Alice in Wonderland sewing pattern

Alice in Wonderland sewing pattern

I was absolutely determined not to get caught out by World Book Day this year having had the expense of having a costume express shipped at the 11th hour last year. I asked my Pixie Princess who/what she wanted to be mid-February and she didn’t hesitate before answering ‘Alice!’ A quick Google search resulted in the purchase of my first ever McCall’s pattern, M4948; I ordered some plain cotton poplin from Minerva and having read through the instructions, decided it all looked straightforward and promptly left the project on the back burner for a bit.

Mccalls m4948 review fancy dress costume

Ah the perils of thinking you have the luxury of time! When the day arrived to start, I poured a coffee, yawned and stretched, got out my tracing paper and pen and cracked open the envelope…Yep, you guessed it, I’d ordered the wrong size; I ended up having to get the Kids size express shipped anyway. I’m sensing a theme here! Thankfully it turned up the next morning as promised. img_4492

I then looked at the size chart and realised my PP spanned three sizes, so I got busy tracing, grading and cutting. The pattern has a lined bodice, cuffed puff sleeves, zip at CB, a mock apron top which is attached to the bodice, a separate apron skirt and a full dress skirt.

For regular readers, you may recall back in my The Paola Turtleneck Tee post I’d described feeling low, wanting to kick the capsule wardrobe ethos kerbside and sew something frivolous instead? This certainly fit that bill! I enjoyed every second making this; I like McCall’s instructions…they’re clear without being wordy. In fact this is such a simple sew I found myself barely consulting the instructions at certain points and I certainly did my own thing with the apron skirt waistband/tie.

The pattern calls for you to cut one very long piece of wide ribbon for the waistband/apron tie piece. That wasn’t happening; I had enough of the white cotton fabric left to make it out of that. Because the pattern piece was so long I did have to cut two pieces, add on a small seam allowance and sew them together resulting in a little seam centre front. But who cares, right?! I turned up a small hem allowance top and bottom and then pressed it in half, sandwiched the top edge of the apron skirt in between – making sure it was aligned at centre front – and then used my edgestitching foot to stitch and enclose the whole length of the tie and the apron skirt within. I slipstitched the ends together.

In fact, the patterns calls for a fair bit of hand stitching – not my strongest point – and I certainly did it at the cuffs, enclosing the waist seam allowance in the bodice lining and at the zip. I was pretty pleased…

Exposed zip in a lined bodice

What I did not do, no Siree, was handstitch the skirt hem in place. Give me a break, there’s so much of it! I machine stitched and it looks just fine thank you all the same McCalls, haha!

All in all I’m absolutely chuffed with this make! I’m even glad I initially ordered the wrong size – I feel almost compelled to make myself an outfit for Halloween this year! Perhaps the Queen of Hearts? Or more likely, the Wicked Witch!!

And off went my PP to school, one very happy girl which makes me a very happy Mom!


 Until next time,

Sew Sarah smith


9 thoughts on “Alice in Wonderland Costume : McCalls M4948

  1. Erin says:

    I’m actually trying to make this costume for my daughter (only modified to be Princess Peach) and I wish you could have done a video tutorial of you making this. I’m a visual learner and VERY MUCH a beginner when it comes to sewing. I always seem to do things better if I can see how it’s done beforehand. You did a wonderful job and your daughter is ADORABLE.


  2. Hi Holly…so sorry it’s taken me so long to see this! Ah I did a,tear the costume so she could wear it again for this years World Book Day. Hope you managed to sort something out in the end. Xxx


  3. Holly says:


    I know this might be a long shot… Any way I can rent that costume for my daughters school play. I’ll send it back after in perfect condition. She is a size 6/7 looks about the same size as pics. I have no sewing ability and the other girls are taller and she wont fit the costume 3 girls are sharing. It’s the same pattern they used. I would be do so grateful. Holly


  4. Thank you Sharon, what a wonderful comment, thank you! It is important to remind ourselves why we sew sometimes isn’t it…I bet your new grandchilds outfits are gorgeous and we’re great fun to sew xx


  5. Sharon says:

    Sarah, this is fab! Your daughter looks delightful as Alice and I’m sure she was thrilled to wear this yesterday. Did you have to fend off the ‘orders’ from other parents at school? Ha ha!
    I know exactly what you mean about veering away from the practical, capsule making for a bit. I’ve recently made a few tiny dresses for my newborn granddaughter and, for now, it’s fulfilled that need to sew something a bit different. As always, your retelling of this make was informative and I like your bit of rule-breaking where it obviously makes sense!

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  6. Thank you; it was worth it to see her so happy!!


  7. Fabulous dress. All your sewings efforts make your daughter looking so cute.

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  8. Thank you Amanda love! I know, right?! Me too, puff ball sleeves! 😂😘


  9. Amanda says:

    This is amazing Sarah, glad you’ve got your Sewjo back!!! I wouldn’t mind one of these for myself as the puff sleeves are fab!!! xxx

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