I am a huge Green Lantern fan, specifically of Guy Gardner, who is this awesome guy (heh, guy) right here:
And I wanted to do a half-tribute to his costume, bringing in some of the elements while also making a costume that would be comfortable and fun to wear to a party. I ended up deciding on a micro-mini dress because I figured I could throw leggings on if needed and they'd look similar to Guy's trousers. I also stenciled the back of a jacket I had lying around to bring a little more of Guy's personality to the whole shebang. Let's go to the action shots:
The dress was crocheted, working from the bottom up using only single crochet. It was worked in the round with the white yarn switched in as needed to create the borders for placements of the circular motifs to create a version of the Green Lantern symbol:
Motifs were created separately as follows:
- Small motifs (at the top and bottom of the dress) were created by chaining six, joining, and then working a round of double crochet stitches.
- Large motif (at the belt) was created by chaining 12, joining, working a round of double crochet stitches, then turning and working a round of half-double crochet.
Motifs were then hand-sewn into place with the same white yarn, which had a bit of sparkle in it because Green Lanterns generally glow when their rings are active, and that was enough reason for me to buy sparkly yarn.
Dress shoulders were made as pointy as possible to create a sort of fun, retro-future vibe that fits with the whole idea of Green Lanterns as space cops running around the galaxy. I got the lift on the shoulders by single crocheting the front and back armholes together and then going over it with the white yarn. That white bit at the neck and shoulders is all one piece, worked in the round.
The jacket itself was not made by me. It's a cheap thing I picked up on clearance and has been sitting in the back of my closet because the lining is shredded and the seams are starting to go.
So, perfect jacket to possibly ruin for a costume.
The "Jordan" being told off on the back of this jacket is Hal Jordan, the first Green Lantern of Earth, towards whom Guy still holds a grudge because he could have been first Green Lantern. It's a friendly rivalry for the most part, but Guy is not the classiest.
I started by laying down a very thin layer of paint as sloppily as possible so the jacket would have a sort of punkish vibe that matches Guy's personality. Then, I cut out letters in cardboard to make stencils, then I placed them on the back of jacket like so:
and painted over them using cheap acrylic paint. The jacket ended up being a bigger pain than the whole dress as I had too much paint on my brush a few times, so paint got under the letters. I fixed this by cleaning up the spare paint with q-tips, and then once everything dried, I colored in the letters with black marker.
The costume was a big hit, and I think I'm going to pop off the motifs and make Christmas light motifs to line on the white "cord" come the holidays. All together, the whole project probably took about 30 hours, the massive majority of that being the amount of crochet required to get the dress made. Thank goodness for Netflix and binge watching TV.