Barb Wire (Leather outfit) - Barb Wire

In Progress




Time I stuck this up in the costume list. I have been getting bits and pieces together so I guess it is officially 'in progress'. No fixed date yet cuz I dont know when. I'm gonna have a go at making the corset and arm gloves using real leather, being accurate to the screen costume. Doing Katy Perry Hello Kitty corset has been good experience, I'm even more confident I will be able to make this. Hardest part of this cosplay has to be the boobs - this is going to take some real amazing prosthetic work. Time to do that body cast project I guess..


Storme posted on 31 December, 2010 - 16:20
*applaud* This looks like it will rock mightily.

Ranma1-2 posted on 31 December, 2010 - 21:45
..hopefully.. ^_^

Captain_Marvelous posted on 1 January, 2011 - 14:04
See! this is what you need! you have come back to my good books after the Katy Perry fiasco! XD your gonna look hot as hell!

Ranma1-2 posted on 2 January, 2011 - 04:00
Ahh, Perry-gate isnt over untill after Midlands Expo! I hope youre not gonna stand in the crowd booing.. :D :D But yes Im glad this will even things back up for you. ^_^ I might have the coat by tommorrow.. :P

Captain_Marvelous posted on 2 January, 2011 - 13:55
I would boo to regular Korty Porry so very possibly :P XD naww I wouldnt do thaaat :P

Notorious_Noire posted on 14 January, 2011 - 16:51
"Don't call me babe." X3

Ranma1-2 posted on 14 January, 2011 - 17:22
Butterfly-Goddess - ha ha ha ha ha. EXACTLY! ^_^

Anime_Angel posted on 23 January, 2011 - 01:42
the wig on that one looks great^__^ also the Trench coat seems nice^__^

Ranma1-2 posted on 23 January, 2011 - 18:23
Cheers ^_^ Yeah Im really looking forward to wearing this. Full leather coat looks classy.

redheadgirl posted on 28 January, 2011 - 19:19
Thx for the comment *hugs .. can't wait for may expo . U gunna be round right ? And yeh i was planning on WW but im doing one costume at a time. Im doing sai practice for elektra aswell so.

Inuyoku posted on 9 March, 2011 - 17:37
Looks good so far! :) x

Ranma1-2 posted on 9 March, 2011 - 22:32
Inuyoku - Thank youuuu. :) I dont know why but this one seems to be coming together quickly. Well..quickly for me. :P

Captain_Marvelous posted on 10 March, 2011 - 19:06
Looking great so far!

Ranma1-2 posted on 10 March, 2011 - 19:40
Thanks Luke. Got some more done today..arm glove pattern tweeked and now Im happy with it. Next to cut the leather and make the real thing. :)

Saffron posted on 19 March, 2011 - 13:42
You're looking damn fine as usual ;) I admire you braving working with all that leather *o*

Ranma1-2 posted on 19 March, 2011 - 14:02
Thanks Osaka. :) Working with a leap in the dark for me I must admit. Havent actually sewed any together yet. I'm hoping it will go through my machine ok. Barb will be a bit on hold now because of working on upcoming Kita costumes.

Progress Journal

10th March 2011

arm glove tester - take two

I re-edited the pattern and eventually got the arm glove to look like it should. This is the second rough I made because the first one had so many alterations it just got messy.
Happy with the shape and fit now. ..Nearly time to break out the cigar. :P
Next to cut the leather..

9th March 2011


Parts are starting to come together now.

Just got my boots, I love these. ^_^
Armgloves with Fingerless gloves
Wig test.

Please excuse: lack of makeup, and my laddered tights (cant bring myself to throw them away, so they are used for quick testing. :P Oh and body suit is a stand in cuz I havent made the corset yet.

So thats how Barb is shaping up so far. :)

9th March 2011

arm glove tester

Made up a rough to test the pattern out. ..Close, but no cigar yet! The gap is too wide in places - see comparison pic.
Prob the error occured because I used stretch lycra to get the first measurements off my arm.
Also my triangular tops could do with being a tad shorter and less pointy. Otherwise though..not bad for a starter. :)

8th March 2011

Pattern drawn

Pattern drawn out on paper. Eyelet spacings,seam allowances etc have all been planned out. Next to cut a quick practice piece using some spare fabric - I dont want to waste any of the leather..

8th March 2011

Armglove pattern

Start of making my armglove pattern - using some old lycra fabric, so I can keep slipping the arm glove off and re-adjust the pins, until eventually I have an exact fit on my arm. Because it is lycra I can slip it off my arm at the final stage with the pins still in.
Next I copied this shape onto paper.

5th March 2011

Long leather armgloves construction

Here is the Leather coat I bought off eBy. £6.oo seems criminal for a good coat like this! Seems no one wants to wear leather coats at the mo. Oh well, at least it has supplied me with good quality real leather at a really low price.

Pic shows progress of diss-assembling the coat. Using a seam ripper I just took the sleeves off. Each coat sleeve is made from two long strips sewed together, so I diss-assembled these too. The amount of leather using one sleeve strip is almost exactly the right amount to make my armglove. I think I will make a rough template first though and then trim the piece of leather down so my armglove looks just like the screen grabs.

5th March 2011

fingerless gloves

These are the fingerless gloves I found on eBy cost 6.60.
And Below is a screen grab where the gloves are seen pretty clearly.

I checked through various scenes, and the long leather arm gloves appear to be a seperate item, not attached to the fingerless gloves..

14th January 2011

More leather!

Ok I decided after all to make the corset and arm gloves using real leather instead of the faux stuff. The plan is: buy another leather coat, cheap 2nd hand one off eBay, and use it to source my leather needs. ie take it apart and use the leather panels to make the corset with and the sleeves to make the arm gloves.

The good news is - I won another leather coat off eBy cheap - like 6 quid - the bad news is when it arrived it looked really nice, and fits my wife beautifully - so shes nabbed it! Darn! Back on the hunt for another cheap leather coat again. :P

Also, ordered some bits and pieces for the leather work - nickel O ring, D ring and cap rivets to make the choker, eyelets/grommets for the corset and arm gloves.

This is my first time working with leather but Im really excited about this costume now.

3rd January 2011

Long leather coat

Postman delivered my coat yesterday. Woohoo. Full length leather amazing buy from eBy 6.99 plus postage. I thought I would have to alter it as the ad said size 14, but it fits. Wonderfull! The hem needs sticking back up and I will give the whole coat some tlc with special leather polish stuff I got from a leather worker. I dont know what it is but it really soaks in and brings the shine back to leather.
So, coat sorted! :)

31st December 2010


This is the wig I bought for Barb. Im tempted to muck about with some colour, maybe acrylic ink, see if I can give it a darkened roots look. Patch test on an old cheapo wig first methinks.