So it’s only appropriate that I spend most of the day working on the beginnings of my Halloween Costume. I am a terrible procrastinator, and if I wait until the last minute it will never come together, so I’m starting now. So costume party on Halloween, need something to wear. Now the party I am going to is going to be attended by what one might call … mundanes. muggles. ahem. normal people. So I wanted a costume that could serve me later at nerdier functions – but I didn’t have to explain who I was to everyone. So at some point, I decided to do a steampunk Joker. Now I realize I may have to explain “steampunk” but at least with the green wig and the unmistakable makeup, everybody would know I was the Joker. And with that the costuming began.
So I bought this corset. Made by Damsel in this Dress, this is their Vixen model. I bought it because I basically thought it was versatile for all my pirate / steampunk / renfest costuming needs. And it is orange. I haven’t really decided what I’m going to wear underneath – right now what I’m leaning towards is a turquoise button down.
I found this green wig on ebay for about 10 bucks. I’m glad I ordered it early because apparently it’s coming from Japan and will probably take forever. It will probably be really gross and super cheap, but I like the color, and in the picture it doesn’t look too bad, right?
I also ordered a pair of welding goggles ( steampunk, remember? ) off ebay, and they arrived this morning in the mail. So I got to work modifying them, and in about a half hour, with some rub n buff and a sheet of iridescent cellophane I had this:
I’m pretty pleased with the outcome! I’ll probably do the Lug’s tonight – he’s going to be Dr. Horrible.
My next bit of alteration were of a pair of 6 dollar oxfords I picked up from Goodwill this morning. They were just plain black, so I had to Jokerize them. They are kind of a little bit more Rockabilly than Steampunk, but whatever – I think they look awesome.
Other Goodwill finds included a great purple pair of slacks that just need to be hemmed, and a jacket I may dye and chop up a bit. I was disappointed in the lack of good belts, but I will keep my eye out for more in the days leading up to halloween. What I still need: I want a holster and a bang flag gun I think, but those flag guns really don’t look like real guns – so I don’t know. More belts so I can make strappy harnessy stuff. And if I feel really creative, I may want a steampunky squirting flower. That may be too complicated though, but we will see.