|Time Taken :||1 month|
|Probably spent the most time sourcing some godamn stretch jersey in the correct colour. Eventually found a dirty roll of it in Goldhawk Road, which was haggled to £16 for the 3 metres on accounts of the dirt. I doubled up the fabric to ensure it wasn't seethrough as I have learned painful lessons in the past! |
The main part of the costume comes in two parts - leggings and a blouse - to make sure that I can still wee. There's a hole in the back for the tail, which I secured in place with a "scrunchie" made from the same fabric as the leggings. I really don't like tails pinned to things, they tend to make awful holes in the fabric and pull it. Pushing the tail through a hole makes it look more natural. The tail was secured by sewing it to some knickers, which I wore over my underthings.
The tail itself I had a real problem with. I wanted to make it out of velveteen, but found the peachy fabric I'd been thinking of (dollskin/deerskin/buckskin) was no longer made, and the replacement version was only readily available in the US. After seeing shipping prices of £25 for just a metre of this fabric, I was close to giving up and considered dyeing some velveteen. However, during my usual trawl of charity shops (we have excellent ones here) I found peach velveteen sample curtains! Huzzah! This was just the right size for the tail and two ears. I did find that the fabric frayed horribly - even when it was just a case of putting in darts - but I had to compromise on this a bit. I think if I were to remake the tail I would line the fabric first.
The ears were a lot easier and were made out of some shoulder pads, of all things. The goggles? Pringles cans covered in leather.
I wanted it to look like Gadget wasn't wearing shoes, so I simply wore a few pairs of ankle-high tights over a pair of flesh coloured slip ons. This was really effective I think, although I will put in a base for the socks in future as they were slidy and wore through really quickly of course!
I was originally going to find an apricot coloured wig I'd found, but Fantasy Sheep were unable to send one out to me unless I made an order of 8- I'm guessing they needed to make the wig and wanted it to be worth their time! I found this one on eBay, which surprisingly came from a wig manufacturer less than a mile from my house! It's not very thick and the base is a little small, but the colour is so good.