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Halloween Costume Contest 2012

Steampunk Big Eared Bat

Nov 08, 2012
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A tiny rare Rafinesqe Big Eared Bat appeared in my lower level bathroom at Caddo Lake this summer. Of course he was the inspiration for my costume. I pulled all of the brown fabrics I had and threw them on the floor to see what would work!  The corset pattern came from a copy of a 1897 French Magazine.  The center bat clasp was an embroidery pattern purchased for a mask. I used papertowel rolls, copper foil and cat eyes to Steampunk it out!  The fingerless gloves, boned cape and bat face on the hat are my original designs. Elastic held the arms in place and allowed the spines over my fingers to move. I talked with my long fingers all night. It was So Cool! I used cable ties for boning and fishing line serged all around the edges for shape. My serger is 25 years old. I so want the new one! The hat was adapted from a free pattern online. I used brass brads (office supply) and boning to accentuate the shape. 

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  1. User avater imeldashoequeen February 7th

    Dolly, I do not believe these photos do your work justice.

  2. User avater KathyLaP December 29th

    Wonderful! Clever use of materials and the bat claso on the corset is perfect.

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