This look was inspired specifically by the scene where she dances with Bruce Wayne at a ball,
but who can resist mixing sweet lace and tush-kicking thigh-high leather boots? It’s Halloween, after all, and don’t we get to do what we want? Hint: We do. Here’s the simple DIY Catwoman costume:
These ears are pretty simple and look totally luxe. Here’s how.
What You Need
- A spool of wide black lace. This can be found at Hobby Lobby for about $2.99 for the whole roll, or you can invest in actual lace for nicer accessories. You can use the same lace for your mask, or use the lace from your mask.
- Black jewelry wire. I used 20 gauge, but you could use a bit thinner.
- One thin black headband, ideally wrapped in fabric, not just the plastic base.
- Black bias tape
- Black thread and needle
- Trusty, trusty E-6000, or other very strong fabric glue
- Wire clippers
- Pliers, if you’re using thick wire
- Measuring tape
- White chalk
First: Measure your headband. It should be 36 centimeters. If so, use these measurements listed for the ears. If not, use this as a guide: Take the entire length of the headband and divide by 3.6. This will be your first measurement (our 10 cm measurement). Then take the entire length and divide by 2.4. This will be your second measurement (our 15 cm measurement).
1. Measure up 10 centimeters on one side of the headband, mark with chalk. Measure up 15 centimeters, mark with chalk. Repeat on the other side, for four even markings.
2. Using your wire clippers, clip off about 26 to 27 centimeters of wire. Start winding your wire around the marking at 10 cm. Wind it about two to three times around the headband. After about two or three windings, it should be quite secure and shouldn’t slide across the headband.
3. Without making much of an effort to bend this wire into a cat ear shape just yet, wind the second end of the wire at the 15 cm mark. Again, use about two to three windings, or so it’s quite secure. You should have made a nice little hoop there.
4. Using the pliers, or your fingers, pinch the middle of the wire hoop you made so that it’s more triangular, like a cat ear.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the second ear.
6. On the inside end of the headband, squirt a small blob of E6000 and let dry about 30 seconds, or until tacky.
7. Press the end of your black bias tape onto the E6000 and wind around the headband once.
8. Begin winding the bias tape on a diagonal up the headband towards the outside edge of the first ear. When you get to the ear, continue winding the headband inside the ear, trying to smooth out any sharp or bumpy edges created by the wire. No need to cover the wire, just the headband.
9. Continue winding for the entire headband.
10. After you’ve covered the entire headband, squirt another blog of E6000 on the inside end and let dry about 30 seconds.
11. Press the bias tape onto the E6000 and hold until secure. Trim off the excess.
12. Cut squares of lace that will roughly cover your ears. Make sure you have plenty, but don’t get too picky just yet.
13. Begin sewing by first threading the needle through the bias tape at the base of the first edge of the first ear. From there, start sewing the lace very closely to the wire. Make sure to not pinch the lace or ruche it, but make sure you’re essentially winding the thread very closely through the lace and around the wire.
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15. Repeat for the second ear.
16. Trim the excess lace somewhat closely around the ears. Just how closely depends on your personal preference–you might want a little excess–but make sure you don’t trim it so closely that you’ll release any of your stitching!
17. That’s it! Go, you devilish sex kitten, you.