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    Aug 5, 2011, 7:35 PM - The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #1

    Me and I'm guessing many others have wanted this, look I'm no expert but that's the point of this forum, to gather vast groups of experts in many fields.

    Willy Wonka is complicated costume, be it Wilder's version or some of Depp's suits so any help on everything would be much appreciated by many costumers and newcomers alike
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    Aug 6, 2011, 2:58 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #2

    Which do you prefer--the original, or the new one?
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    Aug 6, 2011, 8:51 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #3

    i myself prefers Depp's but i have a special place in my heart for wilder being the first movie i saw
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    Aug 6, 2011, 11:06 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #4

    Johnny's Willy Wonka looks very much like late Victorian or Edwardian clothing, pants, a paisely patterned shirt with a stand up collar and a double breasted waistcoat with a high round neck.

    Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka is an almost straight up Victorian outfit. A Purple velvet frock coat, a single breasted collared waistcoat in a very horrendous purple flowered pattern, white shirt, a large poofy tie and gray pants.
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    Aug 6, 2011, 4:09 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #5

    Depp's Wonka's vest seems to resemble a civil war coat minus the arms
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    Sep 9, 2011, 3:09 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #6

    I am trying to locate fabric to make a Depp-style Wonka coat. Any hints?
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    Oct 8, 2011, 7:13 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #7

    I spent alot of time and research on the Johnny Depp version..
    Start with the Red Balls jacket..They did all the work for you ..
    I made the band for the hat(the hat cost me $60)
    The collar and cuffs are fake attachments and give the illusion of a full shirt..
    The vest I made from a modified old style military coat pattern that I just used half the pattern to make a vest..
    The watchfob is just chain and a wooden ball painted silver..
    I found the purple gloves on eBay ..They are closer to the purple Depp gloves than anything I've seen...
    I made the cane from scratch..the base of the cane was plastic molded by myself to look like the real cane..
    If you need any detailed info on any of the steps, I'll gladly help..
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    Oct 8, 2011, 7:17 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #8

    FYI ...
    There's a guy who makes the most amazing Johnny Depp(most characters)costumes if you want to get a closer look ...Google "SithCamaro" The guy is absolutely amazing..
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    Oct 8, 2011, 10:43 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #9

    depp said: View Post
    FYI ...
    There's a guy who makes the most amazing Johnny Depp(most characters)costumes if you want to get a closer look ...Google "SithCamaro" The guy is absolutely amazing..
    Ive seen his work and am very impressed, as i am with your Wonka costume, what did you use to make the hat band?
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    Oct 8, 2011, 8:15 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #10

    I'm excited to see how this thread develops. I'm currently working on the Wilder version.
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    Oct 9, 2011, 7:37 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #11

    The band was made from a burlap material, and it was actually tan...I dyed it black..Then stitched the blue in with a machine...I'm lucky to have a fabric warehouse store near me to find all this stuff...Remember..It's all about getting from point A to point B...Sometimes you have to just match the textures first and use dyes to get the effect..And be anal about matching colors...Those little things really make the difference..I went through over 30 reds to find the closest red to the band underneath the black one..And about 20 blues to find the right thread for the stitching...
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    Oct 9, 2011, 11:53 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #12

    i saw this post and had to comment
    here is a link to my Cosplay Page
    Cosplay.com - Willy Wonka - ConnorB

    the costume has been updated since then as well with a better hat and a few more shirts. i really cant stop making Wonka Costumes

    and this Christmas will be the debut of my Christmas Wonka ^^
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    Dec 16, 2011, 10:34 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #13









    This was my costume for Halloween back in 2010 =3
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    Aug 20, 2012, 5:41 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #14

    love your wonka costume! how did you make the 'W' letter please?
    thanks karin
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    Oct 12, 2012, 3:59 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #15

    does anyone have the W pin for sale? willing to buy this since sith cameroo seems to have retired.
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    Oct 20, 2012, 6:19 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #16

    cheshire1337 said: View Post
    does anyone have the W pin for sale? willing to buy this since sith cameroo seems to have retired.
    I was just going to take a crack at making my own. My son is dying to be Willy for Halloween. I'm quite a crafty chick and I make jewelry. My plan is:

    Find a good sized "W" online and print it up as a pattern/template.
    Trace it on good sturdy cardboard (better than card stock; IE, and old cereal box or from a cardboard box).
    Spray paint it in gold or use a paint pen in gold and color the "W." Let dry.
    Use a hot glue gun to add a pin finding to the back and glue the "W" to that...let it dry overnight.

    Voila.

    What say you? I'll post pics of mine when I get it done.
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    Apr 8, 2013, 5:01 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #17

    I would love to know more about the making of the cane
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    Oct 7, 2013, 6:30 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #18

    sonicprops said: View Post
    I would love to know more about the making of the cane
    Me too.. I've been looking into the relevant tubing/rods and also trying to find the knob on the top or something similar I can paint up. It's frustrating as this is one of the last few parts I need to make!
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    Nov 28, 2013, 10:15 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #19

    I've taken it upon myself to design and print the waistcoat material onto Satin - this is gonna take me a while and is just a start.

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    Mar 23, 2014, 11:33 AM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #20

    brulafu said: View Post
    I've taken it upon myself to design and print the waistcoat material onto Satin - this is gonna take me a while and is just a start.

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    Any update on your pattern?
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    Jul 2, 2014, 6:22 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #21

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    I make a great cane replica if anyone who finds this thread needs one...I also do all the other pieces, including an acrylic "W" brooch replica, and the vest.
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    Jul 2, 2014, 6:33 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #22

    "Good costumes aren't cheap, and cheap costumes aren't good"
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    Jul 10, 2015, 10:47 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #23

    so....this thread is ancient but...today is the 10th anniversary of C and the CF! I have been somewhat working on a budget, did try to find the Redball coat but couldn't find one big enough so found a women's winter coat at Goodwill and had my mom help modifying it! My little girl is having a Wonka birthday next month and this was a costume I was eying so it was excuse to do it...here's where I am so far. The band on the hat has since been shortened to make the hat look taller, the coat has had some more work done...my wife doesn't want me to shave because she hates it but I'm going this far I plan on committing to it...makeup and all :P

    SithsPadawan, what wig did you use? I am okay I guess with the Venetian man one I got but it doesn't look exactly like the stock photo like I had hoped.
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    Oct 14, 2015, 5:00 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #24

    Thought you guys might like to see my Will Wonka...

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    That sounds so wrong saying that.

    A few more details here.
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    Jan 20, 2016, 5:59 PM - Re: The Definitive Willy Wonka Costume Thread #25

    Great job, PropDad! Here are some pics of mine, although I haven't finished putting the jacket's edge trim on yet...

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    The hat was indeed the Brown Squire Shannon Phillips top hat which may be found on eBay. The cane was custom made by me. The wig was purchased on ebay and then cut/styled accordingly. Here is the wig I used... fingers crossed that this link works for everyone... http://tinyurl.com/hvtroab

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