Constable Crane

Costume :The Mad Hatter
Variant :main version
Source :Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton version)
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London Film and Comic Con 2010

Costume Photos

In to the Woods

The Mad Hatter 2012 (full length)

The Mad Hatter 2012 (Posing)

The Mad Hatter 2012

Mad Hatter Full Length

Mad Hatter Portrait

The Mad Hatter (progress) 5

The Mad Hatter (progress) 4

The Mad Hatter (progress) 3

The Mad Hatter (progress) 2

The Mad Hatter (progress) 1

costume reference


Costume Information

Cost : £250
Awards : 1st place at Starfury T2, 1st at LFCC 2010, 1st at Manch expo 2011
Time Taken : Two Weeks

when ever there's a new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaberation on the horizon I will always consider it.

I have seen possible test and concept pic for Johnny Depp's role and I'm looking forward to making it

This is debuting at the World Prem of 'Alice In Wonderland' in London and then will be making its first appearance at London Film and Comic Con 2010.


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So looking forward to this, Little Bro. Especially now that I've seen the trailer. It will be fab to join you as the White Queen.

by Sephirayne on Friday, 24 July, 2009 - 23:29
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Really looking forward to seeing you and Emma do this! The costumes are fantastic in this Burton version! Good Luck guys, you're going to look amazing!

by Bunni on Tuesday, 28 July, 2009 - 09:53

theres the offical trailer on you tube now! you can see the whole costume! its amazing! good luck with this! ;)

by on Tuesday, 1 September, 2009 - 23:49
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Looking awesome. Its so awesome seeing this come together in person. Can't wait to see more of it. X

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 - 10:16
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I shall be watching this intently ^_^ Can't wait to see it done!

by sjbonnar on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 - 11:25
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OMG that hat is amazing!

by FairyPorchQueen on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 - 11:58
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This is going to be awesome...I have never actually seen you in person, but i've seen plenty of great pics of you in your many (amazing) Depp costumes. I sort of guessed you'd be doing this one :) can't wait to see it done.

by Wyrdsister on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 - 13:54
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Hat looks AMAZING! keep up the good work!!!

by Bunni on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 - 14:08
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Stunning work! Can't wait to see this finished!

by Uni on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 - 16:06
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very nice sir! very nice indeed!

by callmemilo on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 - 17:54
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WOW! The hat looks fantastic! Good luck with the rest of the costume, i'm sure it'll be utter amazing though.

by Neko-Chan on Tuesday, 23 February, 2010 - 21:29
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Love the amount of detail you're putting into this!


by KhaosKreator on Wednesday, 24 February, 2010 - 01:05
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that looks sooo good :D im seriously thinking about making a to-scale Cheshire Cat costume sometime :D

by flames-of-monki on Wednesday, 24 February, 2010 - 01:22
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wonderfulxxx love the hat^^

by Mistress_Kitsune on Wednesday, 10 March, 2010 - 09:07
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Brilliant 8D

by RanmaSyaoran on Wednesday, 10 March, 2010 - 10:48
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You look radical!

by Captain_Marvelous on Wednesday, 10 March, 2010 - 10:51
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Wow this looks amazing! You make a fantastic Mad Hatter

by Littlegeeky on Wednesday, 10 March, 2010 - 12:39
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this looks amazing!! well done you!

by Lozzie on Wednesday, 10 March, 2010 - 18:28
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very exciting progress, mate.... looking forward to seeing the final result at expo, good luck!

by callmemilo on Wednesday, 24 March, 2010 - 17:08

Love the hat. Really great progress there for 3 days <3

by - on Thursday, 15 July, 2010 - 16:38
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Wow! Thank you for all the feedback. It means a lot.

I'll have some up to date pics for you soon ;)

by Constable Crane on Wednesday, 19 January, 2011 - 02:51
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Wow! This looks fantastic!

by DrunkleyCP on Wednesday, 9 February, 2011 - 11:23
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This is amazing work. You have done an awesome job. Love it ;)

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 9 February, 2011 - 17:29
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by Sammymisa on Sunday, 20 May, 2012 - 16:11

To-Do List

Complete TrousersHighIn Progress
Make JacketHighPlanned
Make Waistcoat MaterialMediumPlanned
Start sourcing materialsLowComplete
Keep an eye for any further reference pics LowComplete
Alter WigLowPlanned
Shorten Needles for HatLowPlanned

Shopping List

Fabric£0.00To Buy
4 Mattress Neddles£8.00To Buy
Make-up Air Brush£100.00To Buy


Hat remake (progress) (Posted 11th March 2012)


This is taking ages, Still hand embroidering on the brim. So hope its worth it

hat remake (Posted 8th February 2012)

After careful consideration I have decided 2 remake & alter my Hatter costume as I felt it
could benefit from some improvement.
I always felt the siloute was wrong somehow, that the proportions were off making my
legs & body look short. Johnny afterall has much longer legs than me so can look strange
when I dont take that into account

why did I do this LOL (Posted 7th February 2012)

Well...the remake has comenced.... oh boy!
Started with taking the hat apart....which was a slighty sad experience. I have
now reshaped the base so it now 'tapers' as the original does.
I then chose to get a selection of fabric pens & coloured it... to give a closer colour match
& to add to the destressed look.
I am currently embroidering gold thread into it in odd to match the pattern even closer,
this is the tough bit.......& has already taken a total of two weeks sewing time.

Stage two (Posted 24th March 2010)

After running a 'stunt double' version of the costume at the Alice in Wonderland world Premiere, I was able to see how the costume would fair and would the make-up hold.

Still working on the trousers and Jacket. I have decided to costume make the material for the waistcoat as I did not like the paint job on the waiscoat I had done. Also for safety I have decided to shorten the needles going into the hat.

Also the wig needs work.... way toooo Bonkers,, could bearly get the hat on.

Finishing the Hat (Posted 23rd February 2010)

Now that the base was complete I needed to complete all the details to finally finish it.

I hand painted and made the scarf that goes around it.

I found some long frniture needles that worked well as hat pins. I added all the decorations to them by hand and painted them.

Finally finishing off with the hat card. This was made with craft foam which was painted in acrylic paint and varnished.

The hat (Posted 23rd February 2010)

The next task was the big one. I was dreading but also looking forward to this one as its one of the main focal points of the costume.

I was debating how to do this for a while. In the end settled on buying a fancy dress top hat that I could take apart and then work from the template.

Found the fabric but it was more expensive than I planned so I better not mess this one up.

I took apart the shop brought hat to create templates out of. Using a camper mat I made new pieces. I then matched the pieces in the fabric and hand sewed them together.

I'm pleased with the result.

Started. The tie ;) (Posted 23rd February 2010)

Finally started after taking some time to study and research the fabrics I needed.

I started first with the tie. I got a piece of satin from Sephirayne's fabric stock and hand painted on all the design using silk paints. It took some time but the effect worked really well.