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Topic: Absolutely Purrrrrfect... 1966 Julie Newmar Catwoman  (Read 2741 times)
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« 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.
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I *heart* Julie Newmar


I also made the claws and necklace ;-)
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2012 12:30:37 PM »

Wow, just wow.
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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012 12:58:01 PM »

Great costume. I can't believe she still has that fantastic shape. I'd still be grinning too.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012 03:54:23 PM »

Fabulous job!

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012 04:18:04 PM »

Freakin awesome! Great work on the measurements and practicing because it worked out perfectly. Everything is perfect!
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2012 04:42:00 PM »

You look terrific in that costume. Kudos to you for having the one and only recognize your talent!
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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2012 03:30:33 PM »

Amazing! '66 Batgirl is on my ten year costume bucket list so with all my research I know how hard it would have been to get this looking so excellent. GREAT JOB Cheesy
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