My friend immediately claimed Magenta (so her husband is going to be Riff Raff) which left me with either Janet (BORING!) or Columbia (very skimpy, but glittery costume) So naturally I chose the harder to find/make costume and went with Columbia. At least Eddie's costume for the Husband will be easy, I'm sure I can find a old/cheap vinyl jacket to rip the sleeves off, then just add some strategically placed drops and smears of fake blood. The Movie version of Columbia's costume his quite unique and comprises of a gold sequined top hat and jacket with tails, a red sequin bow tie that seems to have a studded collar underneath, a mutlicoloured sequin strapless bustier, rainbow stripe tap pants, fishnet stockings, blue socks and glittery high heels.
So I went shopping and found a $2 plastic glittery top hat, as well as a $2 red sequin bowtie, both from the reject shop, which I thought were perfect for the costume (I could make a nicer top hat, but why bother?) Then I went up to Lincraft to see if I could find any Suitable fabrics. Luckily they still had their 50% off sale, so I grabbed some gold sequin fabric, some black sequin fabric, as well as some black lining satin, then I wandered around the store about 5 times before I found anything close to suitable for the shorts. I was just about to try and find some metallic shiny ribbon to stitch on to black fabric when I spotted this stripey silky type fabric. It's not a perfect match, but it's close enough for me. I could not however find anything in a multicoloured sequin. *frowny face* So I will either have to keep searching, or just make the bustier out of the black sequins. The black sequin shoes and Red hair dye, I already had.
|Columbia making supplies|
The Pattern I used for the Jacket was a heavily modified version of the bodice pieces for Butterick B5824, which is the 1940's/50's style Coat pattern designed by Gertie (that I used for my Wedding coat)
|Wedding Coat made from Butterick B5824|
|Lining and Upper Collar|
Once I had completed the lining, I cut out my outer jacket pieces and sewed them together as well.
|Outer jacket pieces cut out|
Starting with the Darts, Shoulder seams, center back collar seam and back neckline seam.
|Outer bodice draped over lining|
Then the Sleeve headings, side seams and sleeve seams.
|Outer jacket and lining|
Before I had quite finished on the jacket, but well after I went fabric shopping, I asked my friend what costumes her kids were going to be wearing, only to find out Bogface Chucklebum (who you may remember from this post) wants to dress up in the same costume as me, and would I be able to sew her something? The fabric Gods must have been smiling down on me, as I somehow managed to have enough scraps left to cut her out a jacket as well. I had to cut the collar pieces separate to the bodice front, and some of the grainlines aren't going the right way, and the tails pieces will have a seam down the middle, BUT I MANAGED IT!! It will be a bit snug on her (mine is on me too) so I'm going to leave her's unlined so the jacket will still have a bit of stretch to it.
|All the pieces cut out|
|Bodice and Under Collar|
|Bodice, Under Collar and Sleeves (the Mannequin is a |
bit bigger than Bogface)
|By now you should be getting used to my|
horrid mirror selfies
With less than a week to go, I still had to make a top for my outfit. with multicoloured sequin fabric being such a rarity, I settled on a burgundy sequin fabric from my stash, as the colour went quite well with the colours of the shorts. As time was of the essence, I decided to forego making the top accurately, with points at the top edge and a slight dip down at the front bottom edge. Instead I just made a straight bustier, in stretch fabrics and no boning, for maximum comfort, and ease of sewing. I used the Bodice pieces from view A/B of New Look 6457. It is lined in a black stretch cotton and has a zip at the back
|The Bustier Pieces|
|Close up of the Fabric|
I also ran together a quick top for Bogface, out of the same sequin fabric, but using a black stretch satin for the lining. I just made a very simple boob tube, with elastic in a casing along the top. To add a bit of visual interest, I gave hers a point at the front bottom edge, which I'm not sure I like now that I've made it. But as she is away at school camp, I don't have her here to fit a more tailored one to. Hopefully it will look OK on her. Worst case, we can tuck it into her shorts.
So yesterday, with only 2 days to spare, I finished all the sewing required for this outfit. I have upgraded to a better top hat, which actually fits, that I found at an op-shop. I gave the plastic one to Bogface. I also have some white frilly socks from my favourite shop, Elsie George, as well as my previously mentioned black sequin shoes. I know I have a pair of fish net stockings somewhere, but of course, have not been able to find them. So I can either wear plain black, black with polka dots, or buy some new fishnets from Elsie George, and hope the one size fits all will actually fit me. I'm hoping to have time this evening to dye my hair and work out my make up.
Now you'll just have to wait til this weekend to see photos of the full ensemble, plus all my crazy friend's costumes. I love being able to sew costumes for these type of things, It's so much fun to dress up, don't you think?