Um from Umbridge Costume

Stephanie’s invitation to be part of her Halloween Hacks series couldn’t have come at a better time: I’m making a crazy amount of costumes this year! Four nieces (plus a best friend, since they have to have coordinating costumes!), one nephew, and my own two boys!

You can scroll to the bottom of this post to see the list of bloggers who are also touring and find out how to win prizes in the Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt. Here’s a hint: you can find my graphic on one of my favorite posts from last month. Totally not helpful, huh? Muahahaa!!

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Now, on to the costume!

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I saw Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland at least three times in the theater when it came out. I loved the re-telling of the classic story and most of all, the amazing costumes! I talked to my oldest niece (almost 13) about doing an outfit based on one of the costumes and she loved the idea – I’ve mentioned before that she has the perfect Alice look. Her pick was the dress that Alice wears in the Red Queen’s castle in Salazen Grum where she introduces herself as Um from Umbridge. Is it too weird that I also know her actual (in the movie anyway) name is Iracebeth of Crims? I don’t really like things by halves (hello, CraftingCon!).

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I’m just going to apologize right here for the amount of pictures coming up. When something turns out like this, you take a lot of pictures, no?

So Alice has eaten some¬†Upelkuchen (that cake that makes her grow) and the Red Queen declares ” Someone find her some clothes, use the curtains if you must, but clothe this enormous girl!” Now, Cassidy’s tall (taller than me already, although that’s not saying much), but I didn’t have resort to using curtains ;)

I started with the Cherry Cosmopolitan Dress by Candy Castle Patterns. For the red dress, I followed the pattern almost exactly. The only thing I did different was to shirr the back panel and the lining piece before constructing the bodice so the elastic thread isn’t against her skin. The best part is that the red dress is completely separate so she can wear it by itself!

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Even though I’m going crazy with costumes this year, I’m trying to keep some practical elements so they can be used for more than just dress up after the 31st. Underneath a cardi, this will make a perfect party dress for the holidays!

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I sort of made up the petticoat/tutu as I went along. It’s ten yards of tulle (five red and five white) folded lengthwise, layered together, and gathered to a piece of elastic. The ruffle is three layers (about 20 yards a piece) of 6″ tulle, also gathered.

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Between that and the ruffles on the striped dress, I was ready to use the Cherry Cosmo recipe that came with the dress pattern! But you know it’s worth it when she refuses to take it off!

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The over dress is actually less complicated than it looks. I watched the movie again (why are there no good screen shots of this dress on Google??) and made sketches of which way all the stripes went on Alice’s dress and how the skirt was constructed.

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The front bodice is at an angle and one side bodice is vertical. The other side and the back are horizontal.

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I didn’t bother lining the bodice and left off the straps, which made that pretty fast. That ruffle runs from the back bodice, over the shoulder, down the front, around the skirt, and back up the other side – it started out over 300″ long (pre-ruffle)!

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After finished both long edges (talk about snoozeville), I decided to cheat (mainly so I didn’t strangle someone): I layered it with two layers of tulle and used 1/4″ elastic to basically “ruche” the whole thing by pulling it tight as I sewed over all the layers. So much faster and sooo much easier! It also made the shoulder strap stretchy so it doesn’t pop the stitching while she’s putting it on.

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All the fabrics are from JoAnn’s. I think the stripes were in the shirting section. I fully intended to stamp hearts on it like on the inspiration dress, but forgot until I’d finished sewing. There was no way I was taking a chance adding those after the fact!

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I love the way the ruffles trail behind when she walks! Of course, we couldn’t forget the arm bandage covered her scratches from the Bandersnatch.

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And one more ruffle shot, because I know you’ll appreciate it more than my husband ;)

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Fairfarren!

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Blog Tour!

Wednesday, October 1st: Rebekah Sews & Dog Under My Desk

Thursday, October 2nd: Friends Stitched Together & Sew Pandi

Friday, October 3rd: That’s What She Crafted & Everything Your Mama Made & More

Monday, October 6th: Shawnta Sews & Handmade Boy

Tuesday, October 7th: Muse of the Morning & Swoodson Says

Wednesday, October 8th: Call Ajaire & Sew McCool

Thursday, October 9th: Once Upon A Sewing Machine & imagine gnats

Friday, October 10th: The Sewing Geek & Feather’s Flights

Monday, October 13th: Get Your Crap Together & Needle and Ted

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19 comments

    • Amy and Tasha says:

      Thanks Chelsea! I had actually considered doing this for myself – but I don’t quite have Cass’s figure anymore ;)

  1. Ann says:

    I also haven’t watched the movie, but this is amazing! My daughter would love it and I dare not show her this… too lazy for all those ruffles;)

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