Last Updated: 02-27-2011
Costume Components: blue polo, khakis, vest, riding boots, wig, leather cord, gun holster, sawed-off shotgun, black military belt
Total cost: $200 (though half of that was just wig and shoes)
Purchased elements: Black riding style boots, tan pants, navy blue polo, black military belt, one long strand of black leather, one plastic sawed-off shot gun.
Make-up: Because I am not black, I purchased dark foundation. I found that I got the smoothest coverage if I applied it over top of my regular foundation. Otherwise, it caught and exaggerated all my blemishes. A little hairspray kept it from coming off my hands and arms, but I made sure the shirt was long sleeved as well.
The vest: The expense in the vest came with the buckles. There are eight total. The fabric pattern is Butterick 4736, modified so that the sides don't meet and buckles can be attached. When using the fake leather, I found it saved my sewing machine if I folded tissue paper (like you'd use for wrapping presents) over the side. It fed into the sewing machine much more easily after that.
I purchased all the buckles online, and used a riveter to line the holes in the material so it wouldn't stretch.
The gun belt: There's a buckle on this too. This is flat fabric with hooks sewn on to hold the gun in place. I also attached a piece of velcro to the gun. It doesn't work great, but given my resources, it was cheap and easy. I used shoe polish to give it a worn look.
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