Batman is unquestionably one of the most popular superheroes
of all time and every Halloween, there are lots of people who want to dress up
as the mysterious, masked crusader. Although you may never get to include his
awesome gadgets as part of your getup, you can at least get the costume itself exactly
You can choose to dress like the original Batman from the
60s or come as the sleek, modern Batman from the recent films. If the latter
seems expensive and more time-consuming for you to make, then you can go for
the classic Batman version and just modernize it a bit.
Things you will need:
- A body suit or unitard, either
in black or grey
- Black stocking cap,
headband, cardboard for the mask/hood
- Black cloth for the cape
- Yellow fabric for belt
- Swim trunks or briefs in
black or blue
- Black gloves and black
boots, preferably leather
- Ready-made Batman logo
Step 1: First you must create Batman's body suit.
Your best bet is to get a grey body suit so you can slip in on as base and simply
add the other clothes/accessories over it. You can try the unitards worn by
ballet dancers. If you happen to own a sleek grey body suit, better. Another
option is a long-sleeved, tight-fitting shirt and leggings.
Step 2: Since
there are many stores selling the Batman logo, it's easier to just buy one and
have it sewn on the chest part of the body suit. Another option is to paint the
logo over your body suit.
Step 3: The body
suit should be paired with a pair of briefs or swim trunks which you will wear
over the suit. If your body suit is
grey, then your boxers and shoes should be either blue or black, and they
should be of the same color.
Step 4: The belt
is where Batman attaches his gadgets on. The easiest way to make a belt is to
get a strip of wide yellow fabric and wrap it neatly around your waist. You can
also look for yellow belts at thrift stores and garage sales. Another great
alternative is to buy a yellow utility belt that has pouches sewn to them.
These pouches can hold the little gadgets that you may decide to bring.
Step 5: The
headpiece is what makes Batman interesting and mysterious. You can get a
stocking cap to use as base, and then you can draw the bat ears on cardboard
which you can cut, paste and attach to the cap. You can attach the bat ears to
a slim, thin headband to make sure that the ears will stay up.
Cut two holes on top of the stocking cap. Wear the headband
with the bat ears then wear the stocking cap over it, inserting the bat ears
through the two holes. Make sure that the
headgear will cover most of your head and face, including the nose.
Step 6: The
Batman costume would not be complete without the big, imposing cape. If you
find rented capes too expensive, you can take an old black fabric and use your
sewing machine to create a cape, complete with batwing patterns on the edges. Or take an old cape you already used in
previous costume parties and just create the batwing design on the edges.
Step 7: Complete
the look by wearing black leather gloves and black knee-high boots.
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