20/07/2015

DIY Costume - The Comic Book

I have a love/hate relationship with costumes. I love them, but they cost so much, and everyone ends up looking exactly the same. Not ideal when you have a love of crafts and standing out. A couple of weeks ago, Tommie and I got invited to a costume party, exactly a week before my friends wedding. With that in mind, I had to find the cheapest costume in the world. 
With a superhero theme for the night, I racked my brain for ideas. Ever since I was young, I've loved dressing up, and making my own or customising costumes. I searched Pinterest for homemade costume ideas, before realising that all of the female superhero/villians wore short, skintight costumes. No thank you!
But what to all these characters have in common? Yep, they are all in comic books. And there was my costume right there. I was going to go as a comic book, in some shape or form. Keeping costs to a minimum, I decided to wear a little black dress that I've had in the wardrobe for years, and to focus on accessories.

I decoupaged an old pair of shoes, with some PVA glue from my craft stash and a roll of Marvel wrapping paper for €1.50 in Penneys (Primark). I had started by cutting all the figures out individually, before getting frustrated and hacking up basic squares after a couple of minutes. Three coats, with a generous dollop of PVA between each layer to keep everything together, and a quick run around the edges with an Xacto knife once dry, and they were done.
The headband was slightly more time consuming. Having seen similar ones on Etsy, I reckoned it would be easier to make my own. A cheap hairband, again €1.50 from Penneys, and a bundle of felt I had knocking around were all that was needed. I freehanded the pattern on to some paper, before cutting it all out and pinning it to the corresponding felt. A quick stitch, and cursing my lack of sewing skillz, it came together quite quickly.
Unfortunately, just as I was putting the finishing touches to my costume by deciding whether I needed a matching bag or not, we were told the costume aspect of the party was being scrapped. Guess who gets to have a superhero themed birthday next month? Only the luckiest soon-to-be three year old ever!
 

8 comments:

  1. What an awesome idea. Too bad the theme idea was scrapped. At least you still have some cool comic themed items. :)
    I love your blog. New follow through GFC!

    Paint It Rogue

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I'm so late to replying to all of these, can't wait to check out your blog in the morning!

      xo

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  2. Love love love the shoes!! :)

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    1. Thanks Louise! I was pretty proud of my work, if I do say so myself!

      xo

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  3. Coolest. Shoes. Ever!!! I love the idea of going as a comic book - inspired! Xo

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    1. Thanks gurrrrl! It was mainly so I didn't have to buy a skintight costume I'd feel really uncomfortable in haha!

      xo

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