Photo of my Ame-Comi Harley Quinn Holiday Matsuri December 2017 in Orlando, Florida. Photo credits to Tiger Shot Productions (Check JT out, he’s awesome.)
3 yards of Green Metallic Spandex: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KXESEO2/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
3 yards of Red Metallic Spandex: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008BKEYVC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Anti-Slip Vinyl Non slip Fabric: https://www.amazon.com/AntiSlip-fabric-rubber-Rubber-Treated/dp/B06XY21GLZ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1515981568&sr=8-1&keywords=black+non-slip+fabric
Heavyweight Fusible Interfacing: https://www.amazon.com/Fabriflair-Medium-1-Sided-Fusible-Interfacing/dp/B076JQZB81/ref=sr_1_23?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1514975882&sr=1-23&keywords=medium+weight+fusible+interfacing
Heat N’ Bond: https://www.amazon.com/Thermoweb-Heatn-Ultra-Iron-Adhesive-17/dp/B000Y0083K/ref=sr_1_2?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1514975942&sr=1-2&keywords=heat+n+bond
6 Joker Bobble Heads: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B017J7AUXS/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- Matching green, red, gold and white thread.
- Shipping tape
- 1.5 mm Craft foam
- Gold Mini Christmas Ornaments
- White Ribbon 2 inches thick
- Red, Green, and Gold metallic paint.
- Old flat shoes I don’t care for anymore.
- Sewing machine
- Fabric Scissors
- Non-Fabric Scissors
- Seam Ripper
- Yard stick
- Fabric markers (I used metallic sharpies matching the fabric)
- Popsicle sticks
- Ventilation mask
- Safety Goggles
- Mehron Clown White
- Dark Green Metallic Lipstick (Manic Panic is what I used in envy green)
- Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshado- Pearlescent Mermaid Green
- Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshado- Iridescent Mahogany
- Red colored contact
- Green colored contact
- Fake colored eyelashes
- Black Eyeliner
- Grey eyeshadow for blush contour on a white face.
- Highlighter, can use a bright white glittery eyeshadow
Let’s break this cosplay down in parts:
- Patterning Bodysuit
- Butt Decal
- Patterning Bodysuit
- Patterning Shoes
- Christmas Ornaments
- Inserting old shoes
- Gloves and cuffs
- Patterning Gloves
- Simple Ribbon Cuffs
- Patterning Head
- Making “Jester Ears”
- Attaching Ears to head cap
- Front Mask
- Back Mask
- Neck Collar
- Using 1.5 mm Craft Foam
- Arm and Leg Socks
- Checkers… The ULTIMATE SEWING DEVIL……..
Part 1: Patterning the bodysuit. I find for beginners making bodysuits, the easiest way is to buy a bodysuit that fits your measurements and seam rip it apart to meet your needs. Buying a premade suit, then tailoring it to your needs, will help in a long way to make things faster, and you can reuse it multiple times in the future. The body suit is pretty simple in comparison to many others.
Side note: But if you want to make things a little more complex ( I recommend for the more advance seamstress) to check out Yaya Han’s bodysuit patterns. This pattern is pretty flexible and can be modified to make some more distinct creations: http://yayahan.bigcartel.com/product/yaya-han-s-ultimate-bodysuit-pattern/
Another even faster way to do this is to buy a pre-made metallic red and green bodysuit. You do have to be careful when going this route, because you may purchase a bodysuit and then your 4way stretch metallic spandex may be a different share of red or green. And if you make mistakes there isn’t any extra fabric to fix it. You’ll butcher them and then resew them together.
What you’ll end up doing is mimicking the designs distinct cut. Technically, Harley’s Ame-Comi design is a bodysuit with a corset top to hug the chest. Since I’m working with metallic spandex, it’s not the greatest in this aspect. I went ahead and modified mine to include shoulder straps because, being a “bustier gal,” I feel I have a little more coverage and my suit holds up better than a strapless design. Also, if I wanted to do a corset style, I would have had to add eyelets in the back. BUT! You cannot add eyelets to stretch fabric, they will just pop out with the stretchy fabric. A way to get around this is to sew in some stiff interfacing where you want to have the eyelets inside the metallic bodysuit, and then create the eyelets. Just note however, this should probably be done on 4 way stretch fabric. 2-way is a little less flexible. And know that that part of the suit will not stretch, making it a little awkward as the fabric pulls from the interfacing parts.
Harley has a distinct pattern on her front and back of her bodysuit. I did my best to replicate it on my old bodysuit. Once the mock up was done I repeated it on my green and red stretch metallic fabric. I gave an additional inch to all of my fabric on the edges for seam allowance. For “pinning” I recommend avoiding pins, but use small binder clips instead. Once “binded,” I left all of my seams unfinished and sewed the suit together with a straight triple stitch.
Sidenote: When sewing vinyl! You want to give yourself extra seam allowance because once you sew the fabric together, there is no taking it apart. just taking it further in. If you take it in too much, you’ll have little holes showing on the vinyl as a result, and have to restart, or accept your cosplay has holes in it. -_-
I turned the suit inside out and put it on. At this point, I took my metallic markers and marked where I needed to take the suit in. This part can be tricky, so if you are new I recommend having someone to help you with this part. Then take the suit in and try it on again the right way and inside out. If you need to take it in more, do so. I rather take a vinyl suit in multiple times, then ruin it by taking it in too much on the first go.
To be continued… Last update 1/15/18