I decided to make something for Robert: a hand-embroidered vest of purple felt. I put his initials on each side surrounded by rhinestones, and sewed each sequin one by one, then embroidered Alice in Wonderland holding a bottle with “DRINK ME” on one side, which was my little alter ego. On the other side was a lion, of course. On the back I embroidered the Cheshire cat in a lemon tree – because “The Lemon Song” had just come out. I gave it to you [Pamela Des Barres] to give Robert because you were going on the road with the band. You brought me a letter from Robert that said, “Dear Alice, My face is too creased from the smile to say much. I’m writing from my place amongst the branches.” He went on to say how much he loved the vest, and signed it “Cheshire Cat.” He wore that vest at every single concert for that entire tour. I think he wore it until it fell off his back.
– Michele Overman, Let’s Spend The Night Together: Backstage secters of Rock Muses and Supergroupies.
“The Lemon Song” was 1969 of course, and the two photos on the left are from the Music Disc & Echo Awards, Feb. 14, 1971. He definitely got some mileage out of this!