How I Made Past Halloween Costumes—Part 2: Batgirl

It’s my favorite time of year—time to start getting ready for Halloween! I wrote posts last year about how to create a pumpkin, Batman, Superman, and M&M costume, and I

Poison Ivy, Two Face, Robin, Batman, Catwoman, Batgirl

Poison Ivy, Two Face, Robin, Batman, Catwoman, Batgirl

thought I’d write about some of the costumes I’ve made in the past.

Batgirl

I needed a Batgirl costume as part of a group of friends who were all going as Batman characters, but I didn’t have a ton of money to spend on it, or a lot of time.  I did, however, have a lot imagination!  First, I looked through my closet to see what I could use.  I found a black long-sleeved dance leotard, black tights, and some short black workout shorts.  Batgirl also needs a mask with ears, a cape, a belt, boots, and gloves.

You’d be amazed what you can make with felt! I made a belt and arm bands with yellow felt.  I had a friend help me make some felt boot covers.

boot cover

Leave the bottoms open so you don’t slip on the felt

All you have to do for those is cut out a shape that roughly boot-shaped and big enough for your foot.  Sew up the back and the front, but leave the top and bottom open.  I attached some elastic to the bottom to hold them in place, kind of like stirrup pants.

I used yellow kitchen gloves, and had a friend help me sew a bat emblem on my chest.  Because my chest stretched the leotard a bit, I wanted to be in the leotard when I attached the emblem.  Otherwise, the fabric would pull strangely and not look right.

Finally, I made a black mask much like the one for my Batman costume, and borrowed a friend’s black swimming cap (optional).  I made the same kind of cape as the Batman costume, only I made this one blue instead of black.

I have totally believable crime-fighting skills!

I have totally believable crime-fighting skills!

What’s next?

I’ve already published the first part of this 3-part post, and next I’ll write about how I made another member of a group costume–Toad from Mario Brothers.

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  1. Pingback: How I Made Past Halloween Costumes—Part 3: Toad (from Mario Bros) | Bobbles and Baubles

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