Cosplay Complete!

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Hey readers, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted but I feel like I have a good excuse – I’ve been focusing on some costume work and getting ready for PAX South, a gaming convention in San Antonio. Now I’m back home and relaxing from a busy weekend. And I can finally show you my completed Elizabeth Cosplay!
To recap from my last cosplay post – this is the character Elizabeth from the 2013 game Bioshock Infinite where she lives in a floating city in the sky called Columbia set in 1912. Here’s a few in-game shots of her:

If you want to see a bit of Liz in action you can watch this trailer on youtube. However, it’s definitely a violent game so keep that in mind before you click.

PAX was my first convention so I was nervous at first but once I saw plenty of other cosplayers running around I felt more confident about being dressed up in a silly costume. I only wore it for a few hours – my boots weren’t very comfy and Justin tied my corset a little too tight, oops.

I got lots of compliments and quite a few photo requests. I usually went with my standard “fiddle with the pinky thimble” pose. This character doesn’t have any weapons so there’s not exactly a cool action pose I can do.

I only saw one other Elizabeth there which was surprising because I figured she’d be pretty popular.

I wrote about most of the pieces of my costume in my in-progress post but here are the finishing touches I made since then —

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Necklace: a length of satin-y ribbon with clasps at the back (which I realize now should have been tighter). The bird brooch came from this etsy shop and I was surprised by how nice it looked considering how inexpensive it was. It’s pinned to the ribbon but the weight drags it down.

Jacket: I added the collar and hemmed it… with stitch witchery. ‘Cause lazy. Also, the shiny material shows stitches, even when trying to make a blind hem. The stitch witchery was just easier and gave it a clean finish.

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Skirt: At the last minute I added a pocket in one of the side seams which helped out so much with carrying cards and phone and whatnot. Pockets FTW!

Petticoat: Actually, this is a huge petticoat that I originally made to go over a Civil War era hoop. The petticoat is probably too big for the skirt, to be honest. For the hem hem I attached a 1 foot wide box pleated strip of fabric which gives the hem a nice kick but took it FOREVER to press and sew.

It also got pretty dirty from walking around. πŸ™ Oh, well. It’s white which is easy to clean.

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Shoes: Bought some “victorian-esque” style boots from Amazon. They have a zipper on the insides which is kind of cheating but that’s ok. They did they job but certainly weren’t that comfortable.

And my thimble is on the right finger! In the game Elizabeth is missing part of her pinky which she covers up with a thimble.

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I’m actually really proud of myself. I’m not usually one to dress up at events like this and I tend to shy away from attention in general but I went out of my comfort zone and I think I did a pretty darn good job of recreating the character.

  • You did an amazing job! I’ve not played Bioshock myself, but my brother has and you really nailed Elizabeth’s look. Cosplay is so much fun, right?

  • Awesome work !

  • Thewallinna

    I no nothing about Elizabeth, but you look stunning in this costume!

  • Amanda Adams

    This is simply fantastic! I love seeing the amount of time, effort and care that goes into cosplay at conventions- no wonder peeps had photo requests, your Elizabeth is bang on the money!

  • Sandra Julian

    OMG the best costume! Such a huge amount of work and well worth it, congradulations.

  • Margo Gillaspy

    I think you look wonderful! Great job on the costume.

  • This is fantastic!!! I bet yours was easily one of the most well made costumes there. I’m so impressed with your corsetry. I haven’t done any Cosplay events but I’ve definitely been to my fair share of Ren Fests, costumes balls, and I even went to Faerie Con a few years in a row lol. SO fun.

  • This is awesome! It looks exactly like the pics in my opinion. You did an amazing job.

  • Woiwsers! This is absolutely amazing! I bet this was the best costume there. Lynne

  • Looks amazing! Awesome job! After sewing up my Dog Lady dress I really need to get started on my GoT cosplay/halloween costume

  • Awesome! so much fun!

  • Looks great!

  • Roseana Auten

    Aren’t you glad you wore this somewhere where people appreciated it??

  • Chloe Anderson

    Really beautifully done! You nailed the look of Elizabeth so well, and your corset is super. And how fitting is the thimble element – it brings everything together.

  • juebejue

    beautiful! its such an accurate costume and you look so cute in it. even your hair matches!

  • LSV

    You look so authentic and absolutely gorgeous!

  • lisa g

    Your costume came out so great!! I don’t know anything about the game/character, but it looks like you did a spot on rendition. Beautiful!

  • It’s awesome! Looks just like her!

    I haven’t played Bioshock, but my husband has. I have a really hard time with games like that because I’m not good at using modern controllers, lol! Like seriously, I can’t walk and aim a gun at the same time… So I have to play all the kiddie/family games on Nintendo.

  • B.

    You look great!

  • Haha, yeah. It was kinda cool hearing people call me elizabeth and immediately recognize the character.

  • Thank you!

  • Thanks so much!

  • Thank you! This was my first go at cosplaying and I liked it a lot.

  • Thanks! I made that corset for something else So I got real lucky that I could easily adjust it for this costume.

  • Thanks!! It took me awhile to get used to newer controllers. I still get confused when I switch between xbox and Playstation ’cause the buttons are all different.

  • Thanks! Yeah, I didn’t want to wear a wig so this costume worked well with that. πŸ˜‰

  • For the longest time I wanted to be Dany, but the more I think about it, I think Arya is my favourite character to read, so I might see what costumes she has season 5 and then decide which Arya costume to start working on. Plus: no wig=bonus!

  • Thanks! I think mine looked pretty good but there were certainly some elaborate and impressive costumes there.

  • Thanks! It was funny, I was too shy to ask other cosplayers if I could take pics of them even as people were taking pics of me.

  • Thanks!!

  • thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Thanks! Oooh, which Got character are you going to be?

  • Thanks!! I’ve only been to one ren fair but not in costume. I think that’s a future goal. Gotta find more places to dress up now!

  • This turned out so well. It looks exactly like the character. I showed your post to my partner and he recognized the character immediately. He makes video games for a living whereas I occasionally dabble.

  • Nothy Lane

    Wow, you look great. I love that colour blue on you. You do look exactly like the character.

  • Captain Jana

    Oh my God you look exactly like Elisabeth… you are so beautifull! I want to cosplay Elisabeth too, in the future… I hope i look as good as you do, here πŸ™‚ xxx