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71  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Absolutely Purrrrrfect... 1966 Julie Newmar Catwoman on: February 19, 2012 12:17:39 PM
This is probably the pride and joy of my costume wardrobe.  I made everything for it except the belt, boots, and gun.  I made this back in Oct 2009 for a Wizard World Big Apple Comic Con.  Julie Newmar was going to be there as a guest and there was also going to be a replica Batmobile on display.  I knew I needed something to wear, after prodding from my friends, I chose Catwoman.  My friend btw make an excellent Batgirl and Batman - they wouldn't leave me alone lol. 
I had never made a body suit before, so this was new territory for me.  I read all I could on drafting patterns for them and working with a 2 way stretch.  The fabric I used was a stretch lurex/lame just like the original.  It was only a 2 way stretch and only 36" wide (and quite pricey at $19/yd) - I needed 5-6 yards for this costume.  The legs fabric stretches up and down, allowing me to bend my knees and sit.  The chest is on the bias and the back is also up and down.  The sleeves are bias cut as well to allow ease of movement.  I also have long legs, so there is a seam right below my knees since the fabric was not long enough to go from my natural waist to ankle (41"). 
I must have taken about 20+ measurements to make sure this fit like a glove.  I made a mock-up using a cheap two way stretch poplin I had in my scrap stash, with a few tweaks, it fit purrrrfectly if you will ;-) .  I have to say, cutting into that expensive fabric scared me at first, and I've been sewing for 20 years lol.  All the inside edges are bound in a foldover elastic, as the raw seams (even after over-casting) still have the metal fibers poking and scratching up my skin.  The elastic covered up all the raw edges and made it comfortable to wear... or at least as comfortable as a stretchy metal body suit can be lol.
The highlight of wearing this costume was having Julie Newmar come to ME for photos.  I was posing by the batmobile and was told to wait as someone else wanted a picture.  I turned around to ask my husband if my mask was straight (since he was my handler) and I saw him looking past me with this awe-struck look.  I turned around and there she was *swoon*.  She is still as beautiful and poised as ever... and was still taller than me while I was wearing 4" heels and she in ballet flats lol.  We had several shots together with her own camera and then my hubby took some for me.  Even after two years, I'm still grinning like a fool hehe.
http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/movietvartcostumes/1966catwoman

http://photos.imageevent.com/benaequee/starwars/wizardworldbigapplecon2009/websize/IMG_6623.JPG
http://photos.imageevent.com/benaequee/starwars/wizardworldbigapplecon2009/websize/IMG_6588.JPG
I *heart* Julie Newmar


I also made the claws and necklace ;-)
72  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: February 15, 2012 06:18:23 PM
Those are absolutely amazing! I love the way they look, and the fact that you made them yourself! Gorgeous. Did you buy new shoes to make them, or did you use a pair you already had?
Thanks!  The shoes were new to me, but were a great eBay find for under $10!
I *love* these shoes! How weather proof are they? I'd love to make some but unless they could put up with the occasional damp then (given where I live) there's not much chance they'd last a week!
I don't dare try to take them somewhere damp as I don't want to risk anything.  However, I have heard of a silicone clear spray that can be sprayed on to help with the water resistance.
73  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Dr. Who Dalek Nail Art on: February 11, 2012 05:06:55 PM
I have a "bad habit" with my nail polish obsession according to my husband, but even he was impressed and loved these geeky nails ;-)  I used a ridge filler base coat with two coats of OPI DS Treasure and then two coats of OPI Designer De Better for the "body" of the Daleks.  I used a pearl tip straight pin and black polish to make the dots going up the side of the body.  While the polish was still curing I used the same pin and pressed it into the polish to make the separations between the panels.  I then topped with Out the Door.  These were a hit at my friend's Dr Who themed Birthday party and went well with my Amy Pond "costume" lol.

My Nails with the 10th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver ;-)


This is a Dalek for those not as Geeky as me lol
74  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Drothy Gale - Wizard of Oz on: January 30, 2012 03:16:18 PM
It looks great. I think the poofiness of the skirt and sleeves help to make you look more little girly.
The poofiness was actually the wind blowing up my skirt lol  It was one windy parade *oops*
75  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Drothy Gale - Wizard of Oz on: January 30, 2012 06:32:24 AM
EDIT:  Added new photos from Dragon*Con 2012  Grin  I finally finished the shoes 100% and got a little basket with Toto in it.

I figured I should post the dress that goes with my shoe post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=395794.0 I made a while back.
I had always wanted this costume, ever since I was 6 and saw WoOZ for the first time.  Out of all the years of costume making I have done, I don't know why I waited until last year to finally make it.


While I did make this around Halloween, it was not strictly a Halloween costume, it will be coming to Dragon Con 2012 too ;-)  If I had a $1 for every person who asked me where Toto was that night, I could have retired and done nothing but make costumes for the rest of my days lol.  I do have a Toto dog somewhere, but when we moved last year, he got packed up and I think he's in storage.
I tried to make it as accurate as I could, but realized too late that my checks on the gingham were too large.  This was a relatively easy costume to make.  I draped the whole thing on my dress form and then drafted pattern pieces out of that for a better fit.  While I was making it, I was watching WoOz for inspiration and for costume notes ;-)

Here's my page with my progress and some info
http://imageevent.com/benaequee/costumes/completed/dorothygale
76  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 29, 2012 02:41:32 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone.  I actually got a chance to wear them to my friend's birthday party on Saturday.  I think they spent more time off my feet than on as people always wanted to see the detail of the shoes.  They all instantly got the 'story' on each shoe without me having to point it out, which felt great.  They were very comfy and didn't fall apart at all. 
The only thing I noticed, and had a feeling would happen, was the area where the foot naturally bends (the creases) is where the comics cracked.  I figured with normal wear it would happen, and it's not terribly noticeable unless you take them off an closely inspect them.
77  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Robe la Franaise, 18th century (many pics!) on: January 29, 2012 02:35:37 PM
Great job and good choice on fabrics.  The mask adds to it nicely and I love your hair style.  Wonderful job on the trimming too!
You may want to tie the strings in the center of your panniers a little tighter to flatten out the front and back of your gown more though.  It will lay a lot flatter and not pouf out so much.  If you don't have ties, you can simply add ribbon from front to back inside the skirt of the panniers and tie until flattened a bit more.
This extant example shows what I mean by the flatter shape
78  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 24, 2012 06:34:07 PM
These rock! Did you use regular Mod Podge for them?
Thanks!  I didn't have a chance to go to the art store to get Modge Podge (it's out of my way) and I had some Liquitex Gloss Medium and Varnish laying around from past painting projects.  I used that to do this as I remember having luck in my old art classes with it.  I do want to actually get a sealant spray to finish them off before wearing them out full time.
79  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 24, 2012 07:37:06 AM
Crazy awesome shoes!!!! I wonder how that would look on flats? Hmmmm...thinking...thinking
It would cute on flats, but I have a thing for heels :-)
80  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Star Wars Decoupage Shoes on: January 22, 2012 01:20:40 PM
Those shoes ROCK!! How long did it take you to make those?

Go to a party, that would be THE place to wear them.

Thanks!  They only took about 30 minutes to make.  The long part was finding and cutting out all the images.  Gluing them on took less than 10 minutes.

I do have a fellow Star Wars fan's 50th birthday party this weekend...
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