Sturdy wings without any annoying arm straps, that can simply be taken on or off in just a few seconds!
If you’ve ever worn costume wings you’ll know that after a while of wearing them, the straps that wrap around your shoulders to hold the wings up get pretty uncomfortable…AND they don’t make the costume look very realistic.
Here are some wings that I wore last year when I was pouring wine at a local winery. I was representing a new ‘angel’ line of wine that had just come out. The wings were BIG and GORGEOUS but would have been really uncomfortable pouring wine for six hours wearing those dreadful arm straps to hold up the wings. Luckily I was one step ahead of the game and altered my costume so that the wings attached directly to the back of my corset. They were easily removable AND in doing this did no damage to my brand-new corset! Double YAY!
The wings look SO realistic without the straps and I was able to move my arms around freely!
By the way, if you are wondering where I got these awesome looking wings, (or for a huge assortment of other types of wings) I ordered them Here
This is how everything works:
Here is what the inside of the corset looks like without the wings attached. Two pockets are sewn discretely into the inside. Two hooks that hook to the wings are inserted into each pocket, securing the wings in place
This is how everything looks when the wings are attached. Each hook is inserted through the base of each wing strap (the wing straps are normally used to hold the wings up by wrapping around your shoulders) Then each hook is inserted into each pocket on the inside of the corset.
Let’s get started!
- Sewing machine & thread (you could hand sew everything but it will take longer)
- Two pairs of pliers (for bending and making the metal hooks)
- Hacksaw (for cutting metal rod to make hooks)
- Grinder (to make tip of hook smooth)
- Scissors (for cutting the felt)
- Corset-or some kind of tight fitting, stiff piece of clothing that wraps around your torso (if you are a guy)
- Costume Wings (I bought mine Here)
- Sheet of felt (the same color as your corset)
- 2 sturdy metal hooks (I made mine out of a 3/16in diameter 3ft steel rod that I simply bent at one end to make the hook. I bought the steel rod at Home Depot)
Make your hooks. With the 3/16 metal rod, cut two 7in long pieces with a hacksaw. Using your pliers, bend the last inch of each rod back down so it makes a hook, then grind down the bottom tip smooth so it will slide into the pocket easily. I spray painted mine white to match the outfit.
Locate where the elastic straps are on your wings. Normally, these straps are supposed to wrap around your shoulders to hold up the wings…but not anymore! 😉
Make a small hole at the base of each strap for each hook to go through
Put your corset on. Have someone hold the wings up to your back and mark with a pin where each hole you just made (in each wing strap) hits the top of your corset. This is where you will want your hook pockets to sit
Make the hook pockets:
For each hook pocket you will need to cut 3 strips of felt. To cushion the hook from poking my back I used 3 pieces instead of two, but you can decide what is best for you. The WIDTH should be no wider than 1 1/4in, but the LENGTH will vary depending on how long your corset is. I made my pocket lengths at 11 3/4in
The 1st and 2nd piece will be combined to make the pocket thick on the side that will be in contact with your skin. This keeps your back cushioned and comfortable from the hook
Sew them together
Now combine thick piece with last thinner piece
Sew them together, leaving the top open so it makes a pocket.
Now make your other pocket following the steps you did for your first one. You should have two pockets when you’re done that your hooks can slide into.
Take the laces off your corset, and open it up so it’s facing down. You should be looking at the inside of it.
Find the marks where the holes you made (in the base of the wing straps) touched the back of the corset when you first tried it on. Place the THINNER side of each pocket down against the corset and the THICKER side of each pocket facing up and away from the corset, so that your skin will come into contact with the thicker side while wearing the corset. Sew each pocket into place.
And here is the finished product! It’s easier to first put on your corset and then have someone help you attach the wings. The excess part of the wing strap can either be cut off or just tuck it into your corset when you have it on.