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Superhero Costume Class


8 Lessons

2,601 Enrolled

Beginner Level

Have you always wanted the power to transform yourself at will? At our secret Instructables base, we've developed a classified program that will mutate you from an ordinary human into a super-powered costume maker! We think you have what it takes to be our test subject, and all you have to do is enroll here to begin your evolution to the next stage of humanity. Are you in?

In this class you'll imagine and design your own character and then create a costume for your new identity! I'll teach you how to design, fit, and sew your very own spandex supersuit on a home sewing machine. Then we'll learn techniques for working with EVA foam and Worbla, two fantastic costume making materials that will let you create unbelievable accessories to complete your secret identity.

Whether you're dressing as a superhero or some other character this Halloween, the techniques and materials covered in this class will be a great addition to your costume design utility belt.

Class Author:MikaelaHolmes

Mikaela is a F.I.T. trained costume and experimental fashion designer, who has done her best to make playing dress-up into a career. She has trained in both the costume and fashion design industries, and works with all kinds of materials and techniques including sewing, leatherwork, LEDs, fiber optics, painting, sculpture, laser cutting and 3D printing. She spends most of her time figuring out how to fuse traditional garment design and construction with simple wearable tech to create clothing and accessories that turn her into a time traveling cyborg superhero!

She is a former Artist in Residence at the Autodesk Pier 9 workshop, and currently an in-house content creator for the Instructables Design Studio.


Lesson 1: Origin Story

In this lesson you'll be introduced to the techniques and materials we'll be using in this class. We'll talk a little about what makes a superhero, then you'll create your character, and design an awesome outfit to bring it to life.

Lesson 2: Superhero Tools and Materials

Here you'll find links to all the tools and supplies we'll be using in this class, as well as some brief discussions of how to use each tool and work with each material. Everything you need to get started!

Lesson 3: Designing a Supersuit

Choose a pattern for a spandex bodysuit and customize it to match your supersuit design. Learn how to understand a pattern, fit your suit to your body and make basic pattern alterations.

Lesson 4: Constructing a Supersuit

Construct your supersuit using the custom pattern you've designed. Learn tricks for sewing spandex on a home machine and techniques for finishing your supersuit like a pro.

Lesson 5: Introduction to EVA Foam

Learn basic strategies for working with EVA foam to design and build awesome lightweight costume pieces. Pattern and construct your own shoulder armor or other super accessory.

Lesson 6: Introduction to Worbla

Discover the amazing possibilities of this easy to use thermoplastic costume material. Learn basic techniques for patterning, shaping and construction and use them to build a headpiece or other accessory for your costume.

Lesson 7: Painting and Finishing

Bring your Worbla and EVA foam accessories to life with color. Learn the best ways to properly finish each material, and how to apply paint to achieve different effects.

Lesson 8: Costume Elements... Assemble!

Bring all your costume pieces together to create your character! Add attachments to your accessories, learn about creating simple capes, and discover great projects that will take your costume design skills even further.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!