribbon gave the pigtails volume and character. To add whimsy, I made a “Chesire grin” out of crafters foam and glued it to a painted wood stick. I added the words, “Go ask Alice” and “We’re all mad here…” to either side of the stick to further the “Wonderland” effect.
As you can guess, this is not a “literal” Cheshire cat – but more of a heavy ‘nod’ to the Cheshire Cat so I could express my own creative style.
Coolest Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat Homemade Halloween Costume
During this year I did a little experience with a costume maker, it was the best thing I ever did. So I decided this year it was about time to make a full on proper Halloween costume because Halloween has always been such a big passion of mine. My favorite musical ever was “Cats” so I did some research on the costumes used in that musical, and decided to make a Cheshire Cat costume from Alice in Wonderland! I especially wanted a big tail, the only time of year you can get away with a tail, so I just had to!
Part 1: I started with the leotard, purchased some pink Lycra and attacked the sewing machine. I stitched up a run of the mill leotard to fit me, and I fitted to a mannequin but I made sure to cover the mannequin in plastic bin liners first so I wouldn’t get paint on my mannequin. I used a mixture of pink and purple acrylic paints, and also black permanent marker, to get a ‘hairy textured’ look to the leotard.
Part 2: Was stitch up some long haired fur I purchased onto the neck of the leotard, and onto the wrists, I then made baggy leg warmers, easy to make with just one runner stitch up and down.
Part 3: I got an old belt and painted it with the same colors that I used on my leotard, then came the tail. With calico I measured to of the same sized patterns roughly 3 ft long, stitched them together, then with strong fabric glue I pieced together piece after piece of pink and purple fur, left to dry. To fill it out I then got an old pillow, and took the stuffing from the inside of it and put it in the tail. Stitched it to my belt and hey presto, my tail.
My face paints were a simple use of snazaroos pink, purple, black and white. I also purchased a long pink wig and style to big ears into it, using a back combing brush.
Unique and Cute Cheshire Cat Costume
I had fun making this Cheshire Cat costume. I have always loved Alice in Wonderland, the Disney Version! I picked up furry boot covers at a Halloween store, then I cut and glued them together to create the striped look. I did that for the tail as well, then stuffed it full of cotton, added an elastic loop to attach it.
I used the leftover fur, added it to pre-made/bought black cat ears, then made a purse with the rest. I made the tutu with a no-sew tutorial and paired it with a tank top I already had. To finish my costume off, I made a smile and attached it to a stick, made a few bracelets with pony beads, and added fishnet gloves.
It took eight kids nap times to get this costume put together! It was all worth it! Hope you enjoy this costume and tutorial, make it your own, add a wig or tights! Enjoy!
A Different Kind of Homemade Cheshire Cat Costume
My family participates in All Hallows Fantasy Faire every year as the court of the Dark Fairy Queen (who I portray). This year my daughter wanted a Cheshire Cat costume, as we had planned on a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party for the children at the event. So, I began to search for striped fabric to make the costume, but I couldn’t find any I liked.
So I created my own. I took some pink low pile fur and cut it in zigzagged stripes. Next, I took some purple fabric, and cut out the pattern. I then sewed each “stripe” randomly all over the pieces. The final step was the hot pink marabu feather boa that sewed at the ears, arms, and legs. I love the way it turned out! The furry stripes and feather boa gave a texture to the costume, making it pop!
Cheshire was in evidence, causing mischief and getting into all sorts of trouble all weekend! A definite photo favorite of the fantasy faire!
Coolest Homemade Cheshire Cat Costume Ideas
The Cheshire cat costume took about one week to make. I got the idea from another catcostume which I found while searching for an Alice in Wonderland costume!
I started by sewing strips of pink and purple fuzzy material together. Then I cut a small adult animal bodypattern out of the striped material and sewed it together according to the directions. I then cut out and sewed on a tail to the rear of the costume using a clear fishing line to attach the other end of the tail to the hand of the cat so it would sway back and forth.
The body of the cat took only two days. The remainder of the week was left to work on the head. I made the head of the cat using a baseball cap as a starting point. Cutting fabric and attaching it in a way that I thought would make it look like the Cheshire cat, stuffing it to get the right size. As a final detail extra large goggle eyes were attached to give it the Mad Cat stare.
Total Spent: $60
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