Elektra was an ambitious project for me. My costumes prior to Elektra were bagged female Robin, bagged Bo Peep, and Calie Liddle. Calie was created with a typical French Maid pattern plus a waist cincher and a few modifications. Starting up my sewing machine for Calie was challenging. I was scared. I was not new to sewing, but it had been a very long time and when I did sew I was never confident in my skills (I am still not exactly confident). However, I was happy with Calie’s result so I decided to try creating Elektra.
|The top part of Elektra|
I did not have a pattern for the bottom of the leotard or the skirt. For the bottom, I took one of my favorite bikini bottoms and quite literally laid it on the spandex and cut it out. For the skirt, I took my hip measurements and the length I wanted the skirt to fall to. I then sketched out the pattern on some paper. Initially, I wanted the front part of the skirt to be shorter then the back, but when I tried the costume on after creating it in such a way I didn’t think it looked very attractive. I then cut out the front and created a new front piece to match the length of the back.
|My homemade computer paper pattern.|
Next I added a spandex waist band. I made the waistband open on the bottom so I could give it the look of being tied on. I also left the hips free of any stitching so I could thread the sash through the side and put my sai’s in the waistband as well.
I racked my brain over the skull cap, until I realized it’s just a do-rag. I found a wonderful pattern online and voila the perfect skull cap. In researching this I also found out that children going through chemo love do-rags and it’s rare they get any not to mention finding a child size pattern is tricky. But if you happen to be making do-rags they are always a welcome donation for children going through chemo.
The original footwear consisted of red ballet shoes. These were very difficult to find. I added red knee high stockings and wrapped spandex strips around my calves. The original arm and leg bands were athletic tape.
|No contacts here, |
but the wig in it's full glory
The original sash was spandex but I found it to be heavy so I switched to a lighter fabric.
The arm and leg bands are now spandex and held in place with body glue. Bands tend to slip on me regardless of how tight I make them, plus I keep changing so what once was tight may not be by time I wear it. So I have the added security of the body glue. In fact, when I wore Elektra to the 2012 NYCC the leg bands were too big and I had just made them a month prior to the show. One of the bands was so loose I had to pin it tighter after gluing. Circus just keeps tightening everything up and in the last month there has been a huge difference everywhere. My super girl boots are no longer tight on my calves either and when I made them they were a touch too snug.
Elektra is so much fun to cosplay at conventions! The only issue is that the red costume blends into the carpet, but she is a fun character regardless.
I would like to remake the leotard in the future. Mostly because of the way I attached the top, skirt, and bottoms. Now that I have been sewing more I have better ideas and ways to make it work. I think I would prefer to have the leotard it’s own piece and then the waist band with the skirt as a separate piece that either attaches similar to a belt or is sewn on but like a belt. I may possibly try yet another fabric for the tail of the sash as my lighter fabric does not have as much drape to it. All the accessories for Elektra are perfect as of now.
However, I am still very happy with this cosplay and it’s one of my favorites. A labor of love for sure. I learned a lot piecing this costume together. I keep thinking about skrull Elektra, and then I remember how much I don’t like body paint on me or on my costumes. The idea of potentially ruining any of my costumes kills me.