How to Make A Bruno Costume

How to Make a Bruno Costume

We don’t talk about Bruno…but we are going to talk about how to make a Bruno inspired costume! Also, read through and find our gift to you: a free downloadable pattern we created for Bruno’s poncho.

Poncho:

Fabric:

Muslin Fabric

In our quest for the perfect fabric for our Bruno poncho, we decided on Muslin. The reason for this unique choice is because Muslin is a nice lightweight fabric that is known to fray when cut. This is exactly what we were counting on in order to give the poncho a tattered look.

Poncho Dimensions:

Dimension Guide

To make things easy, we have created this template as a measurement guide, however you may need to tailor the dimensions a bit based on the height of the subject wearing the costume. If you do need to change the length, measure from the shoulder down to 6.5” past the knee. Multiply this number by 2 and you now have the custom length of your poncho. The rest of the dimensions should still work just fine. 

Poncho Design:

Bruno Hourglass Design

We recreated the design from Bruno’s poncho and used Cricut Design Space to cut out 28 copies of the image above in black iron-on transfer vinyl. Assuming you have cut the fabric following the dimension guide, fold the poncho in half (the way it will sit on the subject’s shoulders) and iron at the fold. This will help you determine the halfway mark. At the fold, line up 7 hourglass designs vertically (see picture below) on each side of the V-neck. Use the dimension guide to determine exactly where to place the design on the fold. Iron on the designs based on your specific vinyl’s instructions. Repeat on the back of poncho.

Hourglass Design Stacked Vertically

For the border lines around the hourglass design, we used 5/8 inch black ribbon (100% polyester). We attached it by sewing a Zig Zag stitch down the middle (see picture below). We expanded the sewing machine settings to the highest width and longest length for the zig zag pattern. 

Zig Zag Stitch

Alternatives to sewing the ribbon on:

  1. Using black iron on vinyl to create border lines and heat pressing at the same time as the hourglass designs.
  2. Iron on bonding tape 

      

You can iron on the ribbon with this tape and eliminate the need for a sewing machine.

Thank you gift for our supporters:

We have a gift for anyone looking to heat press their Bruno design onto their poncho fabric. As you can see on our own poncho, we had an extra line of circles underneath the hourglass, which made them double up when we alined multiple copies vertically. So we were sure to correct this error for our free SVG download. Click the link below to retrieve a free downloadable SVG of the hourglass design.

Poncho Tassels:

Last but not least, to complete the Bruno poncho, you will need the tassels at the bottom. We have made this task extremely easy by including an extra 6.5” of fabric at the bottom (front and back). Using a rotary cutter (preferably) or scissors, cut 6.5 inch vertical lines upwards from the bottom of the poncho. Cut each line 1/2 inch wide apart from one another (see photo). Repeat for back side of poncho.

Undershirt and Pants:

For the undershirt and pants, we chose not to custom make anything, considering these items are hardly visible underneath the large poncho. So we settled on some brown pants that we cuffed at the bottom and an old brown blazer with folded up sleeves. 

Sandals:

For our Bruno footwear, we took comfort into consideration and decided to forego the thong style sandals. We covered our thick sandal strap with a large piece of black fabric (with white iron on vinyl designs) and attached it with double sided tape.

Hair:

Creating the Bruno hair required a little bit of work because we went the cheap route and bought a crimped rocker wig from Walmart for $7.00. We chopped the mullet to the shoulders and used a spray bottle to tame the crimped. We then used a super hold hair spray to spray sections of the hair before rolling it into small hair rollers. We left the rollers in for a couple of days.

These were the cheapest hair rollers we could find on Amazon.

You are now ready to sport your amazing Bruno inspired costume!

Extra Tip: Ruffle the poncho neck hole and sides to make it look extra tattered for an authentic “worn” look. 

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