Last Friday I won the Saturday ticket giveaway from the Irving Convention Center for Dallas Comic Con Fan Days! I was so excited, but I didn’t have a new costume finished…and how could I go to Fan Days without dressing up?! I already had Maleficent horns from a previous project, so I took on the challenge of making a Maleficent collar and cloak in one night. Below are some of my behind-the-scenes photos of my late night crafting.
I got some great ideas from this DIY Maleficent tutorial by Pins and Things. She used cardboard and wire to hold the collar upright. I opted for craft foam, hot glue and wire as the core for my collar. I sandwiched the wire between a layer of craft foam. Then I sewed fabric sleeves for each section, pulled it over the craft foam, and sewed up the open end.
Attaching the Collar
The robe for my costume wasn’t going to support the weight of the collar, so I made a base from EVA foam (you can use those interlocking anti-fatigue floor mats, visit my Resources page for where to buy it). Now the whole collar would be a solid, removable piece from the robe. I shaped the EVA foam with a heat gun and made a fabric sleeve for it in the same way I made the collar sleeves. I hot glued and sewed the individual collar pieces to this foam/fabric base, then loosely stitched it to the robe.
Enhancing the Collar
In the recent Maleficent movie, she has a cloak with the iconic pointy collar and a cloak with a feather collar. I took the best of both and added the feathers to mine. I used a section of black hackle feather trim (check Michael’s or Hobby Lobby) and glued it to the collar base with hot glue.
I never thought I’d find a use for my graduation gown, but tada! It provided a great base for the Maleficent robe. I purchased 4 yards of black polyester, cut a hole in the middle, and draped it over the robe like a poncho. I sewed the sides of the fabric “poncho” and left room for armholes, then cut open the front and stitched the fabric to the collar of the gown. If I’d had more time, I would have loved to make a really elegant cloak from scratch. Maybe next time!
And don’t forget the horns! Check out my other post with details about how I made my Maleficent horns. They’re made with reticulated foam, craft foam and electrical tape!
I used a variety of products to create the Maleficent face. I love the purple accents in the cartoon version of Maleficent, so my makeup was a mashup of both Maleficent looks.
- Eyes: light and dark purple eye shadow (shown on my hand in the photo)
- Eyebrows: Wolfe FX Hydrocolor cake in black
- Face: Airbrushed with European Body Art Endura airbrush paint in white and black. Contours with grey eye shadow.
- Lips: Vincent Longo lipstick in “Lust” (not shown)
What is EVA foam? it it the same as craft foam? How did you make a cover for the base?–it’s very curved and complicated. Looks great!!
This is perfect! I wanted to use my graduation gown to make the cloak as well but didn’t know how to improve it. Thanks for the tips! I’m also going to mesh different elements from the live action movie and the cartoon to create my own look. Hope it turns out nearly as great as yours.
Thank you for the amazing post! Your work has my creative mind working overtime! I’m making a Maleficent costume for my granddaughter this year. She is 3 1/2 but knows what she wants, and that is a Maleficent costume! Great job!
Hey there! I think this post is AMAZING and can’t wait to give it a try. Did you follow the same measurements for your foam pieces as the cardboard tutorial? Also, what gauge of wire did you use, and how much?