How to dress like the Queen of Hearts, the 1951 Alice in Wonderland version

February 20, 2021


Your favorite decapitator from 1951's Alice in Wonderland is an easy character to play, if you just read a lot of news about fascist leaders worldwide and put your Alice levels of craftiness and imagination to use. 

The petulant despot was supposedly inspired by gossip columnist Louella Parsons, reportedly said Walt Disney in an interview with Parsons' rival Hedda Hopper. 

Louella Parsons, pictured here in 1937, was called the Queen of Hollywood Gossip

How to make the Queen of Hearts costume

There are five sewing patterns needed for this costume if you plan on creating it from scratch, according to K.A: collar, bodice, neckline, sleeves, and skirt. If you somehow just want to purchase the skirt, make sure to go for the hoop skirt, which has that bell shape. 

A good seamstress? You can try this sewing pattern for hoop skirts or you can follow this clip.


Be inventive with the crown (your beer can will do) and the paddle (which can be created with craft foam and wooden dowel). 


The web is a pool of tears brimming with thousands of ready-to-wear Queen of Hearts costumes, many of them not the Disney animated version, unfortunately. Just remember to look for those with a yellow underskirt as they tend to be the closest ones to the movie.

The Queen of Hearts makeup tutorials

Either bark some orders to a professional makeup artist like the tyrant that you are or put on makeup yourself with these DIY videos. 

So you think you can sew. But "do you play croquet?" 

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