Costuming and Cosplay: Lindsay Fünke’s SLUT Shirt

Costuming and Cosplay: Lindsay Fünke’s SLUT Shirt

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The Arrested Development Wiki is an amazingly detailed website, put together by some incredibly dedicated fans.  It was a very helpful resource when Glenn and I were writing our trivia special, particularly because there is a page for absolutely everything – including Lindsay’s SLUT shirt.  I currently have that page bookmarked on my laptop, because of how useful it was in the creation of my own SLUT shirt, which I wore in the place of a complete costume at trivia [Glenn wore a banana suit, but that’s a story for another day].

Aside from the time it took to find a red tank top, the actual project came together very quickly, with a little trial and error.  I did most of the work during Monday’s ‘Collaboration and Development’ class, when we were doing table readings of different groups’ scripts [yes, I can listen and sew at the same time, thank you very much].  Here’s how I did it.

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Materials:
+ Red tank top [obviously, although this was deceptively difficult to locate]
+ Graph paper, or a printout of the text
+ Pen
+ Needle and black thread [or, if you run out halfway through, like I did, navy makes an okay substitute]
+ Black felt
+ Craft glue [preferably one that works on fabric]
+ Black sequin fabric [which I had leftover from my Janet Snakehole costume]

Instructions:
1. Draw out your letters using the graph paper.  I tried to work out the font size by sight, and used the graph paper to ensure that my letters were all the same size.  Alternatively, you could just print out the text.  This would be a much easier way to go about things, but I didn’t have access to a printer at the time.  Also, make sure you compare the size of your letters to the shirt.  Mine ended up being a little too big.
2. Cut them out, and trace around them onto the felt.  I reversed them, to make sure there would be no pen lines visible, however this is probably unnecessary, as you’ll be covering the felt with the sequin fabric anyway.  Then cut the letters out of the felt.
3. Glue the felt letters [backwards] onto the back of the sequin fabric.  There are several reasons to do this, the main ones being that the sequin fabric is slightly see-through, and because felt doesn’t fray, it also disguises any fraying around the edges of the sequin fabric, meaning that you don’t have worry too much about that.  There are several better ways of doing this that involve sticky iron-on backing, but my way was a lot faster [and easier to do in a classroom].
4. Wait until the glue is dry, and then cut around the letters, as close to the felt as possible.
5. Space your letters out onto the tank top, and if necessary, mark with a pen underneath where you’d like them each to be placed.
6. Sew them on.  I just did a cross in the corner and a [very spaced out] small running stitch down the middle of each letter, but if you wanted to do a slightly better job, you could sew just inside the edges all the way around.  If you wanted to be really fancy, you could use embroidery thread and do a buttonhole stitch around the outside of each letter, but who has time for that kind of thing these days?  Also, if you were going to do that, then you’d probably need to use some sort of adhesive to stick the letters onto the shirt first.

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And voilà, there you have it – your very own SLUT shirt, just like Lindsay’s!  Mine was far from perfect, but if you take a little more time than I did [and try the tank top on before you buy it – mine was too tight, which distorted the text a little bit], then you could make yourself a pretty convincing replica.  Make sure you wear it next time you visit Pop-Pop in prison.

Screencap from “My Mother, the Car”, via the Arrested Development Wiki.

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