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1  Weekend Wonder Woman in Halloween Costumes by MainaCate on: November 03, 2011 08:50:39 PM
I had decided back in August that I was going to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. At first it was just going to be a caped T-shirt I was going to purchase from my job, along with a blue jean skirt. But then, I thought I'd just make my own skirt, which led to dissatisfaction with the t-shirt idea, which led to making my whole dang costume from scratch. It was a lot of trial and error (and burning my tongue by accident while sewing the skirt), a lot of going to JoAnn's (Which earned me the Handmade Hero badge of 4square lol), and a lot LOT of thread.


This is what it looks like head to toe. Unfortunately, I worked all weekend, so this is the only "action shot" I have.


I didn't go for all 150+ stars that Lynda Carter had on her cape, but I did use darn near 50. This was made triangles cut of red, white, and blue sparkle satin, with each seam finished with a rolled seam. I sewed an elastic casing across the neck area of the cape, and then threaded about 4' of elastic through it. I sewed the ends together, and then put it on kind of like a backpack. (please ignore the goofy grin. )


The cape before stars.


This was a last minute addition: when I told my parents what I was dressing up as, my father immediately told me that I WAS NOT allowed to forget the golden lasso. I used about five inches of 1" wide grosgrain ribbon, with a zig zag stitch on the edges. I sewed sequins on with embroidery floss, with French Knots in the center of each. I had used stick-on velcro to stick the two ends together, so I could use my lasso holder to hold other items, such as my car keys and my keys for work. I sewed the back side of the ribbon to the skirt.


purchased some butt-ugly beige shoes from Goodwill for $3.00, and then sewed boot covers out of 4way stretch satin. This is just after cutting out the pattern. I basically used cxcaitlyn's tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363668.0, and then modded it to fit my own purposes. I then painted the white stripes on them using Tuilp's Puffy Paint in white.


See, I told you they were ugly.

Okay, so I couldn't find any fabric that suited me for the skirt, so I painted my own. I cut the stars out of freezer paper, and then ironed the paper to the fabric to make a stencil. I painted it with acrylic paint mixed with fabric medium. When I had enough stars done, I used a basic circle skirt pattern with an elastic waistband. The waistband casing was made of some dark gold satin I scored at Goodwill for $0.50. (WIN!)


The top was annoying. I was going to use a corset that laced up the front, and just replace the red ribbon with gold. Perfect plan, right? Wrong. Turns out I have too much up top to be able to comfortably wear the corset in public. So, after a few days of thought, I decided I would use the rest of my awesomely scored gold satin and some Heat'n'Bond and iron on the golden eagle. I tried, and failed. There was no movement after it was ironed on. sad. fortunately, I was able to rip it off the tanktop without too much harm.


So, I decided to trace this onto the shirt, and then paint it. I outlined in red fabric paint, then used Tulip Metallic paint in Gold, and added highlights and lowlights with bronze fabric paint, and Jacquard Lumiere's Pink/gold paint.


Well, I think that's about it! Thank you all for looking!!
~Mary
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