The best Catwoman is Michelle Pfeiffer.

3 May

October 31, 2010

Good news, this is the last possible “past” project I can write about and then I’m up to current projects!  whoo hoo.  Its more of a DIY costume project, but there is some sewing included so it counts :)

I LOVE Halloween…really really love it!  August is usually when I start planning my costume.  I spend a lot of time in those pop-up Halloween stores and shopping online to make an awesome costume!  Axl Rose, Amy Winehouse (before there was a pre-made costume) Sarah Palin (see Amy Winehouse parenthesis) and this year….CATWOMAN!   Meeeeooooowwwww!

I do not like the costume in a bag versions of Catwoman, they do no justice to the fantastic-ness that is Michelle Pfeiffer

Let’s not even talk about the Halle Berry version, blasphemy.  So where’s the first place you go when you need a vinyl bodysuit? Church craft fair?  Nope.  Xpresions!  Porn shop to the suburbs.  Low and behold they had a shiny, long sleeved cat suit.

Only problem is there wasn’t really a back to it….at all.  It was open all the way down to about a quarter inch above inappropriate-ville.  I could wear it, but sitting down or bending over or any other quick movement would be out of the question for the night.  Not a problem with my handy dandy sewing machine!

I had some black super stretchy knit fabric left over from my anniversary dress that would work perfect for making a back.  I needed something really stretchy because the suit was tight and I would not have been able to get it on with a woven fabric on the back. I put the fabric inside of the body suit and just traced out the opening right onto it with a marker.  I cut about a little more that an inch outside the line to give myself some seam allowance.  I did a straight top stitch right along the opening to attach the two pieces together.

Now I had a sweet, more appropriate body suit, but it still needed something.  Stitches.  The perfect solution came from my desk at work – white out!  I tried my best to follow the pattern from the Michelle Pfeiffer costume – not that anyone would notice if I did or didn’t, but I put wayyy too much effort into my costumes.  For example, both my Amy Winehouse  and Axl Rose costumes had exact replica’s of their tattoos that I photoshopped and printed onto fake tattoo paper.  The extra effort is always worth it.

I completed the look with a Catwoman mask I got from, caked on makeup, high boots and fake nails which made it hard to do anything all night…yet they stayed on during cartwheels in pretend superhero fights.  Go figure.


5 Responses to “The best Catwoman is Michelle Pfeiffer.”

  1. Buffy May 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    You should have posted pictures of Amy & Axel too.

  2. Kristi July 18, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    Do you still have the link/info to the mask that you purchased on Amazon? I’m looking to make a Michelle Pfeiffer Catwoman costume for Halloween this year. Thanks for the very helpful info on how to get it done!!

  3. katie February 21, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    The costume is awesome. How did you do the stitching? Did the white out chip or start to come off when you moved around? Thanks.

    • straightofgrain February 26, 2012 at 5:11 pm #

      I used a white out with the more sponge-y looking wand and just drew them on by hand (about a day before) while looking at a pic of Michelle Pfeiffer for reference. Amazingly they didn’t chip at all.

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