View Full Version : How can I make my Green Lantern costume better?

03-02-2011, 01:20 AM
So for halloween I kind of threw together my own Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) costume. As you can tell its pretty basic. All it is is just a Green Lantern shirt, black sweatpants, a green painted bandit mask, and a power ring. Does anyone have any suggestion to make it look better? Such as adding something or replacing something with something else? I don't have gloves or boots because I could only find female formal white gloves and didnt know where to look for green boots. I plan on wearing it to wondercon and would like it to look better.

03-04-2011, 09:45 PM
Well, to start, what would you like to improve on? For the boots, you can buy boots in any color and nu-life leather dye in green to get the green boots.

As for gloves, did you check ebay at all? also, if you go on Amazon.com and search for "super mario gloves" you'll be able to find white gloves pretty easily.

03-05-2011, 01:05 AM
I guess the main thing I want to improve is the body. I want the top half to not look like just a shirt. I tried tucking it in but it didnt look any better. Is there something I could do for the top part of something I could buy to place over or on the shirt to make it look better? Could I cut part of the shirt and sew some black material in to make it look more like the comics?

03-05-2011, 01:20 AM
Could I cut part of the shirt and sew some black material in to make it look more like the comics?

yes you can.

I would practice a few times on some old t-shirts before you attempt it with the costume

to make it skin tight you can measure yourself and cut it. then sew it back together from the inside, so your seam is on the inside.

you can also baste stitch it to your body, then sew it as you basted it, but its really hard to baste on yourself. it IS possible though, just a pain in the neck (literally)

gloves and boots can be found with a little poking around on ebay/amazon
also you can try to get a pair of boots at the thrift store, then spray paint them green. but keep in mind that when it comes to spray paint, things can always go horribly wrong, and they paint wont last long (like a day), maybe fabric paint would be better, and find out if you can apply some sort of appropriate top coat to them

Ron Jr
03-05-2011, 07:20 AM

03-05-2011, 11:17 AM
http://heroes-in-tights.com/ Site is down for a few days still.

I'm going to be buying my GL suit from them. It's just so close to home for me and he does and amazing job in my opinion. :heart: If you got a suit I think your GL would look fantastic! n_n

03-06-2011, 06:06 AM
Nice points so far and I appriciate it. I have considered buying a costume but at the time it seemed cheaper to make one. As for pants is there anything better to use then sweatpants? I was thinking tights but wouldn't they be too tight? I also would want pants with pockets so I can keep my wallet and phone in them.

03-06-2011, 02:38 PM
leggings would be good. you can look for a thicker kind, or wear two pairs because most of them are somewhat see through, as for pockets, idk you can try sewing pockets in

03-06-2011, 05:23 PM
you can use the shirt but as mentioned fit it tighter to the body and sew some sleeves. depending on your skill you can sew the gloves right to the sleeves as well. I would get some craft foam and a $1.99 face form to make the mask. you can cut out a more aggressive pattern and use the hair dryer to heat and form it. you can attach it to your face with prostetic adhesive or spirit gum. if you need it to match the shirt I have had great success with acrylic paint on foam and leather because of it's flexibility. using makeup for the mask is an option as well.

as for pockets I don't know. when I made my Shade costume I thought about sewing a pocket into the inside of the tunic (the rest is a one piece spandex suit) but since I have to carry makeup and supplies for touch ups for myself and two others and i always buy stuff so I just put a backpack on a small wheeled luggage truck, easy enough and I don't have to worry about it.

sometimes it's hard to do it on the cheap and I always go over my projected budget. remember that if you end up with extremely tight bottoms, wear a j/s and a cup because there is nothing worse than the guy who thinks spandex splitting his junk is acceptable.

03-12-2011, 01:58 AM
Ok I think I got a pretty good idea of what I can do. Thanks for the help.

03-13-2011, 09:38 PM
Good luck with the upgrades. And as for pockets, would you be able to keep things in your boots? that's what I always do with costumes that don't leave much room for pockets. Unfortunately, if you're going the straight up comic version which IS going to involve the more fitted spandex suit, then pockets won't look right if you have anything in them.

Though, if you wanted to be creative, you could always do something similar to what Smallville did with their Green Arrow suit and plan this out as a jacket and pants outfit.

Something similar to this is what I'm trying to describe: http://the-nevernaut.u.yuku.com/gallery/ls/aid/87057

Obviously, since that's an original design, you would just want to take it as inspiration and go ahead and make up your own design, but that gives you an idea of what can be done if you don't want to go the spandex route.

I would personally recommend against trying to cut up the shirt and add black, since I don't think cotton is the right fabric if you're trying to get closer to comic-book accurate and I would hate to see you spend that much time and effort only to find out that it still doesn't look quite right. Depending on your sewing skill, it might be easier to start from scratch with spandex, or with a spandex suit (or if you want to make it in two pieces, with spandex leggings and a spandex top)

04-03-2011, 04:11 PM
american apparel probably has a green body suit all you would have to do is sew the logo on

04-27-2011, 07:07 PM
You could tuck the shirt in, you could go to walmart and pick up cheap green rubber boots and gloves,

Because that is totally what I did for my Red Lantern cosplay

05-16-2011, 10:48 AM
american apparel probably has a green body suit all you would have to do is sew the logo on

I would go with this. Add on some boss looking 10 eye boots and some long power gloves and it'll be great.