So, my boyfriend and I don’t have cable, so most of our television watching comes from Netflix. There’s only really one broadcast show that we watch regularly every week: re-runs of the 1960′s Batman tv show. We’ve kind of become addicted. I love the ridiculous campy-ness of it, and how intense and serious Batman always is in these situations. One of my favorite characters is Catwoman, and while Eartha Kitt was pretty awesome, Julie Newmar is my favorite. So this year, I decided to recreate her iconic costume for Halloween. And here it is:
I originally planned to buy a one-piece body suit, but I quickly learned that a) bodysuits aren’t cheap, and b) getting a good fit is an issue. I looked up Catwoman costumes online, but most were either too scandalous or just not what I was looking for. So I ended up deciding to sew my own costume!
I found the fabric on sale at Joann Fabrics. It came from the dancewear sections, so I knew that it would be comfortable and stretchy enough. I made the leggings from the Simplicity 2067 pattern. I improvised the top based on a long sleeved shirt I had that fit well. I added the belt loops to the bottom of the shirt because that seemed to hold it in place better. I also added in front and back darts to help create that cinched in waist that Catwoman has.
I got the ears in a cat costume accessories set, but that was the only ready-made part of the costume. I pieced together the necklace from a thrifted faux gold chain and a super cheap necklace I found at Kmart. The gold belt is thrifted. I already had the gloves, so I bought gold press on nails and attached them. The shoes are Dansko Buffys, which are gorgeous and insanely comfortable. Unfortunately these are a little too big and I can’t return them, so I’m stalking a smaller pair now.
The false eyelashes were probably one of the more interesting aspects. This was my first time ever using false eyelashes, and it took me awhile to figure them out. Even once I got them on, they drove me crazy. Being someone who wears contacts, having something constantly in your peripheral vision is really annoying. But they looked amazing, so oh well.
What were you for Halloween this year? What was your best costume ever?