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Bombalurina v2.3 by celaeno-podarge Bombalurina v2.3 by celaeno-podarge
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 ;)

Detail-y junk:
The wig 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.
The unitard 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.
The gloves 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.
The warmers 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...
The shoes are simply repainted Bloch Superjazz boots.
The tail 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.
The collar 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.
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katiebugg145 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
are your wigs for sale?
Lionking13 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
Awesome it looks just like the Broadway costume
GalindatheGiddy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How much would you want for a unitard and wig for either Bomba or Jemima?
LagniappeTheatre Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
How can I contact you to make wigs for our production of CATS?
KimmyKuppyKake Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
Love it! :D
You pull her off quite well. :]
LoyalPuppet Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous.
VampiricWolf21 Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
wow :D
meoworth Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Student Digital Artist
;_; i wanna hug you.
CiiMoore Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Student General Artist
medabee Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
Dayum Freakin hott!!!!!
Katmcfuzz Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
thats soooo cool the best one i have seen
Vinterprinsessa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Gorgeous and so much like her. You did it really well :)
kawaiimusicbox Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2010
Eruanna89 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
This costume is simply (or difficult-y?) gorgeous! :heart: I especially love how you managed to make her wig so HUGE! (I also wanna steal your warmers.) Absolute fav.
Beautiful, it is! :D
SpectratheRestless Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
The costume is just amazing! I love it!
nat-ong Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Student General Artist
i really admire you for your patience to creat this amazing costume!
GlassGlobeFlower Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Wow, very colorful and striking! It almost has a Maccie-like feel...
magpieblack Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh wow...just wow O.O

Do you have a local supplier for your makeup or do you go online?
nat-ong Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Student General Artist
you make a pretty bomba :3
omega-wolf217 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
OMG! That's SO COO! :love:
shmemcat Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2008  Hobbyist
That is....absolutely....amazing!!!! WOW! The warmer's design is so authentic, I can't imagine how hard that would be to knit. (oh, and trust me, it LOOKS authentic too. The material is just so thick!) Right now I'm in the process of making new warmers and a new crepe wool wig for my thrid version of a Victoria costume. Got any advice? xD

Just an amazing costume. You have so much talent! ^^
Sanya-Aranel Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008
Holy cow, you knitted the North-American style leg warmers IN THE ROUND?? *dies of your awesome*

Wow, my eyes are bugging so far out of my head I hope I can find them again... I think I lost my lower jaw, too... *gropes about*
Everything about this costume just floors me. You're just incredible!! The colouring on the unitard just blows my mind... no easy task.
Tai-ka Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
Brilliant! You have inspired me to FINALLY get off my ass and do my own!
SalemSaori Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
Oh my GOD, woman. That's gorgeous. I love love love it.
RedwingCat Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
how could you stand going out in public in a Cats suit? i would be thouroughly embarassed.
celaeno-podarge Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
In a couple words? Utter shamelessness.
RedwingCat Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008
AerisVampire Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
This costume is GORGEOUS. The wig looks so soft and professional.

totally jealous.
ImHerMonster Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always loved your costumes <3 You do such an amazing job! =D
confuzzledesannelein Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008
you ARE bombalurina!

stunning! :)
AkanePen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
was just browsing cats art as I've got the soundtrack on now and this is seriously impressive costuming :D +fav just for the awesomeness of it a great job! Also,wicked make up job ^^
ElfSango Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
...O: Amazing just amazing! I love it!! It looks so good!
JanetMay Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2007
Awesome!!! I'm kinda past my Cats-Phase but this makes me wanna watch the DVD and dance around! ;)
Skimbleshanks2 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2007
Huzzah! Well done.. and good on you for not throwing out the wig.
MoonShadowVampira Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
OMG I LOVE HOW MUCH YOU LOOK LIKE A CAT.(i want to be a black cat for this upcomming halloween)
JemimaKitty Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007
Awsome! love it!
Countless-Hearts Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2007
8D omg I wanna do that. =D
Motorfish Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2007
Super well done!
bohoki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
looks like we got a runner
celaeno-podarge Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
hmm? *confused*

I'm no Logan...
bohoki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
you escaped from the musical
celaeno-podarge Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007
ah I see. Well, in that case, thank you ;)
Aevany Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
I love how large and full the wig definately does justice to her character! The costume is also great, and the makeup is very crisp and clean.
celaeno-podarge Featured By Owner May 23, 2007
Thank you much :) I think everyone who bore witness to what the wig was before those last frenzied administrations is kind of shocked that it looks like something I *meant* to make, and that includes me.
Th make up is not very clean, imo; there are re-painted or wiggly lines everwhere and one layer of powderring dragged a little loose red in to the white areas... But i'll take the compliment ;)
Lady-Bealzabub Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
Darn it! I had hoped to be there when you guys were in costume...

I am in love with your costume skillz...
celaeno-podarge Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
Well, with any luck there'll be a "next time" and maybe by then you'll have your full costume built as to join us? :)
Lady-Bealzabub Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
Well... I AM trying to get to SacAnime...
We can always plot something.
celaeno-podarge Featured By Owner May 18, 2007
If you're headed in to Sacramento for anything cosplay related, I'd definately get ahold of P! He seems to have a pretty solid grasp of all the goings on in that area :)
Saffity Featured By Owner May 16, 2007
Hee It's funny to think that the first few times I saw you, you were in this outfit. It was a while before I actually saw you as a human ^-^

Looks good to me! I still really really envy your costuming ability.
celaeno-podarge Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
Just think: virtually none of the people who saw me in costume on the day pictured are ever gonna see me as people :p I'll be famous all over Thailand as that red cat lady, but the chubby, pasty faced girl who may or may not have skankified red hair by then? Nope, nobody knows her.

It's all in the plan :mwahaha:

& I still really really envy your ability to get awesome cosplays better featured in contextual photoshoots so, neener! :lick:
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