Debuted: Ani-Me Holiday Fest 2015
I really wanted to have a festive, holiday cosplay of some sort. Riot always releases great holiday skins around Christmas, so I instantly decided to choose a League of Legends character. It wasn't too tough of a decision for me to choose Katarina's Christmas skin. I love the character so much and her skin was so gorgeous. It was a fairly easy choice.
I started on this cosplay in December, I believe. So it didn't take too long to make seeing as I debuted it at the end of the month.
I took a dress pattern I already had and removed the top half (collar+sleeves) to create the shape of her dress. After that it was a lot of sewing on the faux leather details, adding grommets and lacing through them and hand-sewing on the fuzzy lining. Not having the chance to go out and buy more ribbon, I took some pink ribbon I already owned and painted it white. The paint actually helped. It stiffened the ribbon and helped it maintain it's shape.
I made all the belts for this outfit. I used the same faux leather that I used on the dress for the choker, gloves and belts. I added grommets to all the bels and attached belt buckles.
Basically everything with the clothing aspect of the costume. All I had to do now was sew together strips of white and red fabric and then fit that around my arms and legs to create the stockings and upper part of the gloves.
For the antlers, I took an old headband and attached some green ribbon to get the right color of the base. After that I sewed and stuffed some antlers and then glued them on. That same green ribbon was also used to create the bows that appear throughout her outfit.
The swords were made from a foam board. Using a reference photo, I drew out the shape I wanted on paper and then transfer that to the foam board. This foam board wasn't ideal. I picked out the wrong material when shopping but in the end it worked out anyways. It was coated with wood glue and seam lines where smoothed out using Bondo's gap filler. To create the stars, I took a thin sheet of cardboard, added small cuts from one end of a point to another and bent it. This gave it the 3D shape I needed. The handles were actually made out of those candy cane tubes that hold candy in them (such as Reese's or Sprees). When everything was attached and sealed, I began painting. I used a mix of spray paint (for the gold), acrylic paint (for the red) and oil paint (for the shading).
What was made?
Dress. Stockings. Antlers. Swords. Belt. Gloves. Choker.
What was bought?
Photographers: Madoka, Nick O.
Editor: Arlena Fae