Hot! The “Loki’s Army” Outfit

The Facts
Fabric: Black cotton $10, green cotton from stash $0, green satin $5, gold pleather $3
Pattern: Simplicity 1802 for the top and self-drafted everything else
Year: 2012
Notions: Zipper $1, hem tape, safety pins (for cape) and headband from stash
Time to complete: 18 hours (1 full season of 30 Rock plus all of Thor and The Avengers and some various Halloween movies too)
First worn: Two weeks ago to the Halloween party at my work
Wear again? Wearing again on Halloween to hand out treats, and will wear as a normal dress after removing some bits
Total price: ~$19

It’s become sort of a “thing” for husband and I to dress up for Halloween as a couple. Ok, that’s totally all my doing. He wouldn’t care if we didn’t dress up, but he does like Halloween as a holiday.

This year it took me what felt like a long time to commit to our costumes. I was afraid Loki was just too involved to be worth it. And who would husband go as?! He just humours me with this and prefers it to not be involved at all, so that eliminated a lot of possibilities. He finally agreed to be Agent Phil Coulson because it’s the least involved costume that is still recognizable…and also awesome!! So that sealed the deal. This was the only picture I got of us together.

I did and I didn’t go for a realistic version of Loki’s costume from the Avengers film. I kept some elements but took some liberties with them as well. I figured black, green, gold and horns were the basic elements. And a tesseract (or “Cosmic Cube”) for good measure.

The top of the dress is from Simplicity 1802, but I did a half-circle skirt for the bottom. The cape and what I can only describe as a “sort-of stomacher” are removable. The stomacher-like thing is sewn in place at the sides for now, but I will take it off later so I can wear the dress just normally.

The horns I conceived myself. Loki’s helmet has horns like a goat, which of course they don’t market with the rest of the Avengers toys and costumes, and I couldn’t find anything similar so I had to improvise. I based mine off of those devil horn headbands you see everywhere around this time of year. Except I attached my horns so they curve back like a goat, as opposed to inward. It was easy to cover the headband with a gold ribbon first, I just slip stitched it around. And then I sewed the horns onto the ribbon. Up-close the stitching isn’t the prettiest, but it got the job done and my hair covers most of the ugly bits.

I had to retake a few photos because I realized I look crabby, not menacing, in the first set. We were going for God of Mischief in the second take, but I think it’s still a bit God of Skepticism. Hmmm.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. What a great interpretation of Loki : ) Your husband is the third Agent Phil Coulson I’ve seen and I had no idea who/what he was until last week. You two are an adorable couple! I hope you have a great time tomorrow night and have survived Sandy intact.

    • Thanks, Loran! I sadly didn’t see a single other Avenger in all the Halloween stuff I did this year! We weren’t in the path of the bad parts of Sandy, so we did just fine, but thanks for thinking of us!

  2. I’m going to have to look this one up. I think you look cool though. I was wondering what you were holding there-maybe a candle for the party? No-Tesseract! Of course-why didn’t I see that before? That last picture is my absolute favorite!

  3. Great costume! You and your husband look so cute! I really am not familiar with The Avengers or the characters, but your do look like a super hero. I like the fact that you’ll be able to wear the black part as a normal dress. That’s what I put together for this week too.

    • Thanks, Barbara! Wearing the cape was kind of the best thing ever. I’m a big fan of things being part of my “all the time” wardrobe, not just for special occasions. Any thing I can do to make it flexible is worth the effort.

  4. So rad Liz, you guys look fab, I too like the idea that you can wear this after Halloween.

    • Thanks, Kazz. We felt rad! Even though hardly anyone knew who we were. Apparently the Avengers is just bigger at our house, lol. Oh well, it was fun.