Monday, February 7, 2011
This is the costume that I am completing for my husband as his anniversary gift....and the work begins!
I am starting with the gloves. Chuck cast up the fiberglass shell for his cowl( headpiece/mask) today while I was out of the house. A courtesy to me because of the toxic nature of casting fiberglass. It makes me glad I sew..right?
I realize this isn't a very good picture of the gloves because of the shadows, but its getting late, and it will work for our purposes here.
My key task is to replicate the fins. Notice how nice those points look? Its trickier than it looks let me tell you....
This set of gloves are Chucks, made from the same fabric as the original. This pair was made by Dorothy Gaspar she has the original pattern as used for the show. Chuck asks her to sew them to this point so that I can custom fit them to him and make the fins and set them to his exacting standards.
After pin fitting them I thread traced the finished outside seam line, and finished length. That's the easy part because Dorothy did the difficult task of sewing the thumb and fingers.
After some trial and error the solutions is in the exact placement of the crossgrain(stretch) to the lengthwise grainline(non-stretch). When placed correctly you get the correct shape as seen on the right.
Now that I have that figured out I can make 5 more. but maybe tomorrow.
Did you watch the show as a kid? Are you Batman, Robin, or perchance a famous villain?