I wasn't the biggest fan of "Suicide Squad" but I did like the costumes. I already made Harley's main outfit, but I also like this dress she wears in a flashback scene. The original dress is made of metal mesh, with a black and gold diamond pattern.
Although I quite liked this design, I wanted to try something a little different. I decided to make a dress based on this one, but in red and black.
Here's the design I drew up.
I looked at a LOT of tutorials to make this dress, and I'll provide links to them here, as they were incredibly useful.
The Making of Harley Quinn Nightclub Dress + Wig! (Suicide Squad Cosplay/Halloween Costume Tutorial) by Natasha Rose
Ebbi Cosplay ♡ The making of Harley Quinn club dress by Ebbi Cosplay
OLD FOOTAGE: Clubbing Dress BTS by Laura Gilbert
Making Harley Quinn's Club Dress-Suicide Squad | Part 1 by Arlena Fae
Making Harley Quinn's Club Dress-Suicide Squad | Part 2 by Arlena Fae
Harley Quinn Club Scene Dress Tutorial by TEoELLE
How I Made My Harley Quinn Club Dress//COSPLAY TUTORIAL by EverSoMeTutorials
DIY VESTIDO ARLEQUINA (HARLEY QUINN CLUBE DRESS) 3 Formas by DIY Talitah Sampaio
HARLEY QUINN CLUB DRESS TUTORIAL // Ally Sorge by Ally Sorge
I used lining fabric to make this mockup: I eventually used it to line the real dress. I checked the fit on myself and my dress form. The dress form was useful for playing around with the draping, but trying it on gave me a better idea of the actual fit and whether I could move in it.
Once I was happy with the lining, I had to do some maths to calculate the size of the diamonds, and how many I would need. The basic mathematics is as follows:
Height of the dress / number of diamonds
Width of the dress / number of diamonds
You can use these figures to draw a grid and work out the size of your diamonds. My diamonds were approximatley 17cm by 11cm. I made a template and added seam allowance (about 1cm)Then I had to cut out the diamonds. A LOT of diamonds. I had half a yard each of black and red sequin material, which was just enough for all these diamonds.
WARNING: be careful which grain you cut on. I cut my diamonds on the wrong grain, and the dress shrank when I sewed them all together. It fit fine width-wise, but was much too short. I was able to solve this by adding another row of black diamonds at the bottom, but it was a little annoying.
Once all the diamonds were cut out, I sewed them together in diagonal strips: Arlena Fae and TEoELLE demonstrate this in their tutorials. Then I sewed all the strips together. When I realised that my dress was too short, it was a bit difficult to sew on the extra black diamonds neatly. I have areas where the diamonds don't line up perfectly, but I have some spare sequins which I can sew on to disguise this.
Here's the dress with an extra row of black diamonds. I pinned on some black fringe to see how it would look. Some cosplayers just use sequin material and cut it into strips, but I don't think my material would hold up to this. It would probably shed sequins all over the place.
I bought 2m of fringe, but perhaps I should have bought more.
To be continued . . .