The Making Of: Annie
Here's a bit of an overview on how I went about making my Annie (from League of Legends) cosplay. I made her original classic skin, not the new one--I don't really enjoy sweater vests.
For the dress, I used a pattern from Simplicity. I can't remember the specific one, but just browse around and I'm sure you'll find something suiting. I did mod it a bit, mostly the length and the cuffs. The fabric I used was a type of stretch, lightweight cotton material.
For the collar, you could easily just layer the dress over a button up shirt. I had one I ordered off eBay already (it's an accessory sort of thing), so I just used that.
To make the skirt poofy, I took tulle and attached it to an elastic band I cut and sewed to fit me. All i did to attach the tulle was cut long, thick strips and tie it around the elastic band, at the center of the tulle strip (hope that makes sense-you end up getting two layers from that one strip).For her leg warmers, I used two different fabrics and sewed them together in a horizontal stripe pattern. I cut multiple strips of each color about 2 1/2 inches wide--with seam allowance on either side. The very top strip is folded over and has an elastic band sewn inside. The fabric I used was the same as the dress, a comfortable, lightweight cotton with some stretch to it. To make the pattern--so they would have the right shape and length--I used newspaper and created a cone shape around my leg.
I also added lace around the bottom of the dress.
For the fire, I used red, yellow and orange tulle and wrapped those around a battery-powered, flickering tea candle ($1 for 2 on eBay). I cut and shaped it better after it was wrapped around the candle. Just fiddle with it till it looks how you'd like.
I already owned a cat ear headband, so I traced those ears and made a sort of covering using the fabric I used on the leg warmers. A cardboard base glued onto a headband could work just as well (or stuffed ears).
I also made some bear heads using the fabric I used for the leg warmers and attached those to a small, pink backpack I already owned.
Tibbers was bough from the Riot store.
And that's how I made Annie. Hope any future Annie cosplayers can find this helpful.
I also sell some of the accessories, like the leg warmers, in my store!
~Positive outcomes only! :)
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