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BEST Cowl Lining Tutorial (w/ pics)


Ok guys ive seen too many of you all struggle squeezing into your cowls, either pulling it on, wetting your head with water or KY Jelly, or using baby powder. Ive never done ANY of those. My ultimate goal to costume as batman is make it FUN! And how do you make it Fun??? MAKE IT COMFORTABLE!!!!!!

This is a great way to line your Cowls so go on and come off extremely easy every time. In my opinion it is really the only way you should wear your cowls. Ive done it with all of my cowls and its the only way I will ever wear them. Slides right on and off with little discomfort at all.

Supplies you need are 1.) COWL 2.) Thin Slick spandex / lycra fabric 3.) Superglue (i prefer Locktite Gel)
For this tutorial I'm using Reevz amazing Jim Lee inspired Cowl. Im choosing to use a navy blue underarmor lycra I have that's thin and slick.

Here is your cowl, brand new, nice and grippy on the inside making sliding this baby on very painful, particularly for a guy like me with hair.
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Here are my supplies. Fabric is just a scrap i cut to go around the interior openning fully and hang into the cowl most of the way in, at least past the neck.
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Lay the fabric inside just to check.
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Glue about 1/2 inch down at the opening edge of the cowl. I Roll the fabric in about 1/2 as well to keep the edges really clean looking. Glue a little bit at a time going all the way around. Plan where you want the ends of the fabric to meet up as well. For my it was the right side of the cowl. I dont like doing the front or back.
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Most of the cowl lined
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More of the cowl lined
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Cowl completely lined. I folded the last edge of the end inward and glued it down , also overlaping some of the other fabric already glued down, but only about and inch or so more in (your choice)
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Last thing youll need to do is trim up any excess that might annoying get in your face putting the cowl on. Might take some work to trim just right. I even glued some of the fabric to the inner face to keep it in place better, but being able to let the fabric hang out of the cowl helps with drying if it gets soaked badly.


Lastly here is a quick video showing how easy it is to slip the cowl on and off. (Excuse the excess fabric I get in my face, still trimming it)
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nice one! loving the doo mate! haha
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Wow. Great stuff. Wonder why more guys don't do this?

Here's an idea: has anyone tried/would it work if you just glued a spandex hood on the inside?

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Quote:

Terry McGinnis wrote:

Wow. Great stuff. Wonder why more guys don't do this?

Here's an idea: has anyone tried/would it work if you just glued a spandex hood on the inside?




Yes and No... That could work, but having something form fit to your head already wouldnt work once its fully on. You cant get your hands in to adjust the form fit hood when the cowls on your head. With having the fabric loose on the inside it allows you to slide it on and not have to play with it really.


Why havent more guys done this? Cause I guess they arent Batman enough to figure something this simple out! :batman


Just kidding guys :nahnah

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Awesome tutorial.:applaude

Dude are you working on a Hush suit? :surprise

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So, is it still loose enough to where it doesn't grab your noggin when you put the cowl on? I can see your pictures....I guess I just don't know what I am looking at....


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SMOOTH BRO! And that cowl looks killer on you!
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So, is it still loose enough to where it doesn't grab your noggin when you put the cowl on? I can see your pictures....I guess I just don't know what I am looking at....





Its REALLY slick now, it wont pull on your head at all bro. IF you want to test this out, get some spandex, lay it inside the cowl like my first pics, and then pull the cowl on. Youll see how easily it works. I just glue it in because it works great.

And yea i am working on a Jim lee suit, its just about done. Im waiting for my custom leather boots, gloves, and briefs to arrive. Im doing a really quality version of the suit. I dont want to make a cheap comic suit. And thanks David, ill get more shots up when im done.

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I have plans to do this, I just need the material. Great tutorial, though!

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