What if Wonder Woman was a Pirate?

My Wonder Woman Pirate Cosplay Idea

With her impending movie debut, Wonder Woman cosplay is becoming increasingly popular. Personally, I admire and appreciate Linda Carter and the feminist icon that is Wonder Woman, but I’ve never been a big fan of the character. In fact, I didn’t really care for the Amazon warrior princess until the Justice League cartoon back in the 90s. It’s that image of Wonder Woman that’s my favorite, and it’s that image that always comes to mind first when I think of her.

Wonder Woman animated series

It’s no secret how underwhelmed I am of the new “darker” look for the iconic four-color comic book character. Combine that with my intense dislike of the new dark and brooding (a.k.a. whiny, angsty, and full of self-loathing) Superman, and I’m really not looking forward to the new movie.  You’d think, given my rather lackluster feelings toward the Amazonian princess that I wouldn’t feel the need to design and build a costume for her.  But you see, I had this idea . . .

What if Wonder Woman had been a pirate? I know, silly question.  But one thing I love about cosplay is the ability to take a character and examine it through an entirely new lens, and then create some new interpretation.  So the question isn’t really “Why?”, but “Why not?”.  I don’t know if the idea has any merit, really. And I can’t say if my vision actually lends any new light to the character either.  But, for now, I’ve got this design idea, and I feel really compelled to create it.  Here’s the initial sketch:

Wonder Woman Pirate Sketch

I’ve decided to create this costume to display at conventions, and I wanted to invite you along for the ride as I bring my design idea to life. With the magic of Photoshop, I’ve come up with the following costume renderings. I added a coat, because what’s a pirate without a fabulous coat? But I think the costume holds its own with or without that piece.

For this design, I was kind of lucky in that the idea, somewhat like Athena, sprung full grown from my imagination. I’ve already got ideas on how I’m going to pattern the corset, breeches, and coat. We’ll just have to see how my design evolves as I take it from the page into my sewing studio, and the great news is I’ll be sharing the entire process with you! For now, I’m waiting on some fabric swatches. But as soon as I’m ready to start cutting things out for real, I’ll be writing up another post to share the process with you!

Are you looking forward to the new movie? Do you have a wild and crazy idea for interpreting an existing character in a new light? Be sure to share your most awesome thoughts in the comments here or on my FB page! Plus, let me know if you’ve got questions or are hoping to see anything specific regarding the construction process for this costume. I’m happy to share my adventures, trials, and tribulations, and I promise to keep the swearing to a minimum.

In the meantime, have you checked out the Wonder Woman stuff I’ve got going on in The Costume Wrangler’s Closet? I’ve got some more pieces I’m working on, so be sure to keep an eye out for them!

Handmade Wonder Woman Coin Pouch

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