Costume :Karina Lyle
Variant :Normal/casual wear
Source :Tiger and Bunny
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Hyper Japan Spring 2012

Costume Photos

Fancy this?

On a regular day...

Secret whisper

When I am out of cosplay, Pepsi isn't my choice XD

If only life would be like this 24 7

Off duty

The rose's melody

Beyond this city


Costume Information

Cost : £50-60 ish
Time Taken : Less than 2 weeks

Worn also at: Kitacon 4 April 2012

LOVE this series for the interesting concept of super heroes and love the characters ^_~ even though I honestly didn't expect much from it at first... I wanted to cosplay as someone from this series and Karina seemed to be my best bet (even though I do dread parts of her outfit but not as much as her Blue rose one though - I like her super hero design but for the sake of not burning every ones eyes, I'm sticking with her normal one lol) I wasn't sure about Karina at first but I've grown to really like her -^^- Dunno when I'll get this done for though :/

UPDATE 15/02/12

For those of you who have asked me what I was going as for Hyper Japan and I replied, I'm not sure, it was cos of this! ^^;; Seriously from just buying the pattern, I had problems and the string of nightmares don't seem to quit with this cosplay with just the jacket to go and installation of the zip DX I so hope I can get this finished as there is more than a week to go but I am dreading it... I doubt I'll be able to finish making boot covers so normal boots will have to do... seriously, I'll need a huge break after this is 'complete' DX

UPDATE 26/02/12

Though I do intend to make boot covers way later, I will put this as complete - it was fun wearing Karina and she must be one of the most comfiest cosplays I've worn as it wasn't a massive trail dress this time XD I loved how there was an Ivan and a Kotetsu at Hyper Japan! made my day :3

UPDATE 17/04/12

One of my highlights for wearing this at Kitacon were these two japanese girls who cried, "Karina, Karina Karina!" in a really adorable way and asked to take my photo <3 One of them also showed me a card of her Sky high cosplay and I was O: cos it was really well done :) This moment made me smile so much <3

And yay for getting new beautiful photos to show off the character better!! Thank you Kitacon for being a treasure trove of back drops!! :3 This outfit was so fun to wear with my Kotetsu! The bar and piano photos I loved best and was seriously spolit for choice on which to pick <3 Thank you xXSylentiumXx!!


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by InfiniteJester on Monday, 8 August, 2011 - 19:29
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Tiger and Bunny is definitely getting a lot of love XD Be great to see it! Can't wait :D

by BakaBakaRangers on Monday, 8 August, 2011 - 19:44
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Wow, that is a mega cute outfit! Can't wait to see in made real! 8D

by KiraraYumi on Monday, 8 August, 2011 - 21:24
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Yay Karina! Her outfit is definately super cute, I think you're going to look brilliant! :D Also, thank you so much for your kind words on my Bunny-cha - I mean Barnaby. <_<

by Ino on Saturday, 10 September, 2011 - 23:12
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So cool. Love her outfit and you'll make such an awesome costume :D

by j_mercuryuk on Wednesday, 26 October, 2011 - 14:22
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Thanks so much for the encouraging comments everyone :) I'll try to make this as best as I can and not delete her :) I really wanna try my best to ban myself from that when I add a costume XD

@ Kila - heeeell yes indeed - hopefully! XD
@ kirarayumi - it is soo soo damn cute!! I really can't resist -^^-
@Ino - no worries on the comment, you deserve it - the preview shot looked so good! and thank you! ^^ lol bunny-chan XD

by Pandora-Chi on Wednesday, 26 October, 2011 - 14:35
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I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE. other words, do want to see, plz 8D <33 T&B is amazing!

by x-Blade-x on Thursday, 5 January, 2012 - 19:59
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sorry to hear about all the problems...Im sure its going to look amazing...good luck with this ^_^

by SamanthaKaiba on Thursday, 16 February, 2012 - 03:55
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though i dont know the series, this is a really cute looking character!

by FuriePhoenix on Thursday, 16 February, 2012 - 22:31
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@ samanthakaiba - I so hope I can get through to the end without any more drama XD... even if there is, I hope it's minimal XD and aww thank you :3
@ Furiephoenix - I know right?! It's so cute but my goodness the dress is so tedious... ¬.¬ Still I'm liking the fact I'm making progress XD

by Pandora-Chi on Friday, 17 February, 2012 - 00:11
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You make such an adorable Karina!! I will be on the lookout for you at Hyper for piccys ^-^

by JustPeachy on Wednesday, 22 February, 2012 - 21:35
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Looks really good! You look really cute in this costume it suits you muchly. :D

by Natsumi on Wednesday, 22 February, 2012 - 22:06
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You look perfect! and the boots look fine to me :)

by Saffron on Thursday, 23 February, 2012 - 12:16
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fff!~ omg you look so good in thissss~ :'D outfit really suits you!~ wigs perfect too!~ looking forward to seeing mroe photos! >]

by LemonPanda on Friday, 24 February, 2012 - 18:12
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Such an awesome Karina! Was awesome to see you :D

by Marisa-Chan on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 20:48
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you look great in this

by SamanthaKaiba on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 22:04
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never seen the series but you looked awesome :D great job

by lilkimmi27 on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 22:26
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uuuu you looked so beautiful <3 was a pleasure to meet you :')

by Saffron on Sunday, 26 February, 2012 - 22:52
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Omg! Why didn't you say I! I saw you twice with Adam (tiger) and was like- You were aweomse as Carina! Well Done love!

