- First worn to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party 2014
- Spent around $150 on the costume and $40 on the contacts
- Worked on this costume for two months
Why make Elizabeth? It's more like why not! Seriously, Bioshock Infinite was such an amazing game experience, and how could you not fall in love with Elizabeth. She really is a cosplayers dream as her look is elegant and her character is so strong and determined. This costume was on my list for a while as I felt that she and I had a similar look. I always thought the perfect opportunity to photograph this costume would be at Disney during Halloween. So last year we made plans to attend during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and it was finally time to bring this costume to life.
I always knew when I made this costume I would use velvet, you can tell by the in game texture that the fabric is NOT satin. Sometimes you can take artistic liberties, but I wanted to stay accurate to the game and the time period with this costume. I searched around online and found the perfect shade of blue velvet and made my purchase on eBay. I used Simplicity pattern 2953 to make the skirt, I did a hand gather on the side instead of cutting the fabric to be asymmetrical. The vintage white lace along the bottom was from my aunts sewing collection that she left me and it was perfect fit. For the bolero I used Simplicity 0788, I had to alter this pattern a bit on the collar and sleeves but it was an easy change. Corsets scare me so I opted to buy one on Amazon and alter it, I hand sewed on the lace and all of the black ribbon. It ended up being a little too big on me so I added side darts so that it would be more form fitting. To add volume to the skirt I wear a petticoat underneath; the costume simply doesn't have the right look without it.
The necklace was gifted to me by Hoodedwoman and I used a wig and boots that I already from previous costumes. I also wear blue circles lenses to match the characters eye color, as I naturally have brown eyes.
Final thought; I love being Elizabeth! There is nothing more fun than twirling around in a big velvet skirt.