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 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.

<3

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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