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I was still waiting for the shoe dye to arrive but couldn't resist a test run. The cowl is my Balent Catwoman one from Reevzfx and the wig from my Jessica Rabbit.

I used the genuine 1960's fish-scale belt from my Julie Newmar catwoman costume, then made a new buckle and pouches using the left-overs from the cape and some small boxes I had lying about..

Extended Marigolds with attached fins, I know this version of BG's costume doesn't have fins but I think it ought to. So mine has :)

Libidex leo with BG symbol attached and the final version of the cape.

I used 'Aubergine' Tarrago shoe dye to colour a pair of black ankle boots and it worked better than I expected.

...and the length I intended it to be :)

Q:I mean, how hard can it be to make a cape?
A:It's a lot harder than you think...

Added some papier-mache, cardboard and plaster. You can see the fitting for the elastic here too, it's fastened to the expanded aluminium core underneath everything else. I need to cut the top centre down into more of a 'V' too so the entire headpiece is more of a 'M'(aximoff) shape.

Two layers of card sandwiching some expanded aluminium.

I wasn't going to put any pics up till I got the right boots and the whip but I couldn't wait to try out the cowl with the suit. The pic is ghastly because I had problems with not being able to operate the camera's buttons with the claws. Plus the gloves stuck to the suit so I broke both thumb claws getting them on. I will have to put zips in them.

I decided against having working switches and LEDs etc. Paint job WIP

I sent Reevzfx a fabric swatch and they said they'd do the best they could to match it. They got it spot-on :)
It looks a bit lop-sided in the pic but that's just the way it's sitting.

Took a little while to arrive but really pleased with it. It's quite high at the back with a sort of down-turned peak. As I'm doing the battle-damaged version I might try it with a wild blonde wig.

I can't remember seeing a BR Catwoman cosplay including the taser but in several scenes Michelle has it clipped to her left boot. Mine still needs more work on the curves and the grip and I must find out what the con rules on prop tasers are...

The suit's attached cowl has never worked very well so I'm amputating it and have just ordered this from Reevzfx.

My several attempts at cowl making all went pear-shaped so I've just ordered one of these from Reevzfx in the USA. I'm told to expect it to arrive some time in June...

My first attempt using some foam plastic for the blades was a bit of a clunker. These plastic and rubber ones with a few metal bits mixed in are more sucessfull I think although I'm obviously not making any claims about screen accuracy.

Just ordered these but in leather, not patent.

Strategic cuts made, their ends reinforced and translucent patches applied. The slits don't show very much from the outside yet but I'm sure they will when the material is stretched.
All the holes in the top are finished now but finding good reference pics for the suit's legs is proving very difficult. All the shots in the movie seen to be to distant to get a useful still from.

Please ignore the green latex, it's just some scrap I had from my Poison Ivy wip. Anyway, although adding the fake stitches is a slow and fiddly job this combination of materials and adhesives seems to work really well. I've tugged this repeatedly in all directions and nothing's come undone. Essentially there's next to no stress at all in the 'thread', it's all taken on the translucent patch which is potentially as strong as the rest of the suit.

I think I'll make another test piece or two before taking the knife to the catsuit though.

If you look closely at Michelle's suit the 'open seams' aren't actually open at all, there's a second layer of rubber inside to hold it all together and take the stress. So, a meter of translucent 0.4mm rubber, some Bostik 3851 and No 4 thinners.

Also, 15m of 1mm white rubber beading thread and some Scotch-Weld PR20 rubber and plastic adhesive. I tested several glues for the stitching and although it's not cheap this stuff is by far the best. It's runny like a liquid superglue and it sticks the natural rubber beading cord to sheet latex like the proverbial :)

The catsuit I'm going to work on. I commissioned it with a rear half-zip, a higher than usual collar and to be sent unpolished (the better to fix the stitching to it).
All I need now is the courage to take a scalpel to it >.<

I've wanted this costume ever since the film (showing my age there) but the prospect of making one was just too daunting. I know here are some amazing pvc and coated lycra versions out there but I've never seen a latex one (apart from the dreadful Annette K version with painted stitches released as a licensed tie-in to the movie. Rumour has it that between the quality and the cost of the Warner Bros licence she never sold one). Anyway, I've been researching and practicing with various materials, adhesives and techniques and I feel up to taking the plunge...
The version I'm going to attempt is the one Michelle is wearing when she first meets The Penguin, the left sleeve repaired after her napalming and fall but overall starting to deteriorate.

LEDs are wired up now and I've been working on the greebles. I had intended to bevel the angle between the main piece and the side-plate but I kind of like the way it looks 'as is'.

Getting there, needs cleaning up and a coat or two of paint. I haven't fixed the lens in yet as I'm waiting for some LEDs to arrive.

Finally got around to working on this again. I mocked up a cardboard version, played about with it until it fitted properly and used it as a template to cut out some PU board.
Top pic shows it taped up and fixed in place while the solvent welding sets with epoxy added to the joints for a bit more rigidity, below is the morning after. The compound curve didn't quite work as I intended but I can live with it. Next stage, make spacer blocks and fix it to the headband.

I ordered 'natural black' rather than 'jet black' so I'd imagined it'd be slightly browner than it is. But I'm still very happy with it, I think it'll work well with a turquoise Alice band.

My new corset arrived today, hopefully this will do the trick.

Really happy with these, the design and details are exactly as I requested :) The suit's collar just needs the white jester's bells from my earlier post attaching.

Although my costume's based on the Bruce Timm design I'm not trying to put together an exact replica of it and as I've always liked Harley with her 'Suicide Squad' ponytails...

I was looking through Wilco's Christmas section for some small white baubles when I found these great little white enameled sleigh-bells They look the very thing for my collar but I'm not sure I can live with the jingling. They might need to be...silenced.

These arrived today. I think they'll work fine...they definitely say mad, bad and dangerous to know which is what I think Harley's all about. I've no idea why Bruce Timm ever drew Harley in flats, IMO she'd love her Lou's. Which these are copies of. Sort of...

My suit and hood have been commissioned so I've started on my accessories. I wanted a well-fitting rigid mask so I moulded expanded aluminium mesh to my face to get the right shape then covered it with epoxy putty. I'm not entirely happy with the finish yet but I think it's looking promising. Yes, the paint is dry :)

A metre each of natural green and olive green latex for making 'leaves' and accessories and covering boots/shoes. The gloves are a good match colour-wise but will need customising too, I'm thinking of a olive leafy 'cuff' at the top and maybe a line of small natural green leaves along the outside?

I have a lot of cutting out to do...

Nine months later and the fabric on the belt's gone all wrinkly, I imagine it's reacted with the glue. Still, it's peeling off as well so it should be easy enough to replace if I can find some fabric.

I've made up some clean artwork and emailed it off to be appliqueed onto a white catsuit. T'm told there's around six weeks wait on custom work so I've plenty of time to start on the headpiece.

I'm probably going use these boots rather than the leather ones you can see in some of my other pics as I think the rubber looks more 'high-tech'. They don't have zips which makes them a real pain to pull on but once you're wearing them they have a nice sleek fit and are surprisingly comfortable.

This is a costume I intended to put together years ago but for some reason it all ground to a halt...

Anyway, I couldn't find a leotard that looked quite right so I commissioned one from a seamstress who specialised in dancewear. It wasn't until it arrived I realised how frighteningly high-cut it is O.o As I couldn't find any green leg-blotch make-up I decided to go with dancer's tights. The whole affair was pretty messy involving a lot of clingfilm and a couple of marker pens but it seems to have turned out OK. The badge is just epoxy putty painted red with a safety pin embedded into it.

Next project, the gauntlets...


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