With Halloween right around the corner, we find ourselves watching all of the classic horror movies. From Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Pyscho or from Friday the 13th to Halloween, there are so many to choose from. But no movie has haunted our dreams quite like Nightmare on Elm Street, for obvious reasons.
But just because these movies and characters give us nightmares, doesn’t mean no one wants to dress up as them. Some of our top selling costumes every year are the scariest of horror villains and we don’t see that trend stopping any time soon. While everyone else is suiting up as Michael Myers this Halloween because of the premiere of the Halloween reboot, our friend Laurel wanted to become another famous horror villain. It’s definitely not the Freddy Krueger you remember from the movies but everyone will still recognize the look.
This cosplay tutorial will walk you through the steps it takes to alter a Freddy Krueger costume into the Freddy Krueger figure by Kotobukiya from their Bishoujo line. Follow along with Laurel as she teaches you how to recreate this figure’s look!
Pieces used from Costume SuperCenter as a base:
- Nightmare On Elm Street Sexy Ms. Freddy Krueger Costume OR Nightmare On Elm Street Miss Freddy Kruger Plus Costume
- Black Pirate Boots
- Black Sheer Thigh High with Back Seam
- Women’s Shiny Leather Knee High Boots
Other things you will need:
- Black bra
- Pink medium rick rack
- Lighter (Optional)
- Pink thread and needle OR hot glue
If you’re using the plus size version of this costume, you can skip this step because the cleavage hole is already cut.
1. Put on the sweater and draw roughly where you want the cleavage window to sit on you for your costume. Don’t worry about it being perfect, because we want it to look a little roughed up anyways. If you made the window too big, simply wipe away the chalk with your fingers and redraw. You can ask a friend to help you or you can stand in front of a mirror to draw out the shape.
2. Once you’re satisfied with the shape, it’s time to cut out our cleavage window. I suggest cutting smaller than what you actually drew. Try on the sweater and cut again if you still need a bigger window. Again, don’t worry if you messed up cutting because it’s not supposed to be perfect and there’s room for interpretation.
3. Next, you need to change the dress into a crop top. I asked a friend to help me with this step so they could get the back of the dress for me. Using the chalk again, draw onto the sweater with a rough estimate of where you want to cut. Draw uneven triangles for a more jagged and roughed up look.
4. Once you’re happy with the outline, cut off the bottom of the sweater.
You’re going to need the black bra for this next step. You can either go out and buy one or use an old one you already have. I chose the latter.
5. Before you use the pink rick rack, you may want to burn the cut edges of the ribbon over a small flame to prevent fraying.
6. Next pin down the ribbon to the bra. Repeat on the other side after finishing the first side.
7. Finalize the bra by either hand stitching or hot gluing the ribbon down. I hand stitched mine down because hot glue can become a liquid again if it’s in too hot of an environment.
And that’s it! Now you’re ready to go slay the night with your new revamped costume!