|Cost :||£50ish - the fabric may have been affordable enough, but postage and the cost of boots got me|
|Time Taken :||Mostly completed in a couple of days|
|I think Boosh cosplay was inevitable, especially when there's so many wacky, fun outfits, and I knew Ashe was making Old Gregg for Expo. However, I never expected to make the mirrorball suit, since it was only a jokey costume idea, and I knew the fabric was so expensive (£50 per metre in my local shops!) Somehow though, I randomly ran across it affordably online (also thanks to the $ exchange rate) and after finding the fabric, the idea just wouldn't leave me alone...We kept our costumes secret, and they were certainly something very surprising to appear in! It was a lot of fun to wear, but I think I may have used up my lifetime’s supply of silly costumes in one go|
I used Kwik Sew 3273 because I already had it, although it wasn't entirely suitable, but I was able to adapt it ok. I started out by using a larger size, because it needed to accommodate a less-stretchy, 2-way stretch fabric. I made a mock-up in cheap stretch-lining, drafted sleeves for it, added side seams, a front seam, and a zip for the back. With a few adjustments, I got that to work out fine without much effort.
The sewing wasn't really any more difficult than usual, but a lot of hoovering was involved afterwards. When cutting the fabric, I ended up with a load of sequin shrapnel scattered across the floor, as well as miscellaneous whole sequins making a break for freedom throughout construction (I collected as many of those as I could for sewing on for repairs). I had to be careful to overlock the edges of the fabric to prevent the chain stitches holding all the sequins on from unravelling. After sewing the seams, I went back to remove any caught sequins preventing the seams from lying flat, and I also sewed sequins on by hand to fill any gaps. Especially around the collar, but also anywhere else where sequins ended up on the inside, I removed all of them so they wouldn't rub against my skin (at least in theory, may need to work on the collar more). Aside from the work removing sequins, and adding some by hand, nothing took very long at all though.
The wig is from Professional Only, but I couldn't use it as it was since it was too short. My first thought was to sew in wefts to lengthen it, but the extensions I got didn't match well (the shine was different, and I didn't like the look). I started looking at other possibilities - like taking wefts from another wigs, and came up with a bizarre solution of wearing my Dagger wig at the same time The Dagger wig is worn backwards, the other wig on top, and there's a couple of combs to clip it into my own hair and attempt to balance it all on my head. There's something wonderfully appropriate about wearing two wigs at once - I think I may have got the volume about right :P
I had a whole range of boots to choose from, and I settled on white platforms like in the Power of the Crimp since those were easy to get hold of, (and I'm short). I picked a pair that had a lower heel and higher platform for comfort.
The Jaquettie bag was a random idea from the live show. It ended up being really useful to have for carrying all our stuff around with us, and doubling as an appropriate prop. Obviously it was very easy to make too - I bought a gift bag, found a suitable font, printed off a sheet to stick on, and voila!