On the season 5 premiere of True Blood, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) tossed her usual bold colors and skimpy skirts to slip into something a little more comfortable — a buttery yellow sweatsuit adorned with kittens, butterflies and pretty flowers. In other words, things you would never associate with Pam. Halloween may be more than four months away, but we just found our costume.
“I am wearing a Wal-Mart sweatsuit for y’all. If that’s not a demonstration of team spirit, I don’t know what is,” she told Sookie (Anna Paquin), who lent her the outfit. In fact, the sweatsuit isn’t from Wal-Mart (aren’t you glad we saved you from rummaging through the racks?).
We checked in with True Blood costume designer Audrey Fisher, who told EW via e-mail that she found the top half of the ensemble online (it’s no longer available on the site but this version comes pretty close) and then altered “the heck out of it to fit Kristin.” Fisher also said she shortened the sleeves so they seemed a little too small, though she certainly didn’t do it to make the piece look slapstick. “That costume is funny enough on its own,” says Fisher.
As for the pants, Fisher said she found a well-fitting pair at American Apparel and dyed them to match the top half. But the work didn’t stop there. Since the scene in question involved plenty of dirt (and a stunt double), she also had to create six sets of the same ensemble. As Fisher puts it, “It takes a lot of effort, it turns out, to re-create the Wal-Mart sweatshirt look.”