Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Last Updated: 07-17-2011
Wonka was a landmark costume for me in so many ways. It was the first 'big' costume I dared to attempt - everything else so far had been fairly simple and straightforward. He was my first attempt at crossplay, something I still haven't replicated, and this was my first time wearing a non-anime costume to an anime convention. I was crushed when I realized that I couldn't compete in the masquerade with it, but the experience was still amazing.
The coat was made of velvet, which was terrifying to sew on for two reasons: it was incredibly expensive and every cut was intimidating, and the process of sewing with the heavy grain of the fabric was difficult, to say the least. It was originally a man's pattern, tailored slightly to give me a close fit while still concealing my curves.
The vest and pants were made out of pinstriped fabric, to echo the stripes in the original coat. I didn't have the energy to hand-stripe three yards of velvet and this seemed like an easier choice. :) I got lucky in the clearance section of my local fabric store and found the perfect hideous paisley fabric in blue, green, red, and yellow quilting cotton. The dress shirt is made out of it, which was both breathable and surprisingly scratchy.
The cane was my pride and joy, improvised from various hardware store finds. The endpiece and the ball were both originally ends to curtain rods, painted and varnished. I screwed the bottom piece into a thick dowel and slid the plastic cover to a fluorescent lightbulb over the top, gluing it in place before filling the space between the dowel and the cover tube with multicolored nerds. I had to spraypaint the some of the nerds white when I couldn't find the ones I needed outside of halloween. It wouldn't survive any serious battles as a weapon, but it's pretty damn sturdy. :)
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