View Full Version : Oh Harley Quinn...

03-20-2008, 10:56 AM
How do I make your costume?!?!

I've been wanting to make a Harley Quinn costume for some time now...and after one horrible attempt that I'd rather not speak of >.> I'm open for tips and suggestions!! If anyone knows a site that might commission that would be wonderful! I'm aiming to have her as one of my days for Otakon, so it's pretty far away and I've still got a bit more trimming up to do on my midsection >< but in the meanwhile I'd love to get some advice before I embark fully on this...body suit...journey ><;;

03-20-2008, 12:01 PM
There are unitard patters commercially available, many of which have a seam running up the front and back. Just use both black and red for the colours, instead of a solid lycra colour. Then you can either paint on the diamond symbols, or make them out of the scraps of lycra and stitch them on

In the future, remember to post a reference picture of the outfit/item you want help with. Not everyone knows who every character is, so you'll get way more help with a picture. ^_^
It's also better to be more specific than just "how do I make the costume". Let people know what, specifically, you're having trouble with, so they know what to answer.

03-20-2008, 02:01 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/Full-body-Lycra-Zentai-spandex-superhero-clown_W0QQitemZ370034402498QQihZ024QQcategoryZ4844 QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

http://cgi.ebay.com/Full-body-Lycra-Zentai-spandex-superhero-clown-new_W0QQitemZ370034395363QQihZ024QQcategoryZ4844QQ ssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Just a suggetion

03-20-2008, 02:25 PM
Since swimsuit season is quickly approaching, the selections of nylon/lycra in fabric stores is becoming more and more readily available and extensive.

Find a nice black nylon lycra with a tad of sheen and a red that's similar.

I do NOT recommend chopping up premade unitards as it's a hassle and you don't have the extra fabric to work with. (as someone who has worked with unitards for quite some time). I also do not recommend the zentai suits as they're just weird looking IMO. Something with the ruffles sewn IN the fabric is NOT appropriate when you want the ruffles to sit on TOP of the fabric.

Make everything out of the same fabric, the gloves, the hat, the shoe covers. That way it's consistent. Harley is drawn so that her costume is like one piece. I'd get a hood pattern and use that and connect it at the mock neck. The only pieces I'd use different fabrics for are the white ruffles on her cuffs and collar and the white balls on her hat.


I plan to make a Harley sometime soon, so I've put a TON of thought into this.

03-20-2008, 02:27 PM
River's Edge Dancewear has a Harley Quinn Unitard (http://www.riversedgedancewear.com/noname238.html)

03-20-2008, 02:29 PM
Rivers Edge is overly expensive I think. You can get all your fabric for at least half that.

Plus when I've bought from them before it's taken 1-2 months for them to ship my goods, and I live IN their state.

03-20-2008, 02:46 PM
GPW has lots of help in their forums, particularly here~

03-22-2008, 09:36 AM
I don't reccomend the ebay links. Ugh. That's where I got mine and it was fab the first time I wore it but with one wash all of the red vanished leaving me with a rosey silver where the nice rich red once was. I washed it inside out like I was told I was to do, but still, it faded and it sucks as I'm pretty sure there's no way to fix it. >_<
If you have the ability I totally reccomend using vinyl for the unitard. It's hard to work with and can cause you to over heat but it looks fantastic and is totally worth the effort.

03-22-2008, 01:33 PM
well you can request the normal lycra for the above links. metallic lycra awlays breaks down

03-23-2008, 08:30 AM
If you have the ability I totally reccomend using vinyl for the unitard. It's hard to work with and can cause you to over heat but it looks fantastic and is totally worth the effort.

But for Harley, though? I've never seen anything in the series to indicate her costume was vinyl instead of just normal spandex.
I mean, CatWoman, definitely use vinyl if you can (except the old purple costume, that looks like spandex), but for Harley Quinn I'd think it would look funny.

03-23-2008, 09:04 PM
There's a few different versions of Harley Quinn, its true. You could go vinyl, but that would screw with the average humans ability to move around like she does, and to be honest, there isn't many comics or cartoons with her in the vinyl, its mostly in art pieces.

