Ever since DC launched the Bombshell line of comics with art by Ant Lucia, I have been enamored with Bombshell Wonder Woman. I mean, how badass and fun is she?? Her sass and strength inspired me to try my hand at cosplay. While I found some good ideas online, I cobbled together my own version, and now offer to you my Bombshell Wonder Woman cosplay tutorial.
Since this was my first ‘real’ cosplay (beyond superhero shirts and dresses), I hit the internet for ideas. I found a number of examples of women in Bombshell Wonder Woman cosplay, but not much in the way of explaining how to make the costume. I took the bulk of my inspiration from a cosplayer named Honeyboba/Tiff, then made it work for me.
While I know how to sew, I’m no expert, so I didn’t really want to create all the pieces from scratch. So I mostly modified premade clothes ordered from Amazon to fit the Bombshell Wonder Woman look.
Bombshell Wonder Woman shirt
My husband had the great idea to order two shirts/blouses – one white, and one red – and take the collar and sleeve cuffs from the white and sew them to the red. Worked like a charm!
For the Wonder Woman chest emblem, I quite accidentally found the EXACT shade of red woven fabric as my shirt at WalMart, and used the Simplicity 8196 pattern for the emblem, which I attached as an applique.
The Simplicity pattern has the emblem in two pieces, split down the middle, because technically the character’s blouse has a zipper front. I created my emblem in two pieces and attached on the two sides of my button-down blouse. When I attached it, I realized it would be easiest if I didn’t try to unbutton and rebutton the blouse, so I sewed the button panel shut, so I didn’t really need a two-piece emblem. Were I to do it again, I would create the emblem as one piece to simplify.
I transferred the emblem to the red fabric using a lightbox and a sewing disappearing ink pen.
Bombshell Wonder Woman belt buckle
For the iconic belt buckle, I hit up KC-local propmaster Ryan at Buster Props. I sent him a 3D-printing file for the piece, and he presented me with the finished piece – in gold, no less! I didn’t have to mess with any foam piecing or painting, AND supported a local maker. Sweet! I attached it to a black elastic belt with Velcro.
Pro tip: Sew the Velcro on the belt instead of just using adhesive Velcro. The buckle is heavy enough that it will just pull the adhesive off.
Having only used craft foam in general craft projects, I commissioned the super talented foamsmith Bruce Holt of Crazy Costumes to create my Bombshell Wonder Woman bracers. Inspired by Christina’s and Erica’s versions, I sent him Christina’s vector image for the scrollwork, and he really took it from there. To say that the work is stunning is an understatement.
Bombshell shopping list
- a fat quarter of bright yellow woven fabric (I got mine at WalMart)
- a fat quarter of red woven fabric to match your red blouse (also from WalMart)
- a headband “blank” that you can hot glue the yellow fabric to
- boot-length round, white shoelaces (~54″, I think?)
- see additional items linked below
Bombshell Wonder Woman cosplay tutorial
Here are the steps I followed to create my costume. [Includes commissioned links to items on Amazon]
- Remove collar and sleeve cuffs from white blouse with seam ripper.
- Pin in place on red blouse and sew to attach (image 1 below)
- Cut out Wonder Woman chest emblem from Simplicity pattern.
- Cut piece(s) of red woven material to size of emblem pattern. (Could tape the pattern together at this point to create a one-piece emblem)
- Using a light table, trace the emblem pattern onto the woven fabric with a disappearing ink pen.
- Iron tear-away fusible stabilizer to the back of the red fabric.
- On a sewing machine, follow the disappearing ink outline to satin-stitch around the outside edge of the emblem with yellow thread, and the inner lines with a slightly darker red than the fabric (image 2 below).
- Remove/tear away the stabilizer.
- Iron fusible web to the back of the completed, satin-stitched emblem piece(s).
- Trim close to the yellow stitching, leaving the slightest edge of fabric so you don’t cut the stitches.
- Remove paper liner and attach/iron the emblem to the blouse.
- On a sewing machine, using red thread to match the fabric, satin-stitch the edges of the chest piece to the blouse so no rough fabric edge is showing. The blouse is now complete (thank Hera!).
- Iron six white star appliques to the shorts, looking at the original Bombshell Wonder Woman for placement reference. I also went ahead and stitched them down, as well.
You may want to put on the shorts and pin them in place first, so the placement works best for your body shape.
This was a bit of trial-and-error, so your mileage may vary with these instructions. Basically you’re wrapping a pre-made headband with yellow fabric, with one corner sticking out as if wearing a bandana. Some patterns suggest creating an elastic headband that goes all the way around your head, under your hair, but those never stay in place for me, so I used a headband.
- Hem the edges of the yellow fabric with a sewing machine.
- Place one corner of the fabric on the headband so it’s sticking out like the Bombshell Wonder Woman art; tack in the middle with hot glue.
- Wrap the remaining fabric around the headband and tack in place with hot glue.
- Cut away any excess material.
- Iron a red star applique at the point of the material sticking out from the headband (from step 2).
- Create a bow following the pattern and instructions from the the Simplicity Wonder Woman pattern.
- Hot glue the bow to the headband, again referencing the original Ant Lucia art.
- Position the 3D-printed belt buckle in the middle of the black elastic belt and hold in place.
- Using tailor’s chalk, mark where the edges of the buckle land on the belt.
- Cut Velcro to size to fit on the back of the belt buckle – one “set” of Velcro for each end/side.
- Sew the fuzzy side of the Velcro to the belt where indicated by your marks.
- Attach the sticky/loopy side of the Velcro to the belt buckle.
- Sew a strip of leather (I used a leftover luggage tag strap) over one hip. Use this to hold your Golden Lasso (~2′ of gold cord).
- Place the elastic belt around your waist and close. Attach WW belt buckle via Velcro.
- Replace shoelaces with “round” white shoelaces.
The finished result!