“Holy costume party, Batman!”

“Holy costume party, Batman!”   Believe it or not, that’s an actual quote from the boy wonder Robin from the Classic 60’s BATMAN show.  I found it most appropriate to start this particular blog post!

Last year, my company held an internal Halloween party with a contest for “best costume”.  I won last year wearing a screen-used Star Trek: The Next Generation jumpsuit and wanting to hold my title again this year, planned to make my costume. 

Going with a super-hero theme, I thought about Batman, but his character seems pretty saturated – I decided to do his trusty sidekick, Robin instead.  For a nostalgic moment, I thought about the Robin from the classic TV show, BATMAN; however, I opted to go with the more modern version as depicted in the current DC Comics and Teen Titans.

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Collage Courtesy of Rob Turner

Having lead the costume efforts for the Starship Farragut Internet film series, I wanted to make my costume from scratch.  I did some research on the Internet and worked primarily off two pictures. 

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Photos Used for Reference

With the exception of the boots (already had), pants, mask, and cape – I made the costume from scratch.  Here are some details from a costume construction perspective:

Shirt = Using a raglan shirt pattern, made the sleeves green using Kelly Green spandex with the wrong side out making it less shiny.  Red fabric was nylon double-knit fabric.  The “R” logo was an embroidered patch and the yellow square buttons came from a child’s Rubies brand Robin costume that I found at a thrift store.  Cutting the three squares out and then using fusible web interfacing, made it into a patch that was then sew onto the costume.  The collar area edging was simply turning it inside and sewing it down and the sleeve hems were blindstiched.

Underwear = Simple “trunks” made of matching red fabric.

Utility Belt = Using a karate belt, I lined it with shiny yellow plastic that I got from using a children’s raincoat.  The belt buck was simply a Craftsman’s workmans belt.  All items purchased for under $5.00 at a thrift store.

Cape = using a Dracula cape, I modified it by removing the high rising collar.  Didn’t have enough time to align the inside with yellow fabric as depicted – although I had purchased a yellow bed sheet from a thrift store do to so.

Well, competition was fierce this year (only six people participated in the costume contest!), but safe to say that this year I took home the “best costume” and a nice bottle of red wine.     

Fellow Farraguteers Rob Turner and Cheryl Thomas-Smith partipated as a cowboy and “ultimate Phillys fan” respectively.   For Starship Farragut fans, RT in this case means Sherriff “Rough & Tough!” 

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Cheryl Thomas-Smith & Rob Turner

A big shout out and thanks to my girlfriend who hung in there during the creation of this costume!

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One Response to ““Holy costume party, Batman!””

  1. Ron Shanko Says:

    Holy Bat Crusader!

    Great Job!

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