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Caterpillar Dress- Alice in Wonderland party

Added Feb 13, 2012

by anikissed

Perth, Australia






We were invited to an Alice in Wonderland birthday party.

I loved the idea of something more imaginative, so raided my cupboard.

The bodice is based on the burda cap sleeve bodice, but I pieced together the bodice so I could have the underbody of the caterpillar.

For the skirt, I knew I needed a train, but I wanted something more than a circle skirt. I ended up cutting a slit the same length as the bodice width ina long rectangle of fabric (about 1.5m). I sewed it onto the bodice so the front and back had tight radiating gathers, and the rest was a smooth join. I’ll try and add pictures, because that doesn’t make such sense to me either!

I attached the rest of the scarf to the skirt so it matched the pieced bodice.

Once the main dress form was finished, I tried it on and tacked the netting in gathers under the back of the skirt and train, until it looked like I wanted.

I cut 4 sets of feet out of felt and tacked them on, donned the wig, and was transformed into a beautiful… caterpillar.

For more see “my blog”:http://button-lover.blogspot.com.au/

Material Notes

Blue poplin for most of the dress.

The green pannel is a cheap scarf from Cambodia. So cheap in fact that it was one of a few given to us at a hotel we stayed at. I’d been using it as a table runner but it was stained, and I thought the shimmery green worked well for a caterpillar.

3m green net to try and fill out the tail.

Felt for feet.




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