This year marks the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, and what better way to show my love than with a costume! I made these for Halloween this year since we had a few parties to attend and needed something comfy to wear. My usual wardrobe of costumes are more for cons and contests and not for parties where drunk people hang out.
I bought a gold/black cross weave lame for the underdress and a red/orange cross weave poly chiffon for the overlayer. I had to draft the pattern, making sure it was true to the movie shape. Her sleeves are so flowy, and the gold and sheer layers hang free from one another. They are only joined at the wrists and the neck opening. The lame was such a pain to work with, as I've never sewn with it before. I had to cut extra seam allowances to allow for french seams, otherwise all my work would have unraveled and pulled apart over time. I also needed to make sure it was not itchy, so serging was out of the question since it would have left a raw metallic fiber near the skin. I treated the sheer layer with the same french seam method for a finished and durable seam. The hem is a baby rolled hem on the sheer layer and a serged edge on the lame (it did not want to roll).
I got the wig from a place that was going out of business and seemed to have a huge supply of 80's styled wigs for $5 - SCORE! I pinned it to a foam head, flipped it upside down and teased and sprayed it. I sewed a comb into the front to keep it in place. This is probably one of my most comfortable wigs lol.
The makeup was intense! I had to study screen shots and buy certain shadows and shimmers I would not normally ever wear. Luckily the clearance section of Walgreens is my best friend. I can't pay $20 for an eyeshadow I'll only ever wear for this. I'll pay $1 for a palate of colors though! I had to buy bronzer for the contouring, which I've never done before. Youtube tutorials are your friend for this. I still didn't get it quite as intense as I would have liked, but I'm happy with it. It took me about 20 minutes to get all that stuff off my face. I finished the look with a custom manicure to match the costume. A gold and red and orange glitter ombre effect.
I can't very well be a Gatekeeper without a Keymaster, so I dressed up the hubby too! We found a yellow polo and stripey blue shirt at the goodwill, he had the pants and shoes already. I got the glasses off eBay (non script). I made the helmet during my lunch break at work. The collander came from eBay as well since I could not actually find one at Goodwill locally lol. I work in Tech Support, so we have a TON of wires that are junk and have no use other than clutter. I cut off the plugs from AV cords, and used old telephone handset cords. Some heavy duty hot glue and a little patience, and a helmet was made. I made a lining out of thin strips of packing foam, so it sits on his head nice and comfy without slipping.