I’m a bit of a pack rat, and I’ve had about 20 yards of this red plush fur cluttering up my house for a while. I finally decided to do something with it, and this Looney Toons Gossamer costume was the end result.
I started with a costume pattern that was actually for an “Elvis” or “Saturday Night Fever” jumpsuit. I sewed the jumpsuit according to the pattern, leaving out the large collar and bell-bottom panels. The interior structure for the head wass actually a discarded couch cushion: the cushion was rectangular foam surrounding a box-spring assembly. I cut the foam cover in half, removed the springs, and turned the foam inside-out, so it naturally formed the two-humped shape of the monster’s head. I cut out matching front and back panels, and then a 9” gusset for the top and sides.
The eyes were made from the perforated plastic used for needlepoint, with spray-painted pupils, and the mouth was made from see-through theatrical scrim. The shoes were originally cheap plastic blue clown shoes, painted white, with black accents added with gaffer’s tape. I also made gloves with claws, though they are not visible in this picture. The best response I got all night on Halloween was on Hollywood Blvd: a mounted policeman leaned over to me and said: “You kinda look like my ex-wife, first thing in the morning!”
I really wanted to do this Homemade Gossamer Costume for years so I decided how. I got foam and cut it to sit on my head and be tall. Then I laid the fur over the top and glued it on top of the foam. I put suspenders through the foam at the shoulders to keep it attached to me and so I could dance in it, which I did.
I put see through black in the mouth so I could see and used felt to make the tongue and eyes. I bought devil hands from the store and giant sneaker slippers to finish it off. I put Bugs Bunny on my head to finish it off.