First you will need:
Black Sweat Pants
Black Hooded Sweatshirt
Clear Vinyl (I bought the thinnest they had at Joann's)
Black Binding (Double Fold)
Sewing Machine and Needle and Thread Too
and of course...Glow Sticks (the 22" necklace glow sticks work great...you get alot of coverage)
How To Make The Costume:
Here is the sweatsuit I started with. When you attach the vinyl to the suit, make sure to lay it out like it is on a person. This way the glow sticks will go on the front of the person and not off to the sides (if you followed the seams).
I cut the vinyl into about 2" wide strips. The length doesn't matter - the longer the better though.
Next, I took the black binding and placed the vinyl in the fold of the binding (like a sandwich) and then sewed using my sewing machine all the way down the length of the strip, being sure to catch the vinyl inside. I used a zig zag stitch to get more coverage.
When I was done, I had about 8 of these strips with binding sewn on either side.
For the hood, I sewed 3 shorter pieces (1 at each side of bottom of hood and 1 at top). Making like a straw/tube for the glow stick to slide through.
I sewed a long strip down each arm and a long strip right down the center of the sweatshirt. Some I sewed by hand as I couldn't get it into the machine without sewing through some unwanted layers. But it went fast. For the pants I sewed a long strip down the front of each leg - slanting in toward the crotch area to make an upside down "V" shape.
After you have sewn on all your vinyl strips to the sweatsuit, you can easily slide the glow sticks into place. Depending on the size of the person wearing it, you may need to use clear packing tape to overlap the two glow sticks to make them shorter. Don't try to cut them or the "glow" will leak out.
You will need to tape the ones that meet at the joints (like that legs to the body, and the head to the body, arms to the body) so that you don't have a gap in the stick figure - so it will look all connected.
This is an indoor picture of my son wearing his costume on Halloween - so you are able to see the person in the costume, but when they go out into the dark.....
....it is a real life stick figure. Here he is dancing around in the yard.
And here he is with his buddy heading out to trick or treat!
(they had some kind of glow in the dark mouth thingy in their mouths in this pic)
I will post some pics when they do their show next month, but I hope this has been helpful. There are alot of sites that will tell you to hot glue the glow sticks to the clothes or just tape them and it probably would work, but you will be repairing all night long. I think this is the sturdiest way to do it. Makes the costume reusable also. Just replace with new glowsticks. Our glow sticks glowed for hours! So, don't worry about that.
Oh, and I should mention...in order to take pictures of these awesome costumes, you must turn off your flash! Otherwise, you will see the person in the picture.
You can go here to see the actual performance of their act with the finished costumes:
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