the Alice in Wonderland dress

It’s been a long time in coming, but we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve finished the Alice in Wonderland dress! And we’re delighted with how it came out — it’s one of our best custom projects yet!

We started with the perfect fabrics — silk charmeuse in a pale ocean blue, topped with one of the softest, sheerest fabrics on the market: silk chiffon, in a glorious Alice blue. Using very soft fabrics gives the dress the same look as the original from the film. (Anything made up doll-scale is usually better with a softer, lighter fabric, as normal fabric doesn’t drape and hang the same way on their smaller frames.)

We referenced many photos of the original dress, carefully trying to match the overall look and feel of the costume while adapting it to doll proportions.

We also selected the trims carefully, using a fine French lace for the hem ’embroidery’, and a tiny, delicate lace for the neckline. The effect is enchanting!

We took special care to make the sleeves accurate; the original dress features a square armscye with a tightly gathered sleeve cap and three tucks along the sleeve body. It took a little persistence to get the silk chiffon to co-operate, but we have no regrets about putting in the extra effort!

All in all, it was definitely one of our most ambitious projects, and we’re quite pleased with the way it turned out!

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8 thoughts on “the Alice in Wonderland dress

  1. How lovely! I’ve been wondering how this dress came along. The new Alice movie is my very favorite movie, and I love how this dress is in doll-scale!

  2. I LOVE that dress on Melody! Is the “Melody” doll still available from AG? Or, is she customized, like in rewigging??? 🙂

    ~Miranda

    • Hi Miranda,
      I’m a “Just Like Me” doll from American Girl (I guess they’re calling us “My American Girl” now), and I’ve never been customized.
      –Melody

    • Hi Kayley,
      Thanks for your kind words! I actually don’t know what number Melody is. However, we did curl her hair for the photoshoot — Kirsten’s our resident hair specialist and she did a fabulous job!
      –Melinda

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