No Sew Cosplay: Marty McFly from Back to the Future


If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything!

Undershirt: It’s pretty easy to get an undershirt for this cosplay. If you want to be exact, Marty is wearing a red undershirt like this one. 

Shirt: The shirt that Marty McFly has on is an interesting pattern but is ultimately checkered. I found one that had a similar feel to his where the lines where they intersect are darker here. The shirt is not the one with the polka-dot underside, I found out from looking at pictures. Instead, it is actually the denim jacket!



Vest: Marty is wearing a red quilted vest with buttons, not a zipper, but in this case finding a vest with buttons that is reasonably priced is a bit difficult. I found one that was pretty darn perfect for this outfit, but the larger sizes of the red vest are pricey and close to the $80 range (top picture)! If you want to get close to the idea but aren’t concerned about the details to save some money, than this jacket will also work and is about half the price. It’s also reversible if that interests you for future use.


Denim Jacket: Unfortunately finding a denim jacket that just so happens to have polka-dots in the inside lining is pretty much impossible in my opinion so I instead opted to try to find a denim jacket that had a darker top portion than the bottom area, similar to the way that Marty’s has a sectioned off darker part at the top and on parts of the sleeves. It’s pretty subtle but this one is close in terms of capturing that. My suggestion for the sleeves would be to attempt to add that detail with fabric paint or actually resort to sewing in a lining just for the cuffs. I did find a jacket that doesn’t have the color split but has a white lining that would make it easier here.


Wrist Watch: Marty has a calculator wrist-watch like this one here. Be sure to be constantly puzzled about the time, as  your watch won’t work in the past… Future… Whatever!


Jeans: If you don’t already have a pair of regular fit jeans than a pair like this one should do pretty nicely.

Shoes: The outfit that I chose to do this article on does not have Marty wearing his classic white hover-board shoes. In fact, instead he’s wearing a pair of white skater shoes with the red Nike brand swish. I found this exact pair here though Marty’s are clearly worn and used and the red swish has faded considerably.


Which character do you want to see featured next? Leave a comment below with a suggestion and I will see what magic I can work for you!


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