Create your favorite superhero costume from scratch!
It’s Comic-con, and you want to dress up as a superhero that everyone adores?
But what’s this? You have no clue how to make that particular costume!
In that case, you’ve come to the right place!
This guide will teach you everything you need to know to create 5 amazing superhero costumes.
We’ll cover the techniques and fabrics you should use to build a superhero costume.
So, let’s get started!
1. Spiderman Costume Guide
At first, the Spiderman costume may seem like a lot of work, but if you have the right fabric and use the right techniques, you can slay the look!
Below we have discussed how to create the various parts of a Spiderman costume, including the bodysuit and the eyes, complete with detailing.
This is the look we’re aiming for:
Stitching the Bodysuit
First, we start off by creating a full bodysuit. For this, you’ll need a blue and red fabric, preferably something with a slight stretch and a little luster.
A Neoprene Techno Fabric in red and royal blue would give the perfect look and provide the right amount of elasticity to stretch.
You’ll need to cut the red and blue fabric depending on your measurements.
Here’s a video guide that you can follow for more information.
This guide shows fabric with lines, but as the fabric we’re using is plain, we will add lines separately. We’ll cover this in our detailing section.
Creating the Eyes
After completing the bodysuit, you can start to create the face mask. For this, we recommend using our sequin fabric as it is see-through.
The sequin fabric may be shiny, but a little bling never hurts anybody!
You can cut out the white portion of the eyes using this fabric and stitch it together with the bodysuit.
However, the eyes also have black outlining. You can use any solid black fabric to create this detail, but we suggest using our solid stretch spandex costume fabric in black, as you can easily give the outlines a curved look with this fabric.
Your suit is almost complete! You can now create Spiderman’s signature spider web design on his suit and also draw his logo.
Take your suit and start drawing lines on it using a permanent marker or paint and then make them more prominent using a 3D pen on top.
2. Wonder Woman Costume Guide
With the release of Wonder Woman 1984 at the end of 2020, the character became a symbol of power among DC fans, and soon people, especially females, started cosplaying it.
Wonder Woman’s costume is an Amazonian battle armor consisting of a red bodice, a golden eagle at the top hem, a blue skirt, and a golden belt. Then there’s a golden tiara with a red star and metal cuffs on her wrists. The long red leather boots complete the look. However, you can also throw in a lasso for perfection!
We are taking inspiration from the following cosplay idea:
So, how to make it?
The Bodice and Skirt
We need a glossy fabric for the bodice and the skirt that forms the perfect body shape, with nothing hanging loosely. We suggest using a metallic foil spandex fabric in red and blue for this look.
Eagle and Belt Detailing
For the eagle at the top of the bodice and the belt, you can use the same spandex fabric in golden, or you could go for some reflective vinyl fabric as a more stand-out option.
With the main bodysuit fabrics sorted, let’s get to the cuffs. The cuffs are metallic silver, so we need something shiny, like a glossy spandex fabric, because we need it to look like cuffs, but at the same time, we want it to stay in place.
For the tiara, you can use foam to make the shape, with an elastic band at the back to keep it in place. Stitch a red star made of holographic vinyl spandex fabric on the tiara to give it a final look.
Lasso of Truth
You can add Wonder Woman’s weapon for a more precise look. The lasso of truth is an extendable rope she uses as a whip, a zipline, etc. It can be created by using a regular nylon rope and painting it golden.
We’re sure you can easily get good quality red leather long boots from a local shoe shop.
And with that, our Wonder Woman cosplay look is complete!
3. Black Widow Costume Guide
If you’re an Avengers fan, we’re sure you would love to don a Black Widow costume! This costume is pretty basic compared to other superhero costumes, as it only comprises a black leather body suit with a pair of gloves, gauntlets, and a belt.
Again, the only way to get the exact look is by creating it using the right fabric. We’re aiming to create a costume that looks something like this:
To make Black Widow’s body suit, you don’t need a glossy fabric; something matted like neoprene bonded sponge fabric would do.
The Black Widow’s gloves are fingerless. So, you need to make them using a stretchy fabric, like jersey knit spandex, to put them on easily.
However, you can also get ready-made gloves similar to the ones worn by Black Widow.
Black Widow wears black gauntlets on her wrists and uses them as a weapon to shoot ropes and venom strings. You can make them using 3mm black craft foam. First, make the part that goes around the wrist, and then you can make the cylinders separately and glue them onto the wristband.
Belt and Holsters
The belt and holsters are made of leather; therefore, a vinyl faux fake leather fabric would be a good choice for making these accessories.
Complete the look by wearing black knee-high boots with straps and buckles.
4. Batman Costume Guide
Another character that everyone loves is Batman. Now a Batman costume comprises various color combinations. I mean, if you’re looking for the look from the old comic books, you need a blue, grey, and yellow costume. However, if you’re more of a Dark Knight fan, you can make the new all-black costume.
We’ll go with the all-black look from the Dark Knight trilogy, as that’s what’s trending nowadays.
The look we’re looking for goes something like this:
So, how to create this domineering Batman look?
