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Friday, 3 July 2015

Alice In Wonderland Costume

Today was an unofficial Book Day at the school I work at.
Being creatively inclined an opportunity to dress up is an opportunity not to be missed and so great thought and excitement goes into making something to wear!

It's the 150th Anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland classic this year so I thought it fitting to be Alice. But, in the moment of her bursting through the W.Rabbit's cottage after drinking from the 'Drink Me' bottle. I had found some inspiration on good old Pinterest

Yes, the most impractical costume to wear when working with small children in a heatwave. But heyho! was still fun to make and wear and easy to take on and off. So thanks to my new Tripod I made a mini photoshoot of my costume.


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An Exert from Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland:
(in bold are the key points to include in the costume if you want to be a true prop maker!)

"Very soon the Rabbit noticed Alice, as she went hunting about, and called out to her in an angry tone, `Why, Mary Ann, what are you doing out here? Run home this moment, and fetch me a pair of gloves and a fan! Quick, now!' And Alice was so much frightened that she ran off at once in the direction it pointed to, without trying to explain the mistake it had made.
`He took me for his housemaid,' she said to herself as she ran. `How surprised he'll be when he finds out who I am! But I'd better take him his fan and gloves--that is, if I can find them.' As she said this, she came upon a neat little house, on the door of which was a bright brass plate with the name `W. RABBIT' engraved upon it. She went in without knocking, and hurried upstairs, in great fear lest she should meet the real Mary Ann, and be turned out of the house before she had found the fan and gloves...


...By this time she had found her way into a tidy little room with a table in the window, and on it (as she had hoped) a fan and two or three pairs of tiny white kid gloves: she took up the fan and a pair of the gloves, and was just going to leave the room, when her eye fell upon a little bottle that stood near the looking-glass. There was no label this time with the words `DRINK ME,' but nevertheless she uncorked it and put it to her lips. `I know something interesting is sure to happen,' she said to herself, `whenever I eat or drink anything; so I'll just see what this bottle does. I do hope it'll make me grow large again, for really I'm quite tired of being such a tiny little thing!'

It did so indeed, and much sooner than she had expected: before she had drunk half the bottle, she found her head pressing against the ceiling, and had to stoop to save her neck from being broken. She hastily put down the bottle, saying to herself `That's quite enough--I hope I shan't grow any more--As it is, I can't get out at the door--I do wish I hadn't drunk quite so much!..."

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