And to the final piece I made for the Sink the Pink Winter Ball. Sewing these was a load of fun and it was such a pleasure to spend time with Jono.
Here she is at The Bethnal Green Working Man’s Club for a rehearsal.
The original conversation we had about this outfit involved “Vanessa, I’d love something similar to this. Nipped in waist, big hips”. If you didn’t click through, “this” is a retro, vampy, Judy Jetson-esque outfit worn by Sharon Needles of Ru Paul’s Drag Race fame. It was definitely the right look so now to make it practical for the choreography, and fire-eating (yes really).
Needless/Needles to say, I thoroughly enjoyed making this even though at the time I kept asking myself why I had decided on so many panels and why the hell I decided that right angles and symmetry should be involved at all. It’s basically the same catsuit pattern bodice extended into a dress so I could experiment with the cut outs and panels.
I thought it best to ask “Are you boobing up for this number?”
“Probably not, I only have really bouncy, watery ones!”
I thought it better to leave the boob option open, so to speak, so we had this homage to Janet-Super-Bowl-Jackson at the fitting. But slightly more graceful.
I got a bit carried away with the sleeves, power mesh at the bicep and elbow and a fin at the armhole. The final look turned out like this.
And then there’s this over-the-shoulder-smouldering.
The hip pads were a bit of a head scratcher. I experimented with wire, wadding and swearing until I decided to use shoulder pads. I attached them to a belt that is stepped into, this way it can be used again.
I’m going to leave you with these particular bits of backstage joy.
I’ve compiled the rest of the costumes I made for the Winter Ball in various other posts linked below. And if you poke around, you’ll find the Summer Ball posts too.