How to Make an Adult Size Cheshire Cat Costume

Updated February 21, 2017

The Cheshire cat, from the movie "Alice in Wonderland," makes for an eye-catching and colourful costume that is perfect for Halloween. The key to this costume is the Cheshire cat's purple and pink striped body, which can easily be made using ribbons or fabric paint.

Find a pale pink sweat suit, set of long johns, or T-shirt or trousers. The colour of the shirt and trousers should be very close, if not completely matching. You can find these items at a thrift store or discount store. If you are unable to find the right colour, dye white items with fabric dye.

Lay the shirt and trousers on a flat surface. Use a ruler and a pencil to draw straight horizontal lines an equal distance apart, moving up and down the shirt and trousers. Do this on both sides of the garments.

Paint between the pencil lines using purple fabric paint. Allow the front sides of the shirt and trousers to dry completely, then flip the garments and paint the back.

Paint your face purple, and use white paint to draw on whiskers. Finish the look with cat ears and a tail, which can be found at any costume store. Wear purple or pink gloves to keep your hands warm if you live in a cold climate.


Wear a purple wig to imitate the Cheshire cat's swatch of hair on top of his head.

Things You'll Need

  • Pink shirt
  • Pink trousers
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Purple fabric paint
  • Purple face paint
  • White face paint
  • Cat ears
  • Cat tail
  • Purple or pink gloves
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