Batman’s main bodysuit is not stretchable like other superhero costumes; rather, it has a more leathery texture and a matted look, with a prominent chest and abs. So, instead of stiff leather-like fabric, we can use some kind of spandex fabric to create the inner bodysuit and make the armor using cutouts from leathery or foam-like fabric.
For the inner suit, which also includes the lower half of the body, we will be working with Neoprene Techni Athletic Fabric in black.
This fabric has the right amount of stretch to make a fitting batsuit.
The armor needs intricate detailing, including the chest, ribs, and abs. To create a flawless look, we’ll use Solid Vegan Anti-Stain Soft Silicone Vinyl Fabric because it is 1.44mm thick and is made using solvent-free PU and silicone, with polyester backing.
To cut out the shape of the chest and abs armor, you can take help from this template. Now take measurements according to your body, and make cutouts. You can stitch the armor cutouts on top of the inner bodysuit to accentuate the details.
The Collar and Gauntlets
The collar and gauntlets can be made out of black foam or felt material. Here’s a template to help you cut out the precise shapes.
Once you have cut the required shapes, put them together using a glue gun. But don’t attach the collar and gauntlets to the batsuit! You can put them on at the end and use fabric glue to keep them in place.
You can make Batman’s cowl using felt material, as it’s thin, lightweight, and can easily be folded into the required shape. Plus, it only covers the eyes and part of the nose, so breathability won’t be an issue.
You simply have to cut out the shapes and glue them together to give the proper cowl shape. You can find the cutout instructions here, or you can watch this tutorial video for a better understanding:
Batman’s look is incomplete without his cape! To make the cape, you need a soft fabric that’s a little stretchy and has a slight sheen, like the Solid Stretch Spandex Costume Nylon Fabric in black.
The cape has a batwing-like shape at the bottom, which you can easily cut out using a pair of sharp scissors and sew the hems for a finishing touch.
Here’s an example of how the shape should be:
The final touch to the Batman costume is the utility belt. We suggest using a grainy leather fabric like Vinyl Amarillo Grain Fabric for making the belt.
Cut the leather fabric into a 1 ⅓ inch strip, and draw out the shape of the belt using a tracing pen. Now add carvings to the belt using a swivel knife. Use this image as a reference.
Using the same leather fabric, you can make the bill clip attached to Batman’s belt.
You can easily get a Batman-shaped buckle from any accessories store or online, which you can attach to the belt. Now, using golden spray paint, paint everything golden, and your Batman belt is ready!
We’ll go easy on the logo, as the costume requires a lot of work! We suggest using yellow and black felt to cut out the shape of the Batman logo and stitch it to the front of the Batsuit.
And that’s it! Your Batman cosplay costume is ready!
5. Supergirl Costume Guide
If you’re a DC fan, we’re sure you would love to dress up as Supergirl when going to a comic con!
A Supergirl costume has the same color combination as a Superman costume. And, instead of the bottoms of the skin suit, there’s a short skirt.
Making a Supergirl costume is by far the easiest to make as it does not have much detailing or armor. It’s just a top, skirt, and cape.
Here’s the look we’re aiming for:
So, if you’re dressing up as Supergirl, here’s everything you need to know about creating the perfect look.
The Top and Skirt
The first thing we’ll make is the top and skirt. For this, we recommend using a blue and red matted fabric with a slight stretch as it needs to be skin-fitted, like the Neoprene Techno Fabric.
It would give the perfect look and provide the right amount of elasticity for the ideal fit.
Now comes the belt that is worn right above the skirt. As the rest of the costume is quite matte, we can make the belt using the same Neoprene Techno Fabric in yellow.
The belt has a V shape, so you can cut the fabric according to that in a 1 ½ inch strip. As we want the belt to stay in place, you can stitch it to the hem of the top. But, if you have a belt that fits nicely, you can also wear it separately.
It all depends on how you carry it!
The boots are plain red, which you can get from any shoe store; however, you’ll have to add a little detailing to them to make them Super-boots!
The Supergirl boots have a yellowish golden V-shaped outlining at the top edge. You can use felt paper to cut out the shape of the boot outlines and glue them to the top of the boots.
Or, if you want to get more creative, you can use the Canvas Outdoor Anti-UV Waterproof Fabric in yellow.
You can either stitch it to the boots or glue it using fabric glue.
The logo adds a finishing touch to your Supergirl costume. To make the logo, get a printout of the Superman logo from here.
Now, trace the outline on red and yellow felt paper, and cut it out. Use a black permanent marker to make the logo’s outline. Glue or stitch it to the top.
And that’s how you create the perfect Supergirl costume!
Marvel and DC movies are everyone’s favorite nowadays, especially due to the back-to-back releases. And, we are sure this year, cosplays and Halloween costumes for these looks are going to be in trend.
Therefore, we have given you a detailed guide on how to make your favorite superhero costume, complete with the fabric for the bodysuits and other accessories. We hope it will come in handy, and you will be able to create a cosplay look people will talk about for months