Alongside our Spanish adventure, Amy had an epic Sci-Fi party to celebrate her birthday. Perhaps surprisingly, I’m not a big fan of science fiction, despite a long time love of all things retro-future based. When everyone started asking me if I was going to go as Barbarella, I was a little deflated; that’s a great costume idea, but I don’t like meeting anyones expectations when it comes to dressing up! After a quick think, there was only one other space gal I could possibly go as. My long-time girl crush Judy Jetson!
The Jetsons was such a great show – as was The Flintstones – and it breaks my heart a little that they’re not on the radar of many a young-un these days. I remember dying of happiness when I visited Universal Studios in my youth and experiencing the Hannah Barbera ride, which happens to now be re-skinned as the still-fun-but-less-kitsch Despicable Me simulator. I feel a comeback is required, who’s with me?!
All the off the rack costumes for Judy are a little too tacky and revealing for my liking, so I ended up purchasing this pink satin dress from Depop for next to nothing, which was un-worn and still had the tags on (it was originally £50 from Top Shop!) and snapped up this insane UFO bag from The White Pepper. I made the collar with some cheap pink vinyl, garden wire and tape from my local fabric and DIY home shops. It took me a couple of hours to get my head around and build from scratch, but I’m pretty darn proud of it – not to mention: NO SEWING!!
The wig was a trickier make though, and I have very few skills with wigs. I talked through my idea with Loretta at my favourite salon Lipstick, Lashes and Locks and bought a £6 white wig from ebay. For such little money, I was surprised at how great this wig is! I handed it straight over to Loretta to let her work her magic. She created a structure using pipe cleaners and hair pins for the pony tail to poke over my head like a total magician. Isn’t it amazing?! Overall, the whole thing worked out way cheaper than the store-bought costume, and we’ve got to admit, looks a hell of a lot better too!
So, next time you have an idea for a costume, try making it yourself – and if all else fails, you can always rope in your favourite people to help you achieve your crazy dreams. Don’t be frightened to approach hair salons with wigs, they can be cut and styled just like the hair on your head, only it will last much longer should you look after it well after wearing!
Thanks so much for your help Loretta, this costume was perfect for dancing the night away in and is now proudly stored away… with my beloved wig on a stand, perfectly ready for my next party!