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The final countdown…

Ahh, the 11th hour…When thoughts of sewing turn to hot glue and hope…

This was me last night right before the Halloween party I went to: On the floor tacky gluing fabric to a cardboard triangle for my Lady Gaga costume. Thursday night, I had been up till all sorts of odd hours  spray painting the other part of my Gaga-wear. (The sort of flattened innertube thing you see around my waist above.)

I think the costume came out quite alright though! At least with the help of my $5 ( I know, right?!) blond wig from Jo-Ann Fabrics. And my sunglasses, which I can at least reuse again. I also got those gloves super cheap (under $5!) at my local Claire’s boutique (it sells jewelry, mostly to the pre-teen or teen set, but don’t judge me, they have really cool earrings in there!).

If you want a Lady Gaga costume like this on the cheap (i.e. not the $50-60 it costs sans wig in the store) try to get yourself:

  1. a black top (Charlotte Russe for me!)
  2. a black skirt (I had that already, you might too)
  3. Posterboard (if you can’t find black posterboard or large cardstock-type paper at your local arts/crafts store, go with regular old white posterboard; Just spray paint it black and leave to dry/air out for 24 hours)
  4. recycled cardboard or posterboard for the silver triangle; (Tip: if you’ve got some scrap cardboard that already has a right angle in it, you have to do even less measuring)
  5. silver sequin-y fabric (Jo-Ann’s; $7/yard and I needed maybe a half a yard with some left over)
  6. tacky glue
  7. black ribbon
  8. some fishnet stockings (I had those from a past Halloween also),
  9. a blonde wig (If you can’t find the super cheapo version as I did, it might go for about $20 or thereabouts)
  10. sunglasses ($10 or under should get you a decent Gaga-esque pair; just go as big as possible)
  11. shoes (use what you’ve got)
  12. gloves (optional**) you can’t eat party food with them on anyway

To start, cut a triangle from cardboard (height is from your hip to your bust line, width is 5-6″ on average). Place the cardboard on top of the wrong side of your sequin fabric and cut around it, leaving about half to 3/4″ allowance around it to glue the fabric down. You will want to cover the BACK side of your triangle first; then flip the triangle over and cover the FRONT side. That way all the excess fabric overlap will only show in the back.

Originally, I had wanted to velcro this piece onto my costume, but due to time constraints, I could not. I ended up cutting small slits in the back of the triangle, through the fabric, then stringing black ribbon through them and tying it around my waist. I safety-pinned the top part of the triangle to the bust of my shirt. Whether you use this method, or whether you go with some stick-on/sew-on velcro, at least you can remove the triangle when you want to. This will make the costume more comfortable, and it will make it washable also.

Translate the shape from the below template to a FULL sheet of regular sized posterboard with a pencil. I just eyeballed it. I am sure it was a little asymmetrical, but no one noticed…

Spray paint the board black on both sides (if your posterboard isn’t already that color.) Make sure you cut enough out of the middle to fit yourself in. Don’t worry if the board bends a bit when you try it on, this is what give it the curve you see. Punch holes in the front of this “skirt” and tie your black ribbon in a bow around yourself to keep this thing on.

That’s more or less the whole costume. Now slap on a wig and show everyone your Poker face :-). Happy Halloween!

Gaga for Gaga

The weekend before last, I had the IMMENSE pleasure of going to see Lady Gaga perform at Boston’s TD Garden. And Gaga definitely did NOT disappoint. That tiny woman did about 2-2.5 hours straight with no intermission, with innumerable – and fabulous – costume changes, and with heels on that give me pain just to think about…

I know that this blog is primarily about craft, so I thought it was only fitting to share my experience (and talk about my Gaga concert outfit) here. Besides, every costume Gaga wore (that lit up, detached, spun, sparkled, or shot sparks) – as well as the show itself – was “crafted.” If anyone out there is up in the air about buying a ticket to a Lady Gaga show, do it. You’ll be SO glad you did.

Some may say that Lady Gaga is “out there” or “freaky,” and that’s 100% true as far as I can tell……but she’s also totally captivating. She owns all the freakiness, and makes it work for her. You can sense a kind of glowing contentment from her when she performs, behind all of the sunglasses you can’t see through, or the latex dresses you totally can.

Years ago, I remember watching Oprah talk about seeing Steven Spielberg in action as he directed a film. She said that you could just tell that what he was doing at that moment was what he was meant to do on this earth, and what gave him the most joy. And I could absolutely feel that same energy from last week’s Lady Gaga spectacular. Part way through the show, Gaga kindly thanked everyone in the room for having bought their ticket. And yes, perhaps she says that at every show, but I really felt like she meant it, and means it every time.

Agreed, her outfits are like something from a dream you’d have after watching a David Lynch film, or going to see a Dalí exhibit, but thus is her charm. You kind of appreciate that she isn’t quite like anyone else on the pop scene today. And I think that if she tried to be anybody but that kooky, self-possessing, potty-mouthed, rhinestone-studded chameleon she seems to have been born to be, it would diminish her.

So cheers Gaga. Show me your teeth!  :-D

If anyone wants to see the outfit I wore to the Lady Gaga concert, and read a bit more about this experience, please read on after the break. Thanks everyone!  Continue reading ‘Gaga for Gaga’


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