Hello November! If you follow my Instagram, then you probably know that I was exceptionally devastated that Halloween ended. I had about five glorious days filled with Halloween cheer leading up to the holiday, so seeing it all come to an end was a bit tragic, partially due to the fact that I had to retire my costume for this year: Sexy Pizza.
Yes, for Halloween, I was a literal slice of sexy, lingerie-clad pizza, and it was pretty glorious for many reasons. #1: Pizza is damn sexy anyway. #2: This was an idea I have had for two years. #3: Sexy Pizza is the first costume that I completely fabricated on my own. As much as I would have liked to have completed my Batgirl costume for Halloween, deep down I wanted to be Sexy Pizza. It was calling to me, urging me. Wear the Pizza, be the Pizza, you are the Pizza.
And, apparently, I did something right because this costume earned me a runner-up spot at the Costume Contest my work held! So, if you were wondering how such a beauty came about, here is a break-down of how Sexy Pizza came to fruition:
I started with a dream and some fleece I picked up at Jo-Ann’s. The fleece was on sale, so it cost about $6 for the crust-colored and cheese-colored fleece. I was originally going to make it out of felt, but their color selection was exceptionally small. But the fleece came to the rescue.
I did use felt for the pizza toppings, because I could hot glue those onto the finished piece. I wasn’t about that hand-tacking life. I was also planning on using cotton batting to give some heft and shape to the pizza costume, but that was too thin and flimsy. Luckily, Jo-Ann’s had a sale on cushion foam, so I bought two yards. The foam was about half-an-inch thick, so it made the pizza stiff enough without too much bulk.
The most important part of this costume was finding the right lingerie. I wanted a set that was an off-beat color (not nude, black, or white) so that it could definitely be visible amongst the pepperoni and cheese. I also needed a set that had a matching thong, because a thong is pizza-shaped, so it would be easier to incorporate onto the costume. I searched for a green set, but couldn’t find one that was cheap enough–I didn’t want to spend $40 on a pair of bra and panties that I was just going to cut up. Finally, I found a set at Marshall’s, and the whole shebang was $10.
Once all of the ingredients were gathered, I had to put the dang thing together. But how was I going to do that with no pattern? True confessions time: I hate working with patterns. I’m sucking it up for my Batgirl cosplay, but I never feel comfortable using them. Luckily, a pizza is one simple shape, so I began by measuring the fleece to create two even triangles. I used these shapes as a template for the foam, and cut accordingly.
I don’t know if I’ll be able to properly explain the steps on how I constructed the pizza, but I basically eyeballed other plush pizza costumes and went from there. I knew I had to make a casing with the crust-colored fabric for the foam and sew up those sides, and make pockets on the crust part so that they could be stuffed. The hardest part of the whole costume was attaching the two sides at the shoulders. These pieces were hand-sewn and a pain in the ass to complete.
Once I completed all of the sewing, I cut out the pizza toppings and hot glued those on. The final step was to adorn the pizza with lacy lingerie. I cut the backs off the thongs and the bra, and attached them with half hand sewing, and half hot gluing.
If you were to see the pizza costume in person, you would notice that none of the seams are turned, and all of the raw edges are exposed. It’s not a perfect sewing job, I will admit, but I’m very proud of it. I wore this costume to a Halloween party at my local comic book shop, and then on Monday to work for Halloween. The costumes is exceptionally comfortable and warm, and the only snag I ran into while wearing it is that I had to take it off while driving and when I had to use the restroom. Otherwise, there were no problems at all.
I am thrilled that I’ve acquired enough skill to make such a costume. Don’t get me wrong, I’m seriously impressed with all I’ve done for Batgirl so far, but Sexy Pizza holds a special kind of honor. I only wish I could wear it every day.
What were you dressed as for Halloween? Did you make your costume this year? Let me know in the comments how your spooktacular night went!
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