Lookie Lookie, It’s a Rufio Costume

rufio costume

Rufio is one of the most memorable characters in the 1991 film Hook. Played by Dante Basco, the leader of the Lost Boys had the coolest costume and some of the best lines in the movie. Instructables user mactothefuture made a Rufio costume for his brother, and it looks pretty close to what we see on screen. He used the following materials: black faux leather, black canvas fabric, fusible interfacing, red fabric, black thread, black embroidery thread, sewing machine, wood beads, embroidery needle, scissors, iron, drill, vice, pins, colored pencil and paper.

He made his own pattern for the vesst after watching the film for research:

Once the shape was achieved and all seams were marked, I transferred this design to a paper pattern.

I created a sample jacket for a test fit before I used any of my good fabric.

Once the fit was decided, I began cutting out the jacket pieces from the faux leather and sewing the seams together.

For the top shoulder piece, I used a base layer of black canvas and fusible interfacing to thicken it up. With my sewing machine I created a quilted pattern using straight stitches. I used a ruler and a white colored pencil to mark guides before each stitch to keep them straight and evenly spaced, then wiped off the colored pencil markings with a damp cloth.

I created the arm fringe by cutting out strips of fabric, folding over the edges and topstitching down. I used 52 pieces of fringe in total. I sewed each piece of fringe to the shoulder seam, alternating colors. I added the wood beads to the fringe, and knotted the fabric at the tips to keep the beads from falling off. I had to drill out a larger hole in each bead so the fringe would fit through the hole.

The back “tail” of the jacket is constructed of 2 pieces of faux leather for the front and back. I marked out the fringe strips with a ruler and white colored pencil. I used pins to keep the fabric in place while I topstitched the fabric together. Then used scissors to separate the pieces. Next I added the wood beads to the fringe which fit tightly and did not require a knot.

To complete the jacket, I added some hand-stitched details to the pocket openings and yoke seams. I used embroidery thread and an embroidery needle.

rufio costume wip 1

rufio costume wip 2

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