How to Make a Spider-Man Costume

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"Spider-Man, Spider-Man does whatever a spider can!" Yes, true believers, ever since his web-spinning debut in "Amazing Fantasy #15," your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been one of Marvel Comics favorite superheroes. Here's how to web up the Wall-Crawler's original red-and-blue costume, as well as the black number introduced in "Secret Wars." Read on to learn how to make a Spider-Man costume.

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Things you need

  • Medium or dark blue tights or longjohns
  • Red fabric
  • Red gloves
  • Red mid-calf boots (or boot covers)
  • Sheer white fabric or translucent plastic
  • Fabric pencil
  • Black fabric
  • Black fabric marker (optional)
  • Black or white embroidery thread (optional)
  • Black tights
  • Black gloves
  • White fabric, sheer and opaque

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  1. 1

    Get several comic books with Spider-Man in them and study them carefully. Make sure you have images of Spidey's front and back before you begin. Measure the proportions of red fabric to blue, which will help you determine how much red fabric to buy. Study the pattern of the webbing, counting the lines and measuring the space between them.

  2. 2

    Find a pair of blue tights in your size, preferably medium or dark blue. (If the sleeves only go as far as your forearms, don't worry about it. Peter Parker designed his costume with forearm-length sleeves so that he can wear the costume under street clothes and still roll up his sleeves.)

  3. 3

    Dye a pair of mid-calf boots red or purchase pre-made boot covers. Make or obtain matching red gloves.

  4. 4

    Cut out the fabric to cover Spidey's chest, breastbone, navel, waist, shoulder blades and the outsides of his upper arms. Also cut out the pieces of fabric to make his mask, cutting out teardrop-shaped eye slots large enough to allow good peripheral vision.

  5. 5

    Trace the pattern of the webbing on the red fabric with a fabric pencil. Go over these tracings with either a black fabric marker, black fabric paint, or satin stitch over the lines with either black or white embroidery thread (to simulate the look of Tobey McGuire's costume). The webbing should appear contiguous between the mask and chest.

  6. 6

    Duplicate the chest and back spider logos by cutting them out of black and red fabric, respectively. The chest logo should show an elongated head and abdomen, with the four forward legs pointing up and the four rearward legs pointing down. The back logo should feature a nearly circular fused head and thorax with the legs radiating out in a downward part, more closely resembling a tick than a spider.

  7. 7

    Craft eye lenses out of teardrop-shaped pieces of sheer white fabric or translucent white plastic surrounded with a black fabric border. Sew the lenses into the mask and the rest of the red fabric onto the shirt of the tights.

  1. 1

    Get "Spider-Man" comic books from the Secret Wars era, circa 1984, or which featured his early partnership with the Black Cat. These issues feature the black alien symbiote costume.

  2. 2

    Find a pair of black tights in your size.

  3. 3

    Buy or make a matching mask, pair of gloves and boots. (You may want boot covers as well as gloves to provide a unified look.)

  4. 4

    Cut out chest and back spider logos from white fabric. Both logos should be large and resemble the body of a black widow, sans hourglass, with the legs forming a "W" pattern.

  5. 5

    Make large teardrop-shaped eye holes in the mask and attach pieces of sheer white fabric to cover the eyes. (Omit the eye-covers if making the costume for a young child.)

  6. 6

    Attach white semicircles to the backs of the gloves. On this costume, the web-shooters were located here.

Tips and warnings

  • The actual design of the chest spider has varied from artist to artist. The description in Step 6 is considered the "standard" design.
  • An alternate way to make the eye lenses is to cut out teardrop-shaped pieces from a metal colander, simulating the eye-lenses in the costume Nicholas Hammond wore on the 1970s "Spider-Man" TV series. Omit the lenses entirely, except for the black bordering, if making the costume for a child.
  • Originally, Spidey's costume featured underarm webbing that ran down his arms and sides. It was abandoned as too complex to draw and too difficult to conceal under Peter's shirt.
  • Cut a mouth slit in the mask and get a set of monster teeth to go as Venom.

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