I thought this would be pretty simple: some wardrobe components and some easy hair work and I was there.
Step 1: the hair
I needed something really light orange and almost yellow:
I used a $3 "Ultra Blonde Highlights" pack, and was pretty pleased with the results:
During (this stuff made my scalp tingle, but didn't really sting, even around the eyebrows):
I was really happy with the shade, it was exactly what I wanted. Plus, note that my receding hairline matches that of my character.
Step 2: the clothes
I was really surprised how long it took me to find a sweater in the right shade of blue. I had to settle for one that had vertical stripes. I figured a white polo shirt underneath would be fine for the collar.
The knickers were a slightly different story ... I knew I'd need to make them myself, so I picked up an inexpensive pair of baggy flat-front chinos.
I already knew what shoes I wanted to wear:
I couldn't find the white tights that I know I have somewhere, so I had to buy some white nylon hose instead. For future reference, I am size "E."
I also found a pretty cool tweed courier bag, although Tintin doesn't often carry one:
And, of course, Snowy.
So ... the knickers were probably the toughest part of the costume. To begin with, the scope of my sewing skills is limited to replacing a button on a shirt, and even then, I usually manage to draw blood. So I knew that hemming a pair of pants was out of the question.
Also, Tintin's knickers are really baggy; they balloon away from his leg at the bottom rather than hang loosely. Of course, he's got teeny little matchstick legs and mine are more like tree trunks, but I wanted to acheive the same effect, as much as I could. So I figured that tucking the extra fabric inside the pant legs, and cinching each pant leg against my leg at the desired length, might work.
To make the knickers, I first cut off about 4" of each leg, and made a cut up the leg to about 2" below the length I wanted.
I folded the excess up inside each leg and marked the fabric, inside each leg, at the fold.
Using a pair of elastic knee pads, I turned the knickers inside out and pulled the bottom of each leg through a knee pad so the bottom of each knee pad was even with the fold.
To put them on, I had to stick each foot up the bottom of the leg, pull the knee pad into position, and then pull the knickers up like pants:
Yes, I'm wearing boxers over the hose, to cover a huge hole. I just about ripped the things apart in in the struggle to put them on, to L's great amusement.
Well, my theory was sound. They were baggy, but the bagginess is obviated to a great extent by the tree trunk factor. Ah well.
Step 3: the makeup
This was quick: foundation and a little blush, to match Tintin's rosy cheeks.
As for the hair ... well, as some have observed, I really don't have enough to perfectly re-create Tintin's wacked-out pompadour wave, but ya work with what ya got:
For fleeting moment, I feared my costume might be mistaken for someone else ...
Step 4: the final product
I don't know why I hate this picture so much. Perhaps it's because I wasn't smiling. Or that my eyebrows are so light that they're invisible. Or that I look like a robot that's about to VAPORIZE YOU WITH MY EYE LASERS AND EAT YOU. Anyway, here I am:
To be honest, I was disappointed by this year's efforts. I had the idea, and I'd thought it all out pretty much in advance of putting it together, but I really don't think I looked good in the costume.
For example, Tintin is a skinny, short little dude, and I'm 6'0" and weigh just about a deuce. Also, I think the clothing distracted from the costume, rather than contributed to it. And I should have remembered, from theatre days, that I can't pull off knickers too well. :)
I had fun creating it, though. Not as much fun as last year's Van Gogh costume, but not as much stress either. However, almost no one at the two parties we attended had any idea who I was; several guessed that I was a golfer. L had suggested bringing a Tintin book along in my bag to show people in case they didn't know, which I did.
And speaking of L, her idea for a butterfly costume went a little bit more difficult than we expected, so she decided to be an old lady with a walker (and crash helmet).
She had all kinds of props, including a huge package of Depends in her bag.
EDIT: She just gave me permission to post this pic of her flashing her Depends:
Next year she wants to be the Bee Girl from the Blind Melon "No Rain" video. As for me, I'm open to suggestions.