|Costume type:||Costumes for Women|
This homemade costume for women entered our 2014 Halloween Costume Contest.
A word from Annamarie, the 'Contortionist' costume creator:
I wanted to create a homemade costume that was an optical illusion. I searched many ideas on Google when I came up with the idea to be a Contortionist. To create the legs I started with Tubular Pipe Insulation to make the feet, calves and thighs, then i stuffed them with packing peanuts to give make them thicker. I wrapped them in saran wrap and then connected the pieces with 16g wiring so that i could bend them. I then used two 2ft x 2ft foam project panels and cut out inserts to slide my waste into the center of each piece. I secured them with double sided tape. Then I draped twin sheets over the square panels to create a table look. The legs were covered with nylons and used a pair of slip on shoes for the feet. To connect the legs to me, i taped a belt to the back of the homemade legs/torso and secured it around my waste. It was a bit of a trial and error to find out what worked best. The costume took about four evenings to create and cost around $25 to create! The funnest part was the reactions! Many people came up to me and said they had to do a double take wondering how in the world i was that flexible. I was able to keep the legs up without having to hold them so I was free to use my hands.