Because she bears more than a passing resemblance to Alice, the little one decided she wanted a made-to-order Wonderland costume for her first ever Book Week at school.
I used the Wink Designs "Madeline Dress" pattern as the basis for the costume. The "Madeline Dress" is sleeveless so I did a bit of mix and match on the pattern piecing and used the sleeve piece from another pattern - the "Simply Sweet Blouse" - to make a short puff sleeve. Luckily, with a bit of gathering over the sleeve cap, it worked really well.
I drew up a simple pattern to create a tie-on apron and appliqued some playing card shapes onto the front. A bit of frilly trim later and we were there!
Big sister went as the Mad Hatter but put her outfit together from bits and pieces in her wardrobe. Was thankful for that as two handmade costumes probably would have pushed me over the edge! (Especially as I managed to lodge a pin in the metal plate of my sewing machine and had to finish the apron ties with fusible hemming tape.)