Coolest Handmade Wonder Woman Costume

I’ve always wanted to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. I told myself if I could get to my goal weight which would mean loosing 80lbs, I could be Wonder Woman! It took me over a year to loose the weight but soon as I did I began my quest for a Wonder Woman costume that would be acceptable to me as I am very picky. Most of the costumes that were higher quality were close to $300 but even those failed to satisfy me. In fact the only one I found available on the market that made me drool was $4,500 and was a perfect replica. Well that was just out of the question for me so I decided if I could loose 80lbs I could certainly make a costume.

I spent hours in various fabric stores looking for perfect materials. I started with the bottoms. I purchased bathing suit quality Lycra fabric in in a royal/cobalt blue to make the bottoms with. Then I purchased white star appliques in 1 and 1.5 inch sizes, though I couldn’t iron them onto the Lycra because it may burn the fabric. I sewed every star on by hand. When they were finished, I was amazed at how well they turned out and I was motivated to start on the top.

I sewed red satin over a sturdy bra so the top would have built in cups. Then came the hard part, the eagle on the chest. I hand drew the eagle many many times before I got the design just perfect for my chest size. I bought a roll of shelf liner vinyl, spray painted it metallic gold and cut out all my pieces of the eagle. I then used bugle beads and beaded all the pieces of the eagle before I put it together and sewed it to the top. This took me nearly 20 hours to sew every bead in place!

I made the belt, tiara, and cuffs out of the same painted vinyl. The belt and cuffs have Velcro for their closures and the tiara has elastic. I glued the gold lace trim border to the tiara and cuffs along with the red stars and red jewels. On the belt I used gold edging to give it a more finished look. I added a button and a elastic loop to the belt to hope the magic lasso.

To make the cape, which was very time consuming but fairly easy, I started by taping a bunch of old newspapers together on the floor to make a pattern.  Since the cape is so large I just drew out half of the cape which was one fourth of a huge circle.  I made my “one fourth pie slice shape to be 62 inches from inner point (neck area) to edge point ( end of cape).  Half of the cape is all red so that half was very easy!  The other half consists of 9 different sections, 4 blue, 4 white and 1 red.   Judging from pictures of the wonder woman cape, I had to guess at the proportions of the colors.  I folded my one fourth circle pattern in half (to make 1/8) circle wedge and placed it over the blue fabric and cut out the wedge, which would be then cut in 4 pieces.  I decided to first use a cloth measuring tape to divide the blue wedge into 3 equal sections, and cut them out and then took one of those and cut it in half leaving me with two large and two small blue wedges.

I then put the 1/8 wedge pattern  over the white cloth and cut it out.  I took one of the large blue wedges and cut out one large white wedge and then I divided the remaining white into three equal sections using a cloth measuring tape, giving me 4 white wedges total.

For the red wedge, i just took one of the three smaller white wedges and copied it.  I got some of that very strong iron on bonding stuff, (like stitch witchery), and put all the pieces together very carefully.

I then had to make my neckline in the cape, I used a 12 inch dinner plate to draw out a perfect circle and folded that in half giving me half circle and pinned it in the center to cut out the neck line leaving me with a 56 inche from neck to floor cape length.  I used gold edging to hem the neckline leaving about a foot extra on each end to have tie strings.

I bought iron red, blue and white stars and added them to the cape and it turned out beautiful!  I used 3 yards of red satin and 1.5 yards of blue and 1.5 yards of white to make this cape, I have about 30 stars on the cape which I will probably add more later on but it only cost me about $30 to make and definitely was a nice finish to the costume.

I also upgraded my boots this year to a style with a white stripe ( pleaser fantasma brand ).   Now my wonder woman costume is complete and I adore it!  I hope you all find this helpful if you wish to make your own wonder woman costume/cape.  I have seen the capes like this go for hundreds of dollars and you can easily make this yourself with a little creativity and patience!

I ended up having about 50 hours of work in this costume but it turned out just awesome, at least I think so. Total cost was about $70. (excluding the boots which I purchased).  I won two different costume contests the weekend I wore it!

I've always wanted to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. I told myself if I could get to my goal weight which would mean loosing 80lbs, I could be Won

I've always wanted to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. I told myself if I could get to my goal weight which would mean loosing 80lbs, I could be Won

I've always wanted to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. I told myself if I could get to my goal weight which would mean loosing 80lbs, I could be Won

I've always wanted to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. I told myself if I could get to my goal weight which would mean loosing 80lbs, I could be Won

I've always wanted to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. I told myself if I could get to my goal weight which would mean loosing 80lbs, I could be Won

I've always wanted to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. I told myself if I could get to my goal weight which would mean loosing 80lbs, I could be Won

I've always wanted to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. I told myself if I could get to my goal weight which would mean loosing 80lbs, I could be Won

I've always wanted to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. I told myself if I could get to my goal weight which would mean loosing 80lbs, I could be Won

I've always wanted to be Wonder Woman for Halloween. I told myself if I could get to my goal weight which would mean loosing 80lbs, I could be Won

15 thoughts on “Coolest Handmade Wonder Woman Costume”

  1. This is by far the best costume.  The amount work put in to making it shows amazing amounts of dedication!

  2. I know you worked sooo hard in this costume and you were sooo meticulous in making sure every detail was exact. It is the most AWESOME costume I have ever seen — store bought or handmade!!!!

  3. I know you worked sooo hard in this costume and you were sooo meticulous in making sure every detail was exact. It is the most AWESOME costume I have ever seen — store bought or handmade!!!!

  4. It looks incredible!  Look at the details, they look exactly like the orginal wonder woman costume!  AWESOME JOB! 

  5. It looks incredible!  Look at the details, they look exactly like the orginal wonder woman costume!  AWESOME JOB! 

  6. wow the attention to the eagle especially is amazing! and I never would’ve thought of using shelf liner vinyl! I’m rethinking how I’m going to make mine now. Bravo!

  7. wow the attention to the eagle especially is amazing! and I never would’ve thought of using shelf liner vinyl! I’m rethinking how I’m going to make mine now. Bravo!

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