The Purple Files:  Velma:Zombie Slayer.
Recreations by K. Carlisle, also known as La Signora Onorata Katerina da Brescia

I bought this tshirt and loved the concept so decided to recreate it for this years ACG Quiz night..

I Had Some Sourcing to Do...
Some of the outfit was sourced cheaply, via opshops and garage sales: the orange tanktop, the plastic machete. The hand was purchased from a party shop (on sale) and altered. I used parts of a cheap 'sherrif set', a supposedly broken nerf shotgun (which Dave fixed), left over bits of leather, red material and my daughters plush Scooby Doo, from a garage sale.  I bought the 'anime' short wig from ebay, for less than $20!

I Had Some Work to Do:
I made a skirt pattern and added a front and back inverted box pleat and sewed the skirt from left over red linen. I would have preferred to make it slightly more flared but was restricted by the amount of material left.
Belt: I made a plasticine  belt buckle blank, my hubby helped me with the pouring of the casting and I painted it.

I traced the plastic machete, cut out some left over leather, punched holes and whip stitched leather thonging through to make the scabbard. Left over leather was rivetted (thanks to my hubby for help, or my wrist would have collapsed!) to the bought leather belt, along with the plastic bullets and cartridges from the 'nerf' shotgun. The finished belt can be seen above.
I glued a plastic bone into the fake hand, for the zombie hand; I managed to find a nerf-like shotgun for less than $10 as it was supposed broken. My hubby managed to fix it and spray paint it in more appropriate colours. We used the cartridges on the belt also.  Below are the accessories.

On the Night:
We are some of the remaining founding members of Team Shuttle, along with 5-6 of the regulars, we attended the Australian Costumers' Guild annual Quiz night - one of our major fundraisers. We have an open theme for costumes - wear anything you like! Dave reprised an old costume - Baron Samedi  - Zombie Maker..(though I got to cover a hat blank - a flocked cardboard tophat) as the original one had died... It was over 13 years ago! .... and I got to wear my Velma: Zombie Slayer...

and Team Shuttle (though Other Dave was obviously invisible a the time)

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