Today I am participating in Sara’s (from Made-by-Sara) series to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
For my Alice in Wonderland inspired creation, I decided to hop back into my own childhood and recreate my very favorite dress that has always reminded me of Alice.
Me circa 1979 wearing my favorite dress
This dress is a Gunne Sax and it was the most luxurious piece of clothing I have ever owned. Ever. I do still have the original dress but it is very fragile now and worn. A lot of stitching has come out and the zip is falling off. A new one was in order!
Meet Alice. She has many adventures in a fabulous book written by Lewis Caroll 150 years ago. She falls down a rabbit hole and meets all sorts of strange and wonderful characters.
I tried to construct it the same as the original, which proved to be an entirely new experience for me. Each piece was individually lined before putting the bodice together. It was like sewing a puzzle. And all that lace. MY GOODNESS THERE IS A TON OF LACE! I actually ran out. Twice.
I started with the Noelle Party dress by Peek-a-Boo pattern shop *affiliate link* and started to cut it up into pieces. I knew that bodice fit my daughter well, so it was a good base.
Let me tell you, that collar? Pain in the butt to get right. In the end it turned out slightly different than the Gunne Sax, but we both like it. My girl said that it doesn’t choke her, so that is a plus right there. She can wear it up or folded down, depending on her mood.
This story is timeless, and has spanned decades, but Alice’s character will always be from this old fashioned prim and proper England, dressed in blue, that this story put into my head oh so long ago. I love seeing how both my girls absolutely still love all the frill and lace and soft textures that vintage-inspired dresses can have.
It is a pleasure to celebrate this classic story’s anniversary with all of you!
The world has gotten curiouser and curiouser since it has been written. And that is not a bad thing.
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Come back tomorrow when I will share what my oldest sewed up for the celebration, and in the meantime, you can hop on over to Huisje Boompje Boofjes and A Jennuine Life to see what they made!
*Edited: Come back MONDAY to see The Bee’s creation, but tomorrow to see what we are reading this week. Bet you can guess!