Sewing the Sink the Pink Winter Ball 2015 -Tank Girl (with bonus Bryan Adams anecdote)

I’ve a bit of catching up to do on the last few months. Here’s a Tank Girl look I made earlier. A lot earlier, for the December 2015 Sink the Pink Heroes and Villains Ball.

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Glynfamous as Tank Girl. 

This routine had some fairly vigorous choreography and a bunch of dancers in David Cameron masks. Pointedly political. And speaking of points…

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Never before has a pair of tits given me so many sleepless nights. I trialed a few alternatives like plastic bottles (too light, no substance) or card (just no) before I finally went back to using foam.

 

These are just cylindrical foam pieces (from Shepherd’s Bush market) which I slowly carved into a bullet/bomb shape. I marked the centre and then carved away a little at a time until I was happy with them. Most of this time I was wishing for an electric carving knife, it makes this so much easier. Scissors worked just fine, although my wrists weren’t thrilled with the work.

 

Next, I covered them in white lycra and used black gaffa tape to get the checks on the tapered part. The fins are just part of a cardboard box covered in yet more black gaffa.

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So far, so Tank Girl. But it needed a way to attach to a human person so I made one of those open bra tops in elastic. I really liked how this turned out even before I added the bombs to it.

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Then it was just a matter of stitching the bombs directly onto the bra. In retrospect, I wish I’d secured them more thoroughly. Halfway through the number, the right boob/bomb was ready to liberate herself…

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As a final touch, I camped up a helmet because it was completely appropriate. And necessary. Cheeky backstage pic, what a beauty.

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I was so busy taking this shot, I turned around and literally bumped into Bryan Adams. Naturally, I didn’t recognise him because WHO EXPECTS BRYAN ADAMS? I assumed he was a performer not yet in drag and proceeded to ask him if he was “getting into a look” later. He was very gracious and said he was going onstage in a bit but not in a look and he enjoyed the tank girl look. Did I realise who he was? Not a bit. Not until he excused himself to go onstage, the opening bars of Summer of ’69 started and Glyn said “It’s Bryan Adams!”.

I’m so smooth.

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About Vanessa

Sewing and assorted nonsense. For reasons that escape me, I left the sunshine and beaches of Australia for the crisps and glitter of London in 2001. I now live in the middle of some kind of feline drop-in centre in East London battling for space to make costumes and clothes. Over on twitter and instagram as @smittenness Email over here ------> smittenness@gmail.com
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2 Responses to Sewing the Sink the Pink Winter Ball 2015 -Tank Girl (with bonus Bryan Adams anecdote)

  1. NO ONE EXPECTS BRYAN ADAMS! that is hilariously random

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