On Pins and Broken Needles

Livewire

Character Name:
Livewire
Source:
DC Comics
Costume Variation(s):
Superman Adventures
Debuted At:
Heroes and Villains Halloween Dance 2014

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Costumes Notes

Livewire was one of those random characters that stuck with me over the years since I first saw them. And her design was simple enough that I could make it with my limited spandex experience.

The suit was made two parts:

1. Boot covers/leggings: instead of wearing white times or painting my legs and dealing with the possibility of the boot falling down, I decided to sew a set of leggings with built-in shoes. I modified a leggings pattern I had made from another project and extended it down so that it'd cover a pair of cheap wedges I had. Some Shoe-Goo later, I had a pair of boot-cover-leggings. Only downside is that at the end of a night I can't take off my shoes without removing the entire costume.

2. Bodysuit: I originally attempted to fully draft the pattern for the bodysuit myself, but after multiple attempts I realized that I didn't know enough about drafting skin-tight stretch and arm scyes. So I quickly bought a Kwik-Sew pattern, and went to work modifying it to my needs. It was here that I ran into the biggest headache of this costume: the lightning bolt. Artwork of Livewire was inconsistent on the shape, length, width, ending-point (center/off center), and just about everything. After three or four attempts to draw out my own design, I hit up the Internet, printed off a lightning bolt to the proper scale and traced away. I really wished I had done this in the first place and saved myself a lot of time, worry, and headaches.

The wig started out as and Epic Cosplay Helen in Ice Blond. Then I butchered it. I'm starting to think wigs are going to be the one part of my costumes I will have to commission. I also attempted to do a glued hairline/widow's peak but unfortunately the fake-lace-front of the Helen doesn't lend itself well to adding fibre, so that was ripped out shortly after it was put in.

The make-up is a combination of Snazaroo and Mehron Paradise with eyeshadow for countouring.

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