Need an extremely cool costume for a hot-weather trick or treat destination? I dressed Red and Scarlett up to celebrate the fright at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort. As a part of my service to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, I was asked to review the party with my kids and pen this DisneyFamily.com article with Tips to navigate Mickey’s Halloween Party. Since I already had a Cheshire Cat inspired LuLaRoe dress and a sweet Alice dress as a hand-me-down from my god-daughter, I knew a White Rabbit Costume Vest for Red was the way to go!
White Rabbit Costume Vest
As you can see, the base of the costume was a white t-shirt and gray shorts, which Red already had in his dresser. We took some cues from The White Rabbit’s movie costume, using these base pieces and I created a red vest with accents and props to complete the White Rabbit Costume.
I purchased red twill from my local fabric store, picking up buttons, a watch chain, bias tape, felt and even a small key to add to the White Rabbit Costume Vest. All in all, I only spent about $15, seeing that some of the felt was already hiding in my craft drawer. I also already owned an (affiliate link) kids woven vest pattern which I sized to Red and created in about an hour with the red twill.
White Rabbit Pocket Watch Prop
The White Rabbit’s pocket watch took a little longer to create since I was driving without a game plan and feeling like my creative juices were directing me. Most of the watch was made with hot glue and reinforced felt.
Using an old pencil holder, I traced the felt to the size I needed for the pocket watch, cutting out two identical circles.
I also made a slightly smaller circle from double-sided interfacing, ironing the parts together firmly without steam.
The watch face I made with four small black buttons, felt watch hands and heart accent (a nod to the White Rabbit’s work for the Queen of Hearts). The other watch face dots are made from sharpie dots.
The top of the watch fob was made using the same method as the body of the pocket watch. Mine posed as a wind-up knob at the top. You could add drawn lines or stitching to this portion to add dimension or keep it flat and cartoony like we did.
Since the edges are raw from ironing and sandwiching the interfacing, I wanted to cap them off with a bold edge. I “stitched in the ditch” with some simple bias tape in an accent gold color, folding it over, ironing it sharp, and adding a bit of glue to seal it shut.
To affix the pocket watch to the White Rabbit Costume Vest, used a cheap jewelry department chain sewn to one end. You’ll notice that I left the lobster claw hook open.
I stitched a loop inside the faux welt pocket to hook the lobster clasp to, enabling Red to open the vest and get dressed. The other side of the chain was hand stitched to the other faux welt pocket. The second lobster clasp holds the key that is mentioned so many times in the Alice Books (and to be honest it came in a set so I was happy to add and use it)! It should be noted that this wiggly (then) six-year-old had the key loose and undone within only a few hours of wearing the costume. Too much fun to not play with!
White Rabbit Disneybound for Kids
When we’re not braving the heat in Florida for Halloween, this White Rabbit Costume Vest can serve nicely in our costume closet for a Disneybound! The pocket watch can also be removed for a Valentine’s Day vest addition, and of course, buttons can always be swapped out. Can you think of other Disneybounds that Red can pull off using this red vest? It’s a great base piece!
Be sure to stop by the Disney Parks Moms Panel for more vacation advice from me and other pro planners. It’s free to use and completely magical! If we get to return for another Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, I’ll have to revive my Darla from Finding Nemo or maybe my Vanellope Von Schweetz costumes!