Instead of posting a bunch of separate pictures to slop up my gallery space like last time, I'm slapping a few of the better shots in to this big HOLY COW MASSIVE COLLAGE OF BRIGHT RED EGO!!1
In any case, if, after viewing this you wish to see any more, I will first link you to my [ CATS Day Out in Sacramento Gallery
] which also features the delightful PouncEd! as a Hamburg-ish Pouncival, and some fellow fans and friends with whom we hung out that day. Oh, and actors. And me drooling in the wardrobe room back stage... Not that i'm in to the costumes or anything.
She is based on the Bombalurina's of [ Broadway
] and the [ North American Tours
]. Being bright red and having the largest wig of any chorus character in the show, Bombalurina is anything but subtle by nature and appearance. Somehow, if I'm going to be stepping out in painted lycra and fluffs anyhow, that works for me. Go figure
was a project I originally started 2+ years ago, the first time I'd tried sewing hair to the base rather than gluing or tying. It failed miserably and i was going to throw it out but then rememberred that there was close to $90 of crepe hair in it and hung on to it for scraps and patching.... Instead, I pulled it out of the mothballs and, in a crunch, added panels to the front and back to fix the fit, wefted and attached a bunch more hair, did some truly mad franken-patching (cutting out a chunk right through the base, patching that, reapplying the chunk elsewhere, etc) and then styled and styled and guessed andwhined and styled a little more. Now it's a wig I can wear, yay.
is old and has lost its will to live (as evidenced by unfortunately visible baggy lycra) but I beat that sucker in to submission with a final repaint (Jaquards textile paint and Dynaflow, applied w/ squeezy bottles and a sponge brush) to be worn one. last. time... And now respectfully retired. Other details, for what it's worth: It is an alterred (shoulders close w/ hooks & eyes vs. a zipper up the back) Bal-Tog's white unitard and was originally coloured in 2001 with FabricMate Fabric markers and has been repainted 2 or 3 times with Jaquard's Textile Paint. The "fluffs" consist of frayed organza and nylon fabric liner.
are the only other pieces left from the 2001 version of this costume. They are alterred "opera" style satin-look gloves - thumb tip removed and hem, fingers removed up to the knuckles with narrow elastic "webbing" installed. I through them in to a wash intentionnal to fade the original fabric marker "paint job", so I could refinish them with newer, brighter Jaquard's Textile Paints. They are embellished with a teensy bit of organza.
are thoroughly unauthentic. The pattern and shape are true enough to the show but no stage worthy warmer is made entirely out of eyelash yarn as these are - that is purely for my own tactile pleasure. Seriously, I wear these around the house in winter, they're warm warm warm and sssssooooo soft *pets them* ... Hand knitted, in the round, have snaps at the "toe" that attach to...
are simply repainted Bloch Superjazz boots.
is yarn and frayed nylon liner fabric sewn to a scrap lycra base which was then braided. The scrap lycra was from paint tests for the next generation of unitard for this costume, so it is similarly coloured to the rest of the pieces. It attaches to the unitard with a large snap @ the small of the back, and also incorporates a nylon cord that ties around the waist.
consists of a narrow black leather pet collar (I wish I could say I'd been thrifty enough to use a cut down belt, but couldn't find the right kind in time. poop.), embellished with hand-made "spikes" (embossing aluminum + screws + #6 grommets and lots of "shoe goo" glue to set) and red rhinestones in settings.
The make up
is Ben Nye creme foundations for the base work, Ben Nye creme stackers and Mehron Aquacolours (mixed with barrier spray instead of water for uber staying power) for the details, as well as some Ben Nye Lumiere powder colour mixed with Ben Nye Liquiset to make what i'm pretty sure was a form of concrete, and used for the details over the eyes (... since i couldn't find my red aquacolour). It took roughly 40 minutes to apply and, having set it at every stage with translucent powder and barrier spray, close to 2 hours to remove 0_o I had to work in stages and take breaks as not to accidentally remove my *face* while I was at it...
so... there she is. Minus me myspacing it for the make up shots, my true thanks to the other lovely photographers listed. I had a helluva good time out cosplaying as a gigantic red cat as always, but having some great memories captured and also a record of this costume's final outing (... in this incarnation - the new unitard will officially make it v3.0) is priceless.