POISON IVY: DC Comics
I grew up reading my Dad's Silver Age Batman
comics from the 1960s as a kid. My favorite villain was Poison Ivy with her crazy leafy outfit and shock of red hair. I knew if I ever cosplayed a Batman character
, I wanted to be Ivy. I am also an environmentalist, though not an insane, murderous one.
This costume was a lot more time-consuming than I first anticipated; the top is a steel-boned corset covered in ivy leaves I bought on clearance from JoAnn's - those puppies are expensive! I spent hours snipping off each individual leaf, separating them into piles based on size, and then arranging them layer by layer, ensuring the design was correct before hand-sewing and fabric gluing them down. I arranged the leaves to create a heart-shaped pattern at the bust line and added several rows of leaves down past the bottom edge of the corset to overlap with the bottoms. Instead of doing a leotard, it was much easier to combine a corset with a pair of booty shorts, which blend together seamlessly with all the leaves attached. I bought a pair of green shorts and hand-sewed each leaf onto those as well, shaping the fabric as I went until I was satisfied with the fit. The gloves are green gardening gloves, which I left free at the hands and sewed leaves up the edge of the glove, and the necklace has a real necklace underneath with leaves gem glued to it to create an interesting shape. For the boots I originally made a pair of leafy boot covers, but when I revamped the costume in 2013 I took a pair or black boots I had that I didn't care much for but had a perfect shape for Ivy, cut the front into a "V" shape, and then meretriciously glued down the leaves to the boots and shellacked them down with Mod Podge. I also had sold the red wig I'd worn for Ivy by then, and didn't realize it until the last minute. In a pinch, I ordered a wig that I could get in time for the con, and it ended up a lot poofier than I would have liked. However I decided to go with it, and threw some extra leaves and flowers into it to add to its already wild woman look. Although Poison Ivy is always a popular cosplay at cons, I enjoy my version of her and I need to remember dig her out of the closet more often when packing!