If you haven't watched the Netflix Original Series, GLOW, there's still time to binge before season 2 premieres on June 29th. The series follows Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie) who is a struggling actress. She auditions for an unconventional role after finding no success with auditioning for underwhelming bit-parts. When Director Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron) holds an open call audition for a serial role with the female analog of WWE, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, a.k.a. GLOW, she creates the in-ring stereotyped persona of the Russian wrestler, “Zoya the Destroya”. Enter Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), a soap opera star turned stay-at-home mom, who was .betrayed by her best friend, Ruth. With her white star-spangled leotard, she became the all-American hero of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, Liberty Belle.
With help from the talented cosplayer Uncanny Megan, Costume Supercenter created a step by step tutorial so that you can cosplay as Liberty Belle yourself!
Kwick Sew’s K3502 sewing pattern
White faux velvet
Two medium length white zippers
- Red, silver, and blue star appliques
Step 1: Cut Out & Assemble Pattern Pieces
Cut the full front and back pattern pieces out of the faux velvet. Make sure the front piece of your pattern is placed on the fold of your fabric to avoid unwanted seams!
Place the fabrics right side in, and pin the sides together. Use a zigzag stitch to sew the pieces.
Step 2: Finish the Hemlines & Add the Zipper
Try on the leotard so far and mark where you need to cut the new neckline.
Extend the back of the leotard further down than what the corset will be showing.
Make the shoulder straps much thinner so they, too, could easily be hidden under the corset.
Fold over you hemlines and sew them down with a zigzag stitch.
Sew shut the shoulders and add in the zipper. Place each side of the zipper face down, pin, and sew with a straight stitch!
NOTE: Zippers require a special sewing machine foot called a zipper foot. If you’re sewing machine didn’t come with one of these, they’re very easy to find in stores or online! This foot makes it so you can easily sew right alongside the teeth of the zipper. If you’re using an invisible zipper, they make an invisible zipper foot as well!
Step 3: Make the Corset
Using the same pattern pieces for the leotard, measure to figure out the size and placement for everything. This includes taking measurements from the top of the shoulder to below the bust, from the bust to the waistline, and around the underneath of the bust and waistline.
Once the pieces are drawn out, cut the front piece out on the fold of a piece of white vinyl and then the back piece out of two pieces of the faux velvet and then two pieces of some white spandex to help with the opacity.
Step 4: Sew the Corset
Fold over the hemlines of the neck and sleeve holes. Cut small slits into any curved parts to help make the folds more smooth, especially with the thicker materials. Use a straight stitch to sew our hems down.
Before hemming the bottom of the corset, add the zipper. Sew the zipper into the back of the corset and close up the rest of the back.
Hem the bottom of the costume. Use a straight stitch on the vinyl and then switch to a zigzag stitch when you hit the velvet.
Step 5: Decorate
Add the stars to your corset. The fabrics you choose for your costume will determine how you can apply the stars. With vinyl, you'll have to stitch the stars into place. But other fabrics could handle iron-on appliques or hot glue. Always test heat products on some scrap fabric to avoid damaging your costume.
How the stars are placed is up to you. Try to avoid putting them in too much of a pattern so that they appear more random. Also, create smaller stars to feature a variety of sizes.