the itsy-bitsy spider...?

Updated on Oct 24, 2011
This is an entry to I Die for DIY Costume Contest sponsored by Chictopia.
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CirqueDuScout 's Thoughts:

This costume is based on the Red Spider from Cirque du Soleil’s OVO. It’s one of my favorite Cirque shows (saw it three times live), and she was such a fantastic character, I just had to do it!

Everything except for the shoes was made by me from scratch. I studied the actual costume, and let me tell you, finding good photos of this one was difficult! But I did manage to find some. From there I drafted my own patterns and made the base bodysuit using two layers of lycra for each piece. I then satin stitched the black designs on, which took quite a bit of time and maneuvering, considering I had to seam rip the arm and leg seams after each fitting. The fur trim was also satin stitched on. The headdress is made from Wonderflex (to support the back structure), faux fur (which was actually two layers put together to get the red tipped effect), PVC (the tiny squares), feathers, and Crayola Model Magic (for the horn). I painted the jazz shoes red using fabric paint.

The makeup techniques I used were based on the ones Cirque uses. I used Ben Nye white clown makeup cream and powder, then the black squares are actually sewn onto pieces of netting which I attached to my cheeks using Spirit Gum.

This costume was so much fun to make and to wear, I just love Cirque!

Comments (7)

JennyOBrien
JennyOBrien on November 01
OMG this is so cool!
thebedhairmaid
thebedhairmaid on November 01
this is GREAT!!
filipina
filipina on October 28
amazing.. and what a great pose! you really worked that part! :)
boomloulou
boomloulou on October 24
Amazing costume! Love everything abouth this! I wear costumes on a regular basis too and wished I had the talent to make my own! Voted +1 :)
ibroadway42
ibroadway42 on October 24
wow....there are no other words
PinkCheetahVintage
PinkCheetahVintage on October 24
This is amazing! +1 +follow
EccentricOwl
EccentricOwl on October 24
Oh my goodness, this is amazing! Everything about it is fantastic.
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