I tend to take Halloween very seriously.
In here you'll find how to make the costume and do the makeup. I encourage you all to take the time and read through the entire Instructable before beginning, just so you know what it is you're getting into. There is sewing involved, and I'm going to go ahead and write this as if you've all done some sewing before but PLEASE if you haven't done any sewing or aren't sure of something, ask! I'll do my best to help you out. In total, I spent about 11 hours on the costume, but I did have some issues that I'll explain later, so if you're familiar with a sewing machine and how to put a pattern together it shouldn't take you nearly as long.
The costume bits start on the next step, and the makeup starts on step 8.
Last, but certainly not least, if you've found this Instructable useful in your Halloween pursuits, or just liked it at all really, please take a moment and vote for it in the Halloween Easy Costumes Contest! I would appreciate it very much!
Now, on to making yourself the Joker's Hench-Wench, er, girlfriend.
Step 1: Supplies
What you'll need to make the vest:
-Simplicity pattern # 3618
-1yd of red fabric (I used suede because it was on clearance and the right color)
-Red and black thread
-4 rectangular rings (I used brushed nickle, found in the purse hardware section at Jo-Ann fabric)
-6 purse feet (same as above)
-10 grommets & tool
-Black Quilt Binding (in the section with bias tape)
-Sewing machine and associated accessories, tools, ect.
-Iron / Ironing surface
Not Vest Costume Bits:
-Black skinny jeans (Got the shiny sort of leather look ones that are popular now, and I thought they worked wonderfully)
-Black belt with large, silver buckle
-Red shoes / boots
-Some sort of red or black gloves
Step 2: Starting to Make the Vest
So, we're going to make some alterations to this pattern. Instead of having it lace closed in the front, we're going to put a separating zipper in the back and let the lacing be purely decorative. It saves time and hassle when trying to get in and out of it, and from a costuming perspective, looks a little neater as the ribbon doesn't have as much of a tendency to get twisted that way. I also didn't line the vest, as it is a costume piece I was trying to make on the cheap and quickly, although the pattern gives instructions to line it. If you want to, by all means, go for it.
You need pattern pieces 6, 7, 8, and 9. Cut those out and if there are any alterations you know you need to make, go ahead and do that. I did, which is why after the first picture the original pattern pieces are replaced with kraft paper ones. I have a long torso, and the vest was rather short, so I added a bit of length to it as well as:
Add 5/8in to the center back.
You need this so you can add the zipper in later.
Pin down your pattern and cut it out, two of each, as usual. Cut the center back even though it says to place it on the fold. Again, a zipper will be going there.
Step 3: Put the Vest Together
-Sew the two center front pieces together.
-Leave the two center back pieces apart.
Make sure you finish you seams if the fabric you are working with frays! Otherwise all your hard work will fall apart. Luckily, this suede didn't fray at all.
You should end up with a completed vest shape with the back open.
Step 4: Put in the Zipper
Try on the vest, and adjust for fit if necessary. I had to take mine in and adjust it quite a lot.
Then go ahead and finish all the edges, folding them over 5/8in, pressing them, and then stitching them down. (If you are lining the vest, now would be the time to do it instead of just finishing all those raw edges.)
Step 5: Add Lacing
To mark the holes for the grommets, I measured 1.5 in on either side of the center seam, and made an 8 in long line. Starting at the top of that line I marked every 2 in as a place to put a grommet. Then, put the grommets in where you marked them to be. Go ahead and lace it up with that black ribbon.
Hey! It's starting to look like something!
Step 6: Add Buckle-y Things!
Take that quilt binding and cut yourself four 2.5 in long pieces and four (your number - 1) in long pieces.
For the short side, fold one edge over 1/2 in, and stitch it down. Wrap the unfinished edge around your ring and meet the other edge. Stitch down.
For the long side fold one edge over 1/2 in and stitch down. Fold the other edge around the ring and stitch it down. Now you have your buckle-y things.
You're going to have to find where, exactly, they sit best on you as it will be a little different for every girl. Mine sat right between the first and second grommet, and second and third grommet. They should reach from where you started your measurement to nearly the edge of the zipper. Pin them in place, make sure it looks okay, and then stitch them down.
Step 7: A Few More Embellishments
Also, in-game Harley has a diamond pattern on her pants. From a scrap of the red fabric the vest was made from, cut four diamonds and baste them onto your pants just below the pocket, as pictured. This way, they can be easily taken off again and the pants can be worn for non-costume purposes.
Step 8: Makeup Things!
-White Cream Makeup
-Translucent Setting Powder
-Eye shadow in shades of black and gray and purple
-Black liquid and pencil eyeliner
Brushes I Used:
-Cheap Powder Brush
-Better Powder Brush
-Dual Eye Shadow Brush
Step 9: Start Clean Then Add White
Then just paint this mix on with the foundation brush, and get it as even as you can. Make sure to go all the way to your hairline and under your chin. Use your fingers and that better powder brush to smooth it out more and don't be afraid to add paint where you notice you need it. When using the powder brush go in circular motions. See the pictures for a better description Try and avoid getting it in your eyes. It burns a bit and makes your eyes all red. Also, avoid getting it on your lips if you can. It doesn't taste particularly good either.
Then press on the translucent powder with the puff. This is likely to be messy. The stuff tends to go everywhere. Brush off the excess powder with a powder brush and you're all set.
Step 10: Eyes!
Step 11: Lips and Cheeks!
Add red lipstick or stain. Whichever you prefer. I happen to prefer stain.
Step 12: And You're Done!
Hopefully, there will be more in-costume pictures as this weekend progresses. Lots of Halloween type things got pushed back due to Sandy. Good thoughts to those who got hit harder than we did.
That's it! Thanks for reading. If you enjoyed, please take a moment and click the vote button for me and rate if you don't mind. See you next time!