How to Make a Realistic Gorilla Costume

Written by lee stevens
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Making a realistic gorilla costume is easy if you assess your skills and stick with what you know. A little creativity along the way is sure to help and make the process a lot of fun. For those who have excellent sewing skills, making a gorilla costume is as simple as going to your local fabric store. All you need to do is get a sewing pattern, purchase the necessary fabric and supplies and put your costume together. For those who have little to no sewing experience, creating a realistic costume takes a little more creativity.

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Things you need

  • Gorilla fur material
  • Black trousers or sweatpants
  • Black shirt or sweatshirt
  • Heavy black thread
  • Sewing needles for sturdy fabrics
  • Heavy thread
  • Gorilla mask
  • Black gloves
  • Black socks
  • Black shoes

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    Collect all the items you will need to create your gorilla costume. Black gorilla fur can be purchased at your local fabric store. The amount of fur you need will depend on the size of the costume you are creating. Begin with 2 or 3 yards and then purchase more if you need it.

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    Lay out your black trousers on a large flat surface such as a kitchen table. Cut pieces of your gorilla fur to match the size and shape of your trousers. Regular trousers will generally work better than sweats. The gorilla fur is likely to make the trousers heavy and the costume wearer may need a belt to help keep the trousers in place. The fur also will make the trousers very warm, so regular trousers may be more comfortable than sweats.

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    Lay out your black shirt on a large, flat surface. Cut pieces of your gorilla fur to match the size and shape of your shirt. You will need at least three pieces (two arms and a body piece). You may also choose to do the body piece in sections such as a front piece, back piece and two side pieces.

  4. 4

    Thread your needle and sew the gorilla fur onto your trousers and shirt. The sewing does not need to be perfect, as the thread will not be visible.

  5. 5

    Continue sewing the gorilla fur fabric on the trousers and shirt until all the original fabric is covered with fur. You only need to sew the edges of the fur fabric. If the fur bulges out in any place on the costume you may choose to add a few stitches to keep the fur more closely attached to the original fabric.

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    Put on the trousers and shirt and add all other accessories.

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