A Costume Comes Into the World, Part 2

Posted by: on May 29, 2012

Chris being all dark and broody on his wheel.

Our star wheel artist, Chris “Thighmaster” Delgado, needed a snazzy new costume, and Laura “Fire Goddess” Witwer was just the lady to make it happen. For Part 1 of this series, click here! After the measurements have been taken, the costume designed, and the fabric bought, what is left except to begin? So begin we did.

Humble Beginnings – How a Costume Takes Shape

First, I used a fairly generic costume pattern that I like to call “Sassy Pants” to create the shell; we then tweaked the details like sleeve length, neckline, and how much “ease” (room to move) we needed to allow for in the legs so that Chris didn’t get an unspeakable wedgie mid-act, or telegraph his religion to the world. For this, we used a stretchy black spandex with an embossed reptile print to give it some depth.

It Gets Complicated – Layering and Shaping

Chris is tall and handsomely lanky, with freakishly long arms (and you know what they say about men with long arms), so the design goal was to broaden his chest, define his muscles, and increase his general bad-assery. Over the course of three booze-fueled fittings, I layered dozens of fabric pieces over the shell, and only stuck Chris with pins twice – that’s a record, yo! For the layering, I used a total of four different fabrics: one black burn-out fabric, and three red sparkly/shiny pieces.

The pattern was originally designed for separates, so I modified it to create a unitard. This of course required me to add a zipper (GAH!), though it would have been wildly entertaining to see him try to put it on without one. Chris also sweet-talked me (he’s good at that) into sewing a spiral down one arm, which meant I had to spend HOURS UPON HOURS sewing into a sleeve (Chris, you are the reason this Mommy drinks). I think the spiral was one of his favorite parts of the costume, so I guess it was worth the hangover. 😉


Tune in next week to see photos and video of the finished product! Chris and I are also now an acrobatic duo, so naturally I had to sew myself a matching costume. SPOILER ALERT: these costumes are completely hot. Until next week! Love, Laura

Photo: Eat the Cake NYC


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