I love the twisted circus idea...aside from my fear of clowns.
I was actually thinking of going as a ring master this year but my machine is being all wonky so instead of getting it fixed I'm opting for a less machine intense costume.
Any who I got a really good pattern it's pretty simple to follow, not a leotard, and it's not slutty which is a bonus as far as I'm concerned.
It's simplicity 3685http://www.simplicity.com/index.cfm?cat=4&type=19&sec=96&startrow=1
The sleeves are kinda weird but easy to change. The length of the skirt is also super easy to change too. AND you can find all sorts of cool fabric to make it out of, I found some crazy shiny silver fabric for the lining...maybe I'll get to use it next halloween hopefully I'll have gotten my machine fixed by then.
I'm kind of jealous.