Hello Everyone! Welcome to this Instructable, where I'm going to show you my take on Harley Quinn from Batman: Arkham City.  This came about because I mentioned, rather offhandedly, to my best friend that she should  dress as Poison Ivy for Halloween because she'd recently died her hair redder than it already was. Somehow, this conversation ended up with me agreeing to be Harley Quinn for Halloween. 

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

So, going into this costume I was determined not to make anything. I was going to scavenge bits and pieces from various retail establishments, embellish if I had to, and go from there. Well, after some thorough searching I couldn't find a vest / corset type thing that looked right and that was reasonably priced. So, the vest is made from scratch while the rest of the costume was bought and pieced together.

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)
-black ribbon
-10 grommets & tool
-separating zipper
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-Black Quilt Binding (in the section with bias tape)
-Sewing machine and associated accessories, tools, ect.
-Iron / Ironing surface
-Straight Pins

Not Vest Costume Bits:
-Black tank-top
-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
-Black choker

Is it possible to make without a sewing machine.
<p>What size did you make ur vest? Which did you make, or are all of the vests the same? What was the quilted binding for? and did you use a white as your lining?</p>
<p>I either made a 14 or a 16, but honestly I can't remember. I'd suggest measuring yourself and checking the measurements against the ones on the pattern. There's only one vest included in that particular pattern set. There are aprons and skirts and things too. I used the quilt binding to make the straps on the side. I didn't line my vest, the white is the interfacing.</p>
<p>This looks amazing but I think I am seriously intimidated about making it because I do not have any real sewing skills. I am a size 14/16.</p>
<p>Don't be intimidated! Sewing is actually quite easy once you get comfortable with the machine. :)</p>
<p>That clears up a lot. Thanks</p>
About how much would it cost to buy all of the materials for the vest?
Good work!
I will be Cosplaying Harley this yr and your instructable was very helpful! Thankx
No problem! Glad to help.

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