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Alice in Wonderland Inspired Dress

Added Feb 27, 2012

by CationDesigns

Los Angeles, Cal...






For the Sew Weekly Oscars theme, I chose Colleen Atwood’s award-winning Alice in Wonderland costumes. I based my version off of the pale blue with black palette, and tried to keep it floofy and girly while still being not too costume-y. I used lace instead of embroidery, and kept the tiered skirt but shortened it considerably to keep it wearable. Unfortunately, due to a poor sleeve pattern that I didn’t muslin beforehand, I can’t lift my arms at all. Oh well, I just need to stand around looking confused about the whereabouts of the white rabbit, right?

More details and photos here.

Material Notes

thrifted poly-cotton twin flat sheet, lots of lace trim, a giant lace applique piece




Garment Type

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    Feb 28, 2012, 10.30 PMby kerstika

    And again I say, “now surely, this must be the coolest dress EVER!”

    But seriously, this is just stunning. And I love, love, love the lace applique.

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      Mar 1, 2012, 07.15 PMby CationDesigns

      Aww you’re too kind. Yeah, I love that lace applique!

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    Feb 28, 2012, 07.58 PMby sewrusty

    I can’t believe it’s a reworked sheet! So beautiful! Sorry about the sleeves, but fashion doesn’t seem to care about practicality or mobility anyway…

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      Mar 1, 2012, 07.15 PMby CationDesigns

      Nope, who cares if you look good :) And yes, sheets are the best!

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    Feb 28, 2012, 07.01 PMby kelepso

    That’s pretty amazing to be a thrift sheet. It’s a shame you can’t lift your arms though. Regardless, it still a great dress.

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      Mar 1, 2012, 07.16 PMby CationDesigns

      Thanks! I’ll just make other people reach for things :)

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    Feb 28, 2012, 10.28 AMby Kasiorist

    gorgeous dress, I really like the combination of white fabric and the black front lace

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      Mar 1, 2012, 07.16 PMby CationDesigns

      Thank you! It’s actually a very pale blue, but it’s hard to photograph.

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    Feb 28, 2012, 09.44 AMby claudinka

    So so beautiful!

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    Feb 28, 2012, 06.18 AMby freakusbzzz

    very pretty, you look ver angeic. Can you redo the sleeves?

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      Mar 1, 2012, 07.17 PMby CationDesigns

      Thank you! Unfortunately, I don’t have enough fabric left to redo the sleeves. But I think that’s okay, as I don’t plan to wear this for active events anyway!

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    Feb 28, 2012, 05.28 AMby Harshani Daniel

    Wow , Nice dress

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    Feb 28, 2012, 12.27 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    So pretty and sweet! I love all the detailing especially :)

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      Mar 1, 2012, 07.18 PMby CationDesigns

      It’s my first time working with that much embellishment, so I’m glad it worked! Thank you!

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    Feb 27, 2012, 09.54 PMby mokosha

    wohoo.. and i thought that black dress you made before this was my favorite project of yours,, well, now this one is my favorite (probably only until you make something new).. beautiful dress

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      Mar 1, 2012, 07.19 PMby CationDesigns

      You are so sweet! Thank you, and I hope I don’t disappoint in the future :)

    • Me_large

      Mar 1, 2012, 07.21 PMby CationDesigns

      You are so sweet! Thank you, and I hope I don’t disappoint in the future :)

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    Feb 27, 2012, 08.59 PMby melonhead

    This dress is really beautiful!! The detailing on the front and the trim on the skirt…I’m in love!! Lovely work!! :)

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    Feb 27, 2012, 07.52 PMby kanamithedreamer

    I love it :)

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    Feb 27, 2012, 07.02 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    Lovely, beautiful combination of colors, very unique!!

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      Mar 1, 2012, 07.20 PMby CationDesigns

      All credit for the color combo goes to Colleen Atwood! She’s a genius.

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    Feb 27, 2012, 06.32 PMby asperge11

    This dress is really pretty! Well done :)

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