Intro: Cheshire Cat costume

It wasn’t historical, but it was fun! I made a Cheshire Cat costume for my friend Claire for Halloween in 2010, during my first semester of Div III. I used one of the standard animal costume patterns, I think from Simplicity, and made it out of cotton quilter’s flannel in royal blue and in grape purple. Most of the body was purple, with a blue belly and blue stripes on the back. I made a nice long tail and put wire in so it bounced in cat-like fashion when she moved. The costume is finished off with striped paws and a pair of big blue ears with purple centers, set onto a purchased headband covered with the blue fabric. Complete with drawn on nose and whiskers, she was ready for Halloween – along with friends dressed as Alice and the Mad Hatter, no less.

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