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La Roux Costume

How-to create a costume based on Elly Jackson, synth-pop princess from La Roux.

La Roux Costume

Last year on the MAKE YouTube channel, commenters started saying I looked like the singer from the English synth-pop duo La Roux. Here’s how to get the Mondrian jacket look from the video for their song Bulletproof. You can also make your own "neo cameo" necklace with a laser cutter and these files on Thingiverse.

Find more photos in my La Roux costume Flickr set.

Steps

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  • Find a plain white blazer or jacket to start. Try thrift stores or Etsy vintage.
  • Remove pockets (if it has any) from the jacket with a seam ripper.

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  • Create a pattern from one of the pockets by tracing it onto paper.
  • Use a ruler to "square off" the corners.

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  • Cut pockets from a thick folded layer of each colored fabric.
  • Make sure the fold is at the top edge of the pocket.
  • The yellow and green pockets are rectangular, so I squared up my pattern before cutting the square red and blue ones.

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Cut and iron a ton of 3/4" wide black binding. If I had to do it over, I\'d probably order some black bias tape.

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Pin binding around 3 raw sides of pockets, leaving the layered fold at the top.

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  • Straighten the front flaps of the jacket by opening up the seam with a seam ripper.
  • Cut off the excess fabric and use an iron to press in a new, straighter flap. Sew with white thread.

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  • Pin and sew binding to jacket around the front edges, inside of collar, and cuffs.
  • Because the bottom front corners of my jacket weren't square, I fudged it by extending the binding out past the edge.

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  • Pin and sew on pockets!
  • There's a bit of binding detailing over the shoulders and on the sides as well.

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Sew on five black buttons. Don\'t worry about buttonholes, you\'ll wear the jacket open!

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  • Pair with a long black tank top or short dress and some leggings.
  • Plain white or striped sneakers complete the look.
  • Don't forget the signature hair and Bowie eye makeup!
  • Find more photos in my La Roux costume Flickr set.
Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


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