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Happy Valentine's Day from Bernina V6 Contest

QUEEN OF HEARTS – Costume for Alice in Wonderland Children’s Theater Production

I made this costume for my grandaughter, Beth Ann when she played the Queen of Heartsin Alice in Wonderland,  in a Youth Theater production in Austin, TX. This is the only picture I have.  Check the zoom to see the whole thing!

I used part of an old Daisy Kingdom pattern for the red and white satin top (back zipper) and drafted the sleeve length (to measure) to the puffed sleeve portion.  Using gold thread I machine embroidered the fabric for the puffed sleeve top and created and inserted white satin bias piping between the upper and lower portion of the sleeve. I drafted a pattern for the skirt portion and made it longer as in a gown, with the center white panel matching white for white at the waist.  I embellished the white  front panel with appliqued red hearts, and machine embroidered tiny gold hearts on the seam edges where the red meets the white. Heart embellished white lace, trimmed the sleeve at wrist and at neck.  I created a lined, crinoline and tulle underskirt with elastic waistband, so that it would puff out and so that she could wear it under another costume or long skirt.  The red satin heart appliques were ironed on the white satin center front panel with double stick film, and were trimmed with red sequins and the heart applique on the blouse top was trimmed with tiny pearls.  The underskirt was lined to not scratch her legs from the tulle and I had hand stitched tulle puffs to hold the puffed sleeve portion out.  I hand stitched the hem so that white lace would show at the bottom.  The whole thing took me a week to construct AFTER I measured, designed, drafted, selected fabric, and cut it out.  It was a labor of love and a little “over the top” even for me, but great fun!

With her white crown and a red heart satin magic wand I made her,  trimmed with machine embroidery and sequins (not shown) made her a truly regal Queen of Hearts.  In any case, she won MY heart!


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    Merilyn | | #1

    What a darling dress and such a pretty little girl. Great idea and so outstanding.

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    RSAdams | | #2

    Aww, she will have such wonderful memories of this special outfit!

  3. Lady_Jaydee | | #3

    Thank you RSAdams and Merilyn.
    RS, I read with interest your personal profile and your new "single mom at 40" status. Your photograph shows you to be a beautiful woman and your talent for creating something beautiful is clearly evident. Your kind comments show you to be sensitive and caring. Never fear and never falter in your quest to rebuild a beautiful life. I too was a single mom and remarried (in Dallas, Texas!) at 40, (2 yrs. after my divorce) to a wonderful man to whom I've been married since 1983! I thought I'd never find the right man, but did - which took me by surprise because I wasn't looking at the time. Sometimes, when you least expect it, life brings you blessings and more blessings. I believe people like you are natural magnets for that to happen if it hasn't already! Happiness to you and yours and many blessings!
    Lady Jaydee

  4. Clarasita | | #4

    I'm tearing up reading the 1st comment. How can I add to that?

  5. MaureenCarroll | | #5

    This is absolutely adorable! I bet your granddaughter loved it and will always remember what her grandmother made for her! I have 2 young granddaughters that I am just beginning to sew for and they have a million things they want me to make for them - great motivation to continue sewing and improving my skills! Thanks for sharing this picture - it is so inspiring to see what can be done with a little diligence and a lot of love!

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    Nashrunner | | #6

    I am about to make a "Red Queen" costume for a neighbor child, Robin-August, who is in a children's production of Alice in Wonderland this summer. As she has really, really bright red hair naturally, I am a little afraid of so much red near the face, but we'll see how it works out. She's 7 years old and so excited that she's going to be the Red Queen, has seen the Tim Burton movie, etc. The costume shown is really great and gives me good ideas. I do some machine embroidery, have the Viking machine, etc but never thought about working large areas as on the top of sleeves, etc. Good inspiration. Maybe I can post a photo of my version. Thanks!

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