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 Amazon.com, 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.