At the beginning of this month, I did a costume for a kickass Marvel Comic character, Mystique. Now, at almost the end of the month, and 2nd to last costume for the Month of Masquerades, we have another kickass comic character...
From the DC Comic World: Selina Kyle - AKA: Catwoman
While this costume was not as labor intensive for makeup as Mystique (2 plus hours of body paint for just my face and shoulders), I did take the time to do something I've never done before, and create a hood/hat from scratch.
Boy was that an adventure...
That being said, I am so proud of how this turned out, especially seeing as it started as a hand stitched process. Lucky for my fingers, I recently purchased a sewing machine, which not only saved my hands from being poked with needles that were too stubborn to pull through the vinyl material, but it saved me countless hours of work as well.
I followed a pattern for a steampunk version of catwoman and modified it as I went - I had to take it in multiple times before it was complete, as well as cut off extra material around the face and neck, but I finally finished my first ever sewing project all by myself! Woop Woop!
As for the rest of the costume, instead of doing a one-piece suit, I thought I'd go with a more "street" version: pleather pants, top, and jacket, paired with some killer boots and a lacy mask (because I'm a lady you see...).
My initial idea for the location was to find a fire escape to shoot on for that "sneaking around on a city building" feel...but the more I thought about that look (sneaking around, dressed all in black while wearing a mask), the more I thought it might be taken the wrong way and some calls might be made if anyone saw us... and I didn't feel like doing much running in those shoes...
A friend suggested using the top of a parking garage so there was open space, with the ability to see the city beyond as well. We happened to find one nearby, and after a bit of searching for a place to park (and a good samaritan who had change on him while I was searching in the bottom of my purse for more), paid for a spot, and made our way to the roof.
Our timing was perfect as there weren't too many people around, and the sun was starting to set, giving everything a nice glow. We still worked quickly (it was also 50 degrees plus windy, and crop top/pleather combos aren't the warmest), though I did forget some minor details I would have loved to add if I hadn't been rushing (colored contacts for example). Oh well - it wasn't the easiest outfit to maneuver in either, so I'm pleased with what we were able to capture in our limited time frame!
A GIANT shout out to Sam for once again taking these shots for me. I couldn't have done it without you!
Only 2 DAYS LEFT until Halloween!! Have you decided on a costume yet??
Don't forget to check in over the next two days! We still have one costume left!