Wednesday, October 30, 2013

almost Cat Woman

I now interrupt the bird patterning going on for some Halloween making. This photo of Julie Newmar's Cat Woman is the inspiration for Thing 2's Halloween costume this year. She is currently in love with the kitschy 1960s Batman show that I grew up watching. So lame it's funny.

I started making it yesterday and it's coming along fine. I have heaps of time. No sweat.

 
 Some sketching and model testing produced these pattern pieces for ears, mask and gloves.

The mask and ears are done. They look sooo great on! I'll take a picture tomorrow. Made from layers of black acrylic felt with black glitter Mod Podged on. I turned the ears but not the mask.

 The necklace is almost done. After pondering a possibly long and fruitless search through thrift shops for a necklace I decided just to use my circle punches, ribbon and glitter. Now I have to figure out a closure because like a doofus I trimmed the ribbon to length and contrary to my calculations, it does not fit over her head. Possibly a closure of more paper disks with small bits of velcro.

 The gloves are still a WIP. I'm hoping they will work out. If they fit I'll glue golden claws at the end of each fingertip. I wonder if those press-on nails would work?

Last detail to add will be the trademark golden belt around her hips. I think some wide gold ribbon with a cardboard beglittered buckle would do the trick nicely. This will require a quick trip to the store. The rest of the costume will be black shirt, black leggings and black boots. Kind of a visibility nightmare, but we'll have flashlights. 

My other sweet girl has opted to be a witch again and we already had her costume from two years ago. I tried to persuade her to wear a wart covered hooked nose just so I could make one out of felt, but she declined. But that would have been fun to make.

This is kind of fun actually. I usually groan and stress out if I have to make the kids' costumes, but this one sparked my creative muse in a big way. It must be the TV nostalgia.

16 comments:

  1. I love it! So creative. How'd she get into vintage Catwoman?

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    1. Her daddy persuaded her to watch the Batman movie circa 1966 for a Friday movie night recently, and she was absolutely hooked!

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    2. BTW, the gloves V.1 were a complete FAIL. Gloves V.2 are currently underway, this time in knit fabric, not woven. Duh. I think it will work!

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    3. Sweet. I should pull that out for one of our movie nights. We're always looking for new material. Now. Question: why not just tie the necklace around her neck for Halloween night and call it done? (Yes, I know the answer, Perfectionism Embodied, but I still had to ask.)

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    4. Bob, not perfectionism just doofusness. Did you see the part where I cut the ribbon to length, thinking I would just glue the ends together and have done with it? Well it doesn't fit over her head. FAIL. So now I have to either redo the ribbon or figure out a closure that doesn't require any slack.

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  2. Ooohh, fun! Can't wait to see pics of the completion! Worried about you, though... kinda early, aren't you? ;)

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    1. Grandma G, yes, you are right, very uncharacteristically early for me. Perhaps this is the dawn of a new era in which I make things a full two weeks beforehand like an actualized adult. HaHA. Hoo boy. I wouldn't bet on it.

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    2. We're supposed to get things ready two weeks beforehand?! Who does THAT???

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  3. you are so on trend! many cat women this year!

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    1. Juju, just like us to stumble into the way of being trendy! LOL.

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  4. Nice! Good job getting things done early. I'm still tweaking the day of. Plus, I still need to run out and get all the sugary goodies for tonight. I have until 5, right?

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    1. Oh, never fear, I'm still making today too. LOL I just happened to begin 2 days ago, so for me that is planning WAY ahead. Plus, dear, I do not have FIVE costumes to get together, so there is really no comparison. You rock. Yes, you have until five. Make Kevin go get the candy.

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