Homemade 1865 Alice in Wonderland with Hoopskirt Costume

My 12 year old cousin wanted to be Alice in Wonderland for Halloween and I decided to do it right.  I’m a person who researches everything and it has to be perfect. So I discovered that Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland in 1865 meaning that Alice would have had a laced up girls gown with pinafore and hoop-skirt.

To make this Alice in Wonderland costume, I used feather-light boning and wide binding for the hoop skirt and gave it a petticoat ruffle trim, made up a white petticoat trimmed in eyelet lace to go over the hoop-skirt, and then made a muslin lined, blue dress with puff sleeves and white collar trimmed at the bottom in black satin ribbon with back lacing.

I created a white, double-layered pinafore with two small pockets and embellished it with light blue stitching and a skeleton key with black ribbon.  Alice wore a black ribbon in her hair in the storybooks, but ribbons never stay in real girls’ hair so I covered a headband in black satin ribbon and stitched a black satin bow to the top.

Lastly, we put her in white stockings and plain black strapped shoes.  I finished her costume off with a small vile complete with a “Drink Me” label.  She was thrilled with the turn out of her Alice in Wonderland costume and loved twirling in what she called her “cupcake skirt.”

Homemade 1865 Alice in Wonderland with Hoopskirt Costume

Homemade 1865 Alice in Wonderland with Hoopskirt Costume

Homemade 1865 Alice in Wonderland with Hoopskirt Costume

Homemade 1865 Alice in Wonderland with Hoopskirt Costume

Homemade 1865 Alice in Wonderland with Hoopskirt Costume

Homemade 1865 Alice in Wonderland with Hoopskirt Costume

Homemade 1865 Alice in Wonderland with Hoopskirt Costume

Homemade 1865 Alice in Wonderland with Hoopskirt Costume

Homemade 1865 Alice in Wonderland with Hoopskirt Costume