Rock on, E.K.
This week, we needed 2 Evel Knievel costumes. Lets just say there were tricycles and a huge styrofoam ramp involved. I didn’t have a ton of advance notice (about 2 days) and I needed to make two sets, so I Googled, I simplified, I sewed, I puffy-painted, and then I spent the rest of my time whipping around the lobby of the Fredrick RMCC Campus on a child’s tricycle (thanks to our facilities manager at the Fredrick campus, Lloyd, for raising the handle bars for me!)
By the way, lets just get this out there… I’m an admitted Evil Knievel fan. We used to watch his stunts live on TV and it was a BIG EVENT around my house when I was a kid. His talent was combining athleticism, fearlessness and showmanship … just like me riding my trike around the church in full E.K. regalia. (BwaHA!!! Just kidding, just kidding, don’t write any “V, that’s inappropriate” comments.)
Anyway, to make the suits, I sewed some oversized white suits (I didn’t use a pattern, which is probably all too obvious!). I based the outfits on some oversized hoodie/sweats outfits I made a while back. I went for a larger size so they would fit other (men) actors if needed in the future, so they could be worn over normal clothing, and so we could move around in them easily for our incredible stunts! BEFORE I sewed all the pieces together, I attached trim, made the bell-bottom pants inserts, etc.
For fabric, I picked up some $4.99/yard white woven cotton/poly blend – it’s designed for lining curtains, but was the only white I could find at the local hobby store that wasn’t too thin but was within my budget. For two suits, I bought 8 yards. For the 2 capes and trim, I bought 2 yards of red and 1 1/4 yards of blue. A large bottle of white fabric paint was more than enough for the stars.
It took several hours for the white fabric paint to dry… then it was off to take a nap to try to fight off this miserable cold I’ve come down with. I’m just sorry I got sick and missed the opportunity to see my friend Donna riding a trike around the Niwot campus, because she’s comic-hosting there this weekend. Look out Rush Hour, V’evil and D’evil Knievel are IN THE HOUSE!!!