Sep 7, 2011, 10:26 AM - Arkham City Catwoman Costume
This was a special project I got to work on for Dragon*Con for a long-time client. Of all the bodysuits I've made, this was hands down the most difficult. Here are some pictures.
Here is the master pattern (before everything got cut out and had seam allowances added). This is actually the second draft of the pattern. The first one was transferred onto some junk fabric for mockup purposes, which made me realize a few height adjustments needed to be made at the torso and legs. The shaded areas are where the hexagon print fabric go. The blank spots are either for a stretchy matte finish vinyl, or leather straps.
Here are my pattern pieces (cut out with SA's added) laid out on my custom print fabric. The pattern design was done in photoshop by my client, and we had it printed by Spoonflower on cotton jersey. Getting a true black wasn't possible, but that worked out nicely since the matte finish vinyl I had chosen was more of a smokey grey. Each pattern piece has a grainline marked on it so I could make sure the hexagons pointed the same direction on all the pieces. In all, I used approximately 1.5 yards of the hexagon print.
Here are the first pieces coming together. Determining the order in which things were sewn together was the biggest challenge in making the suit.
And here is the bodysuit on a mannequin. You can also see some test lapel pieces here. I had a little concern here as the boobs looked really flat, which was confirmed during the first fitting on my client. I ended up scrapping these boob pieces entirely and replacing them with a two-part boob cup. This gave my client a lot more shape and significantly reduced the discomfort/compression caused by the first piece.
Here is a closeup of the top part of the bodysuit.
And a closeup of the gloves (silver knuckle pieces made by client). The gloves were a great find on eBay. I cut a slit in the back, added a zipper, and stitched the hexagon fabric to the front. The knuckle pieces are glued on with E6000.
Here is a side shot of the finished outfit.
Here is a front view of the finished outfit.
My favorite part of the whole project was actually the cowl...but mostly because I put rhinestones on the kitty charm =)
Thanks for looking!
Sep 7, 2011, 10:35 AM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Wow, that's really amazing, especially since the game isn't even out yet. The Arkham City costume is a really cool version of Catwoman too. Great job.
Sep 7, 2011, 11:34 AM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
My Facebook Newsfeed has been inundated with Dragon*Con photos (making me soooooo jealous). I spotted your Catwoman so many times! Fantastic work and wow on the custom print fabric!
Sep 7, 2011, 1:10 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Sep 7, 2011, 5:11 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Holy crap that is awesome!!!
Sep 8, 2011, 5:06 AM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Very cool! I saw your Megamind costume & decided to search for more costumes you created...and what do you know: another work of art!
Sep 8, 2011, 1:28 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
probably the coolest Cat suit I've ever seen - retains the sexy factor of the Pfeiffer style but with a little practicality and true mobility. Fantastic work!
Sep 8, 2011, 2:34 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
smoken hawt rawr! nice job!
Sep 8, 2011, 3:10 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Really nice job on this!
Sep 8, 2011, 3:56 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
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Oct 12, 2011, 7:05 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
@PrimoOptismo: Oh, I wish the suit was more practical/mobile. The cotton interlock (the custom print) is really thin, so I had to double layer those areas with a thinner spandex backing. This makes for very crisp cutwork and seams, but limits stretch factor quite a bit. The matte finish vinyl also doesn't have as much stretch as I would like, but really, all in all, I'm happy with the final results. I did however advise my client against actually cat-burgular-ing in this ;-)
Anyhow, I'm posting because I have some new photos from Bryan Humphrey!
Oct 12, 2011, 8:16 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
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Oct 17, 2011, 12:51 AM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Loves it! I wish I could make my own... no sewing talent here though. My sister mostly makes mine or I have to pay someone to make them. Awesome Job.... I love the fact you added rhinestones on the kitty charm...... it's like putting more of your personality into the costume. Great Job!
Oct 17, 2011, 4:06 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Heh - it's too bad it's not as mobile as it looks. But still; HOT. (which adds to why it's too bad... )
Oct 17, 2011, 5:16 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Gosh this is pretty inspiring!
Thanks for posting the templates for those of us who like to look at how others draft out patterns!
Oct 17, 2011, 11:11 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Bryan Humphry is the bomb when it comes to D*C pics I saw this one in person a time or two at D*C this year and remembered seeing it here. It looks even more amazing in person!
Nov 3, 2011, 5:34 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Thought I'd post an update since I got a new photo from Darrell Ardita (BGZ Studios)!
I've been told that there are more to come from this shoot, so I'll post here again when I get them. Enjoy!
Dec 5, 2011, 3:58 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Dec 6, 2011, 2:33 AM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
I'm so glad this got bumped up again I was watching it before convention madness hit and my brain went on holiday
Love this crazy seam detailing? Fantastic. Texture choices, brilliant. Love it.
Dec 6, 2011, 8:33 AM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
That came out Awesome.The things you do with a needle and thread are amazing.
Dec 26, 2011, 5:26 PM - Re: Arkham City Catwoman Costume
Hey folks! Hope everyone had a great holiday. I realized that I forgot to post one other picture that Darell Ardita did for me. Here it is:
You can see more of his great photograph here: bgzstudios on deviantART
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