by Manticore on Friday, 2 March, 2012 - 14:21
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Ah! That was you~~~ =D Hehe, you make such a lovely Karina, I was so excited when I saw you at Hyper Japan!! My face------> *____*
Thankyou for crediting me in your photo too, that's super thoughtful of you! you mind if I borrow it for my Ivan page? XD;;; *has no recent photos*.
Gee, I hope you're able to do this again sometime~

by sarmander on Friday, 2 March, 2012 - 22:33
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YAY thankyou~! =D
OH...well....I don't want to force your hand or anything, especially if you have other plans, but, well, if you're stuck for things to do at Kita I'll be re-wearing Ivan and I'll be hanging out with a Keith. Even if not, I hope to see you at Kita anyway~ ^___^V

by sarmander on Saturday, 3 March, 2012 - 00:35
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Your Karina costume is wonderful! You suit her very well~~

by Ino on Saturday, 3 March, 2012 - 01:24
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Really nice Karina. It suits you so well and the dress looks fabulous.

by j_mercuryuk on Saturday, 3 March, 2012 - 12:49
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I saw you in this at Hyper, very briefly! 8D You were talking to someone though so I didn't say anything xP
You looked really awesome as Karina! Still can't get over how cute this outfit is, and you did it complete justice! x3

by KiraraYumi on Saturday, 3 March, 2012 - 15:07
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Thank you so much everyone ^^ I had fun wearing her and will do so again in the future - I still wanna make boot covers even though I despise the process XD

@ Manticore - aww thank you and I wasn't sure if it was you that I passed ... it only hit me when I saw u on stage which was brilliant and congrates again :) x
@ Sarmander - Don't worry you're not forcing me cos I'm actually stuck for one more outfit for Kita anyways and was considering to drag up Karina lol But if I don't, I'll hopefully see you there as Ivan again with Keith 8D xx
@ Kirarayumi - I didn't know you were at HJ! And aww bless, u shoulda came up to me cos I haven't spoken to you properly but there are other cons so we could always meet then :) And aww thank you for the comment x

by Pandora-Chi on Saturday, 3 March, 2012 - 22:19
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I just love it! my tiger would love to get shots with you! :) very awesome cosplay!

by Captain_Marvelous on Monday, 12 March, 2012 - 03:26
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You make suuuuuch a cute Karina <333
I seriously need to watch this show now D:

by CrystalNeko on Wednesday, 21 March, 2012 - 23:22
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I'm not overly familiar with Tiger and Bunny but you did look completely adorable in this when I saw you at Kita :3

by lumpyspacepanda on Thursday, 19 April, 2012 - 07:49
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Woman! I new I recognised you! DAMNIT ELLEN! Why!! You so cute for! My Kotetsu screams to stroke you ^_^

by Manticore on Thursday, 19 April, 2012 - 11:00
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I love your Karina, it's just so cute! Lovely photos and cosplay! :D

by Eloraborealis on Friday, 20 April, 2012 - 14:44
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So jelly of your karina youre soooooo gorgeous I wish i could pull off Blue rose to do with you xD;
Loved seeing you at Kita <3333

by Solaria on Sunday, 22 April, 2012 - 17:53
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This is amazing! I've only just watched this show so now i can appreciate how beautiful you look! The costume is so well made too! Im gonna be cosplaying Kotetsu for Ame, shame we couldnt get photos together ><

by Lozzie on Tuesday, 24 April, 2012 - 08:09
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Yaay Karina! I was so excited to see you at Kita(´∀`*)
You looked amazingly cute and cheerful, just like Karina!
Shame I didn't have enough time to wonder around at Hyper Japan to find you though><

by Toko on Friday, 4 May, 2012 - 21:15


Karina ref (Posted 17th April 2012)

This was the main ref that I used :3

Boot covers (Posted 8th April 2012)

I despise making boot covers with a passion and the experience to make Karina's did not lessen my hatred one bit XD Ok I didn't have to sew them but my annoying attention to accuracy bothered me if I didn't ^^; Her set of covers were a tad more tricky than Mai's cos one 1, extra little details like the buckle and straps were included and 2, the fact how her base shoes were flat slippers with a small heel and not a pair of boots, did make it a little more difficult to get it to fit right to my legs.
I wanted to make a little flap at the front of the boots to cover that centre seam but I couldn't get the shape right so that it would lie smoothly so I abandoned the idea. The back of these are done terribly cos of zip insertion problems so please do not take any note of them from behind! ><

