This is my Riddler costume. The Riddler is the lead vocalist in my husband's band 'The Villains'. It took some time to find the correct green to make the suit with. Then with the chosen pattern I was underway.
There are 72 question marks in three different sizes on the lined jacket. A friend and I hand drew the questions marks on paper and then transferred the design to ice cream container lids as the firm plastic made a good template.
After they were cut out an iron on webbing (vliesofix)was applied to the back ,it turns the question marks into an iron on applique. It took a while to place all of the question marks in place so they looked good, they were just pinned onto the outside of the jacket, the lining is added later.
Once happy with the placement it was just a matter of carefully ironing them into place. Then the sewing, each question mark took 5 minutes doing satin stitch, that's roughly 6hrs. Then the lining was added and the jacket was finished.
It has matching plain green pants. The purple shirt was just traced of an existing shirt that he owned, and the gloves made out of the shirt fabric. The hat was just a cheap black bowlers hat bought in a party shop. It was black, I just painted it green and added the question mark. The tie was made by my friend out of the suit fabric then I just added the question mark. The mask is made out of craft foam.
I have also made two other costumes in the band,The Joker (my husband & bass player) and Dr Evil (the drummer). I will add these costumes to the site also.
I wanted to do something different from all the usual un-original witches and dark angels you see out on Halloween. After much thought and as I’d never seen a female Riddler then this Homemade Lady Riddler Costume was the idea for me.
My shopping list was as follows: Long green vest top (Ebay £6), Mini bowler hat (Ebay £10), Black fabric paint (Ebay £2.50), Green fabric paint (Ebay £2.50)
Using some cereal box card I made 3 different size question mark shaped stencils which I then used to pen the question marks all over my vest top. I then filled these in with the black fabric paint. I painted my little hat green, stenciled and painted a small question mark on the front and sewed it to a plastic head band so it wouldn’t fall off while I was out.
Previous to starting my costume I had been looking for a cane like the Riddler’s (Jim Carey) in Batman Forever 1995 but failed to find one anywhere and had almost resigned myself to not having one at all when I came across a piece of Styrofoam at work and was inspired. On the night before Halloween I spent a few hours making the masterpiece that was my cane. Styrofoam carved into a question mark, screwed to a bouncy ball which was then screwed to a wine cork which slotted into a cardboard tube. Finally reinforced with more cereal box card, lots of masking tape and spray painted gold.
On the night I pimped up my costume with a black pleated skirt, black over the knee sock and killer heels.