So from sharing my most recently made costume, Munkustrap, I wanted to share my oldest. Rumpelteazer. This costume originated as my first ever attempt at Cats costuming over eight years ago, with my first ever attempt at painting a unitard and warmers knitted by my Mum! She's been repainted and revamped at least twice since then and I think I finally was happy when I completed the most recent revamp on the costume in October 2013. She's only been worn a couple of times since though and a pre-con photoshoot this weekend was the first time I actually got decent shots of her. All credit for this photograph goes to the wonderful Ian B, he does gorgeous work, so please check out his page, linked below.
With the final revamp, I gave the unitard a final repaint, resulting in it's current very vibrant, busy look, and also replaced the original shoulder fluffies, which are made mostly from frayed organza & other sheer fabrics. I was happy with the look of the original warmers, but not the structure, so I carefully unravelled them and the frogged yarn was reknitted for me into a new set, by Moonkins. The tail also contains yarn reclaimed from the original. And the shoes and wig I've never needed to do any work on. I have replaced the collar, mostly because my skills have moved on since I made the first one (though it was what started me on that path) although the studs are from the exact same pack as the original. Good job it was easier to buy them in bulk! But she really is a recycled, reclaimed Rumpel!Costume credits:Blank unitard construction and original fluffies
- BelleUnitard painting and subsequent repaints & refluffying
(Still her beautiful original work, made from crepe hair) -
- Originally knitted by my mother, unravelled and then reknitted by MoonykinsShoe painting
- Myself (This is still the original paintwork)Custom collar construction
(the only thing in this costume to have been entirely replaced multiple times) - MyselfTail construction
(reworked from pieces of the original) - Myself.Make up
- Myself, based on UK designs. Snazaroo water based facepaint, Kryolan Supracolor greasepaint & Barry M Dazzle Dust.
Photograph: Photography by Ian B