How I Made It: Cher Costume from If I Could Turn Back Time!

by Mallory Whitfield on September 17, 2011

Ever since I first posted some old pictures of the Cher costume I made for Halloween 2004, I’ve received multiple requests from people, asking me to explain how I did it. Since Halloween is right around the corner, I thought I’d explain what I did!

What you need:

- Cher wig (similar to this one)
- lots of makeup
- black leather motorcycle jacket
- black hooker boots
- crazy fishnet leotard
- fake rose tattoos for your butt!

Optional props:

- fake microphone
- adoring sailors
- a battleship!! (or maybe you could have one of your sailors carry around the boardgame Battleship??)

Stuff I forgot:

- belly dancer style gold belt
- gold chain necklace costume jewelry

Here is the original music video for reference:

So, as I mentioned, I realized after I did this costume the first time that I forgot the gold jewelry and belt. But I think the rest of it was fairly accurate! I borrowed the black leather motorcycle jacket from my boyfriend, and luckily had a pair of over-the-knee suede black hooker boots that I had inherited from a friend who was cleaning out her closet. I bought the Cher wigfake rose tattoos and toy microphone for the occasion.

The tricky part is making the leotard. First, I bought a black fishnet body stocking for the base. Then I bought some stretchy black velvet fabric to sew on top to cover the, ahem, most important areas. You’re basically creating a big V shape in the front with the fabric, and then I made the fabric go straight up the back. (You know, to cover my butt crack. The motorcycle jacket will cover the upper part though.)

Here’s where it gets tricky… because the fishnet bodysuit is super stretchy, and gets all tiny and mis-shapen when you’re not wearing it, I had to hand-sew the velvet V shape on while I was wearing the bodysuit. This makes for some interesting contortions, and you have to try really hard not to poke yourself with the needle! Also – you must have friends who love you very very much. Because both my best friend Ashe and my boyfriend David were enlisted to help me sew the finishing pieces of the V of velvet fabric to the fishnet…

I also did the handsewing / velvet fabric trick to make the gartered part of the stocking. I carefully cut the legs of the stocking while I was wearing them, and then created “garters” using the velvet to put them back together. You might be able to find a body stocking that already has the garter effect, but this is what I did!

I hope this helps some of you put together a truly FABULOUS Cher costume for Halloween, Mardi Gras or any other time of year. (We all need a little extra Cher, right?)

Need more Cher costume ideas?

Check out this page I made about it!

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