I personally did my Harley costume probably the hardest way possible. I took a unitard from a dance class, took it apart to make a pattern. Then I cut the pattern out of both red spandex and black spandex and sewn them together the proper ways to make the suit. Then I had someone fit it to me and we serged most the edges so it fit closer to my body.

However, the costume was my first, so its not the best, but the process may give hints as to how you could do yours. I still haven't found a good pattern for the white collar or the head piece, then again, I made it a few years ago, so I really haven't tried to fix it up in a while.

03-25-2008, 06:07 PM
http://www.spandexwear.com/product.php?productid=16191&cat=265&page=1 full costume if your willing to spend 350usd

03-26-2008, 03:21 PM
Someone I know made hers out of velvet and it looked fantastic. The good thing about velvet is it isn't quite as likely to show bulges, it won't bunch quite as badly when you sew it, it's stretchy and flexible, and it won't kill you like vinyl would (overheating can actually be quite dangerous, I would never suggest a COMPLETE vinyl suit like Harley Quinn's would call for.) All that being said, I don't know much about patterns, but I do know a good quality velvet would make a fantastic looking costume. Not QUITE as accurate, but for looking so kickass I think diverting from the beaten path would be worth it. <3 Best of luck!

04-01-2008, 05:56 PM
Ack sorry! My computer totally crashed on me ><! Thank you all for your help thus far! I'll take a bit of time to look over it now <3!

04-24-2008, 03:51 PM
I just finished my HQ outfit and I think it came out pretty good.


I used lycra. The fit was definitely a problem. Ive been sewing for a looong time and you just need a whole different set of skills for spandex. x_x If you have any specific questions, pm me! :)

Anaria Zar-Rel
04-27-2008, 06:58 PM
I did a little write up of how I made my Harley Quinn costume (http://www.cosplay.com/costume/113723/) - Harley Quinn costume making of (http://www.geocities.com/jedianaria/harleyquinn.html).

It is a tricky costume - take time to study the details. The diamonds are drawn several different ways, so decide if there's a particular version you want to copy. I've seen a few costumes with the red/black sides wrong - including the store-bought version!

The GPW forums (http://www.gothampublicworks.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=1&sid=666875542a1af33e98542878f6bf6e2b) are a great place to get help/info on Harley :)

06-07-2008, 11:50 AM
You guys are so awesome! Once again I apologize for my late responses...Real life is so annoying at times. However Otakon is only a few months away and I must prevail over the corporate world!

06-07-2008, 08:53 PM
I will also be wearing my Harley to Ota I believe, hopefully I will see you there! : )

06-08-2008, 12:52 AM
I'm going to be making a Harley costume for the midnight showing-and possibly comic con if I can afford to go ^^;;;;

I'm going the whoooooooole 9 yards. I want my finished to look like this- http://www.desktoprating.com/wallpapers/anime-wallpapers-pictures/harley-quinn-joker-wallpaper.jpg

Soooo... I'm making mine entirely out of latex ^^;;;;; Well, actually, starting off with a base of a footed unitard, and then airbrushing it with latex-that way I don't have the latex directly on my skin. I've gotten the base hood done, which I used a cheapie costume store hood for the pattern, and made sure it had the proper square fit around the face.... I used ballet shoes for the base shoes, and added covers, and I have one coat of latex on those so far.... Got the collar done with some spare linen-looking fabric I had laying around... ^^

Oh and the mask!! I'm super-proud of my mask-I made it out of latex, too. I made a pattern for it with paper, then poured liquid latex onto a mirror, let it dry, then layed the pattern on and cut it out with an exacto, peeled it off, and voila! just have to spirit-gum it to my face, and it actually moves with me-I can wiggle my eyebrows and everything ^^

Now it's just a matter of continuing to work out every day, and finishing my bodycast so that I can put the unitard onto it for the airbrushing ^^

06-09-2008, 09:56 AM
Hi, you may be interested to know that I sell a pattern for making this costume. Mew Pudding purchased it from me in March, 2008 and used it for her costume, so you can see the good results!