It’s no secret that I’m a Walking Dead fan, and it’s even less of a secret that I love Daryl Dixon. So when Halloween costumes began rolling around in my brain I was considering being either Michonne or Daryl. However I didn’t like the quality of the Michonne wig they were selling and I knew I wouldn’t keep it on the whole night so I opted for Daryl. But Michelle you’re a girl….yes I’m well aware of that. But it’s Halloween and I can do and be what or whomever I want. You make your own rules. So I am [Female] Daryl Dixon….or Mrs. Daryl Dixon if you will. I even have the vest to prove. I’ll show you how I transformed into character…come along!
Phase 1: Materials & Creating the Wings
The fabric I bought was actually flexible/easier to cut and durable and glued nicely because it had a felt type back…keep that in mind when choosing your fabric.
The faux leather vest I used was from spirit Halloween…I found it in the “biker” section.
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First I found a printable template of his wings online. CLICK HERE for link.
Then I had my brother draw them out to scale.
***BE SUPER CAREFUL CUTTING THESE WINGS OUT, it’s a pain in the ass because it’s so intricate.***
Then I traced them onto the tracing paper and was able to rub that out onto the fabric giving me an outline to work with.
Phase 2: Gluing the Wings to the Vest
First place the cardboard between the vest.
Lay your wings onto the back of the vest and center them…using a ruler you can measure the distances from the sides, the top, the bottom, to make sure it’s all even.
When you’re all set, mark key points of where the wings go with the white crayon, this will help guide you if the wings shift during the gluing process.
Last but not least start gluing!
I recommend putting a dot of glue in the middle of each wing somewhere as to keep them in place while you glue the edges down and remember to be quick and careful. The clue dries quick and it’s hot as hell! [you will burn yourself about 5,000 times but it’s the price of wanting to look like a badass zombie killing genius]
Glue and stick, Glue and stick. Don’t try and glue too much at once, because the glue will dry before you get to do so. Seems like common sense but I just wanna cover my bases here.
Phase 3: Distressing the vest…
to ya know make it look like you’ve been through the zombie apocalypse
I got some of my ideas from HERE
There’s really no precise method I went back and forth between using these two tools and I was pretty satisfied with my distressed look…
It’s a little bit difficult to tell in these photos…but the vest did get distressed and the texture is rather nice now…and there’s definitely less shine. ALSO I left he wings alone….too much effort went into those suckers!
QUICK PRICE COMPARISON:
The Daryl Vest in Spirit Halloween (too big on me anyway, it just looked silly) is cheaply made, and the wings aren’t that detailed and it’s $29.99
The Spirit Halloween biker vest was $16.99 and the fabric I used for the wings was $7 in a local fabric store (for a yard of material) putting me at around $24…so I saved a few bucks and even though it was more work, I still think mine looks better and a hell of a lot more realistic I enjoyed doing it and creating something I can use and be proud of … 😀
So there you have it…my Daryl Dixon Vest DIY tutorial.
Shout out to my bro for helping me with the wings….it was definitely a team effort! 😀
What do you think?
Stay Tuned for my FULL outfit as I transform into Mrs. Daryl Dixon for Halloween.
Mom…I’m married for the night! 😉