Hat redone (Posted 22nd February 2012)

I didn't know whether to laugh or cry when I found this out but there was something about this cosplay that made me feel really uneasy but had no idea what... then it suddenly hit me when I looked at the reference pic again and what I made - I sewed the triangle thing upside down DX I had a moment of panic cos I thought I had to remake the hat all over again but then I calmed myself and realised all I had to do was quick unpick everything and sew it up again XD In the midst of this, I checked to make sure my dress was ok and it was :D I swear if I sewed my dress wrong I woulda screamed!! >< Thank fully it took no more than an hour to redo and so glad I did not bondaweb everything which I was planning ^^;;

Jacket wip 2 (Posted 22nd February 2012)

Happy with the choice of fur this time, I remade everything again whilst almost pankicking that I only had a few days to finish DX It took longer than I wanted it to and never in my life do I recall a cosplay that had to require so much hand basting XD The most trickiest things about this jacket was the collar construction and the band at the bottom - the most tedious thing was to make bias tape DX It's soooo messy but I am beyond caring with the jacket ^^;; I'm just happy that it's got the right kinda shape and the collar is all so soft XD

Jacket 1 draft (Posted 19th February 2012)

So I begun the jacket - cutted out all the pieces, sewed them together, made up the collar pattern from left over bed sheets and half way through, I decided to remake it XD
1, I didn't like the darts curving round the bust area for the jacket and 2, the fur that I had purchased for the collar was malting awfully >.< at this time I was searching for what I had in the house that I could perhaps use as a substitute - the closest thing I had was felt which I decided to try and use anyways and it didn't look right so I had choice but to go out to get some nicer quality fur DX

Wig complete (Posted 17th February 2012)

First 2 photos show the before and after images :3 Also, including what it looks like with the hat cos I like it that much XD

Hat complete :3 wig wip (Posted 16th February 2012)

Decided to make the hat today and though there are imperfections, I quite like it - it hasn't got the exact shape I want but it's really cute <3 <3

Along with the hat, I decided to re-use my straight Alice Lidell wig and curl it to match Karina's wavy hair. Though it isn't the most perfect wig, I neither had the time nor money to buy a new one for her so this one will do for now since it is the right colour that I need - still have to cut the bangs though

Arm warmers (Posted 16th February 2012)

Since I couldn't do anything about the zip until I go out again, I decided to concentrate on the others things - made the arm warmers in about 3 hours or so :3

Dress semi complete.... (Posted 15th February 2012)

After finally sewing bias tape along the neckline, sleeve edge, ruffles and triangle applique, I finally thought, yes! I'm making progress! I've got a dress!! .... but then it was just my luck with this cosplay that as soon as I placed it on the dress making dummy to take a photo of, the zip freakin broke!! 3$*$nd&g£@ >:( GAH!! It was just one nightmare after another with this damn thing!!! Though it's not exactly gonna take me a lot of time nor cost me much to buy a new one, the point is, I have to start all over again to install a zip!! RAGGGGGGGE!!!!!!! ><

Under the bust ruffles (Posted 11th February 2012)

The next annoying bit of this dress was to create (as it says in the title) the ruffles which are shaped around the chest - I was actually quite nervous about this cos I have a thing about dresses with a line outlining the bust region cos normally, it never fits XD but using my dress making dummy, it's all good in the end - also for an extra little detail, I decided to rouge up the centre :3

Dress decoration prep (Posted 7th February 2012)

I actually made a start on this way back in January but I had a major problem with the dress from day one so I decided to come back to it later DX I brought a pattern which was basically a fitted pencil dress and I thought it'll be perfect - unfortunately, this dress pattern involved sewing a lapped zip at the back which meant the back panel had to be split in half and then sewed together which I didn't want for preference as I wanted a side zip instead. However, when I tried to sew the back panel as being one, it was seriously baggy and it didn't fit to my shape at all so I stressed out about it and left this cosplay alone cos it wasn't my priority at the time...
After a long thought, my solution was to alter a pattern I had already - however, it was a shirt pattern which meant I had to extend it and place my own darts where it was needed – after much trial and error, I finally got the shape and thus could actually start on the ruffles and triangle appliqué! … which was a pain in itself DX

Necklace (Posted 11th January 2012)

The first thing I decided to make a start on was the necklace cos it was the easiest and less expensive part of the outfit XD Karina's necklace is not very clearly drawn thus it can be interpreted in many ways ^_~ The way I see it, they're green gem like beads. The white glass pearls were an extra touch I decided to add :3