For my ghostly Homemade Mad Hatter Halloween Costume, I started with the hat. I added purple satin under the grey tulle, added a brim of the same fabric. I hot glued a peacock feather, added hat pins and the price tag stating “in this style 10/6”. Under the hat is a curly red wig that was teased and pulled out to look crazy.
The eye brows are made from a theatrical mustache of human hair cut in half and dyed red, teased, trimmed and sprayed with hairspray. They were attached with spirit gum after the makeup was applied. White foundation was applied to entire face and neck. Purple eye shadow was applied to upper and lower eyelids with and just below cheek bones. White eyeliner applied to the inner eyelid and as eyelashes on lower lid. Just draw 5 small lines just under your own lashes.
I used mascara primer as white mascara. My nails are painted orange with a thimble on my finger. My thumb is taped up. I found a retro fitted sports coat in red and purple. I stitched white lace to the sleeves of a tuxedo shirt and stained it with tea. I found some checked pants that clashed just right. A scarf was fashioned into an oversized bow tie. And another scarf draped from the pants’ waistband.
I linked 20 spools of different colored tread with a leather cord and sewed it onto a cotton belt and worn as a sash over the sports coat.
Alice in Wonderland characters are always a good go-to for a Halloween costume. But you just can't go with a run-of-the-mill Wonderland costume if you want to impress; you have to create a really good one. I decided to base my costume on both the new Johnny Depp version of the Mad Hatter and the old school Disney animated Mad Hatter.
I had inherited, in the past, a 1970s purple tuxedo jacket and I remodeled it to look more like a Victorian dinner jacket. I then added paisley-patterned cuffs to it. I found the plaid pants and vest at a thrift store. The tie was made from some spare fabric I found and I sewed lace to the cuffs of an old white button-up shirt I had.
To "top" it all off, I got a black top hat and white wig. The Mad Hatter's signature "In the style of 10/6" card is in the band of the hat. Black and white socks completed the Homemade Mad Hatter Costume.
Needless to say, after all that work, I was ready for a cup of tea!
My Homemade Mad Hatter Halloween Costume was inspired by Tim Burton's new movie "Alice in Wonderland" due for release in 2010. I love the twist that Burton puts on all his characters in his films, which is one of the reasons I chose to model my costume on his version of the Mad Hatter. My wife and I made the entire costume ourselves.
Materials Used: clothes and shoes from the thrift store, paints(acrylic & spray), glues, fabric remnants, buttons, wooden spools, colored string, foam core, peacock feather jewelry, yellow/green contacts, red/orange hair tracks, hair weave cap, hair track glue, tea cup and saucer, yellow nail polish, white and black tape.
It took us nearly a month to put together and 3 hours to apply all makeup and put the costume on. However, we had a lot of fun making it and we hope everyone enjoys the end result.