JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Last Updated: 09-24-2010
The main fabric used for this costume was a four-way stretch metallic spandex that I found at the local Sewing Studio. It called to me with its sparkles and gaudy sheen. I much prefer the purple and orange color variant to black and orange, because I adore the color purple, and to me black and orange just screams 'Halloween'. The main jumpsuit was very easy to make, there was just one piece of fabric used for the entire bodysuit, plus the band for the topmost part and all the straps were separate pieces. It was mostly serged together, and also zig-zag stitched together on the machine for the smaller straps and finishings. The straps were handstitched on carefully to the cooresponding pieces. The collar piece snaps in the back. I used an orange vinyl for the butt skirt, armbands and headbands. Probably my least favorite part was having to apply all the wacky designs to the skirt piece, it took forever! I had to layer up the gold paint about 5 times for it to be opaque enough, though the black went on much easier. I much prefer to applique than to paint on fabric, too, but with PVC you don't really have any other options. I basically made myself a stencil and went to town using some very thick acrylic-based paints. The belt was made from scratch with leather and painted, the 'buckle' is made out of Paperclay but is purely decorative, as the belt actually snaps in the front. The headband is just plain weird in that it is actually branched out into three separate headbands, using stretch vinyl for this really helped so it would fit nice and snug and not fall off. I bought some loafers and made shoe covers over them out of the metallic spandex to blend into the main outfit. I then simply added the ring and strap accessory, which is pretty pointless but there's always pointless accessories with JoJo characters. The wig was purchased, I had to dye it using the Sharpie and rubbing alcohol mix method so I could make it a darker shade of purple to match the main fabric. The wig was then styled just a bit to imitate Narancia's slightly mussed hairstyle. I thought it was important to make sure I got that incorporated into the costume because it gives character to Narancia.
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