All month long I’ve been sharing Super Mario Bros-themed DIYs for my official 2022 Mario Month, and today’s post pulls all the Wario costume pieces together with some final touches to round out an easy DIY Wario costume.
For a refresher, here’s the yellow-and-purple guy himself:
And here’s how my cosplay turned out:
You will need:
- purple pants
- yellow tshirt
- white gloves
- fabric OR suspenders in purple shade to match pants
- if you use fabric, you’ll need 2 claw hooks
- small amount white felt
- sewing needle & white and purple sewing thread
- DIY Wario hat
- DIY Wario mustache
- green shoes (optional)
- iron (optional)
- glue gun & glue sticks (optional)
To make the Wario hat you can follow my DIY instructions here.
My easy DIY instructions for the Wario mustache are posted here.
Wario’s gloves are a pair of simple white gloves with a rolled cuff and large blue “W”s on the back of each hand. I used an inexpensive pair of winter “one-size-fits-all” stretchy gloves and the same dark blue felt as for the W on his hat.
Because my costume was needed for several performances with quick (and rough) costume changes, I sewed the “W”s into place with matching thread. If you’re not worried about durability you can choose to use hot glue instead. In both cases, however, I would attach the letter while wearing the glove, as if you sewed it while laying flat it would not stretch properly once worn. (The glue or stitches would hinder the gloves’ stretch and the letters would appear wonky and/or possibly detach).
Repeat the process for the other hand.
Note: I’m right-handed, so it was easy to sew the left glove while wearing it, but not as easy for the right. At first I tried to compensate by wearing the left glove backwards on my right hand, so I could continue to sew with my dominant hand.
Unfortunately the results look terrible. Therefore I really recommend wearing the glove on the appropriate hand and sewing with your non-dominant one if necessary. If you go slow and take small stitches while awkward…it’s not impossible, and the results look much better.
Wario’s clothes consist of a solid-color yellow tshirt and purple pants with suspenders. I’ve linked suitable options for all three items above, though for my costume I was lucky and found the shirt and pants at my local thrift store. I didn’t think Amazon would have purple suspenders so I made my own. I happened to have some purple fabric at home so used that, though the color match wasn’t the best.
To make the suspenders yourself, put on the pants and and take the following measurements:
Length: measure the length in inches from the waistband in front, up and over the shoulder, and down the back to the waistband in back. Add 3-4″ to this measurement.
Width: the desired width of your suspenders in inches, doubled, plus 1″.
You will first create a tube by folding your fabric in half lengthwise, wrong-sides out, and then sewing a line about 1/2″ in from the open edge.
Once your tube is secure, carefully flip it inside-out. A knitting needle/skewer/chopstick is handy for this! Arrange the fabric so the seam is in the center and iron or finger-press the edges down to keep the strip flat.
The 3-4″ inches extra length added were for use in attaching the suspenders. If your pants have belt loops, first pass one raw edge through the opening of the claw hook, fold the edge in about 1/2″ and then sew down securely. My hook rotates but if yours is stationary be sure to have the side of the tube with the seam at the back.
Once the hook is attached, fold the other raw edge over as well and then sew it to the pants at the rear waistband, again being sure to have the seam on the inside. If you prefer a less permanent option, you can use claw hooks on the other end of the tube as well, and attach on both sides using the belt loops.
If your pants don’t have belt loops you will need to sew all 4 edges into place.
Wario’s pants are actually overalls with big white buttons but it’s easier to create suspenders and then fake the button look on top. If you prefer to make overall straps then instead of attaching claw hooks you will need to make a buttonhole and then sew 2 buttons onto your pants. I was worried buttons might undo during my dance number so I went for the more secure option of suspenders.
To fake the button look, cut two circles out of white felt and stitch (or hot glue) them into place above where the suspenders attach.
With that, your Wario costume is done! I wore this during a performance with fast quick-changes, so having my next costume underneath was the perfect way to add some padding and give Wario his more rounded physique.
Here’s the full 2022 Mario Month summary:
- Super Mario Bros Warp Pipe set piece
- Mario, Luigi, Wario & Waluigi Easy DIY felt hats
- Mario, Luigi, Wario & Waluigi Easy DIY costume mustaches
- Wario full costume DIY (this post)
- Super Mario Bros bricks